|Joyce Carol Oates|
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Joyce Carol Oates
ON DONALD TRUMPFriday 12 August 2016 15.00 BST
Nathanael West’s wildly parodistic A Cool Million (1934), Sinclair Lewis’s bluntly satirical It Can’t Happen Here (1935) and Philip Roth’s more subtly modulated and ingeniously conceived The Plot Against America (2004) should provide some plausible background for the rise of Trump.
The actual rise of Trump was made possible by a curiously limited, outmoded system of primaries in the Republican party that gives wildly disproportionate weight to extremists – a problem with our congressional elections.
• Joyce Carol Oates’s latest book is The Doll-Master (Head of Zeus).