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    My dispatch from the Philippines on the rise of President Rodrigo Duterte, in this week's @NewYorker: newyorker.com/magazine/2016/…

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    1/ I didn't write at about parallels between Trump and Duterte, but here are a few thoughts: First, It's hard to compare Trump and Duterte.

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    2/ The political context of the philippines is different than the U.S. It's way more dysfunctional and fractious. (Thanks, colonialism).

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    3/ Then there are their records: Duterte is a skilled and experienced politician. Trump is a political novice.

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    4/ Duterte campaigned on mass murder and rejection of human rights but even Trump hasn't endorsed extrajudicially killing immigrants.

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    5/ The Trump-Duterte comparison holds up in their style of communication. Both are crude and uncensored and delight in scandalizing elites.

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    6/ The "unhinged populist" style is perfectly suited for today's media ecosystem; it plays traditional + social media against each other.

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    7/ While journalists pick out the most outrageous (i.e. newsworthy) bits, anyone can see the source material.

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    8/ because the unhinged populist is unclear, supporters can find evidence in the full text to support a more sympathetic interpretation.

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    9/ So social media diehards--crucial to both Duterte Trump--are mobilized by a constant freaking out about "dishonest media."

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    10/ it fits perfectly into the anti-elitist message of the unhinged populist, while generating tons of free attention.

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    11/ And because it's never clear what they mean, exactly, the unhinged populist can "test out" extreme positions in real time.

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    12/ Based on the Duterte experience, I think it is important not to let Trump shrug off extreme statements as jokes or "campaign talk".

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    13/ But I don't think it's helpful to get so hung up on the literal meaning of his words that you lose sight of the game he is playing.

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    14/ Which is speaking in a way that maximizes the size of the gap between how his supporters and opponents understand his words.

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    15/ He gets power from that misunderstanding--the more people fight over what he says, the less people fight about what he does.

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    16/ The challenge for journalists will be to seriously explore the gap between how Trump's supporters and opponents understand him.

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    17/ In a way that doesn't excuse or rationalize it, but totally destroys its bullshit power.

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