NY Times Opinion: Mysterious Sounds and Scary Illnesses as Political Tools

By Lisa Diedrich and Benjamin Tausig
New York Times

Indirect Action (Lisa Diedrich)Mr. Trump exploits people’s preconceptions about sound in a manner similar to his exploitation of illness, to signify a hidden, never-quite-graspable threat to the nation. Like the unspecified (and perhaps unverifiable) sonic cause of these health attacks, the reported illnesses are vague and unspecific. Mr. Trump has often turned to illness politics — portraying his opponents as weak, sick and neurotic.

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