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'He tells it like it is:' The privileged politics of personal insult

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States. Aside from the predictable incoherence, his “prepared” remarks were notable for his infamous declaration that Mexicans are an insufferable plague on American society, and immigration is evil because “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Most observers were shocked, but nonetheless didn’t give the issue its full due because conventional wisdom also held that there was no way he’d be a major contender for the nomination.
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