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Donald Trump: the crazy-brave

Donald Trump: the crazy-brave

The explanation for the success of Donald Trump today lies in a column written 43 years ago — Watergate: The Phony-Tough Meet the Crazy-Brave — by the late Washington Post writer Stewart Alsop.

Arguably one of the finest columns ever written, it outlines two subsets of how the reasonable, decent "phony-toughs" (those who act tough as nails while privately living in abject fear) in the Nixon administration were mystified by the "crazy-brave" (those who are irresponsibly afraid of nothing and act...