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A political house built on mass delusion cannot stand. That lesson was delivered the hard way to the Republican Party when its anticipated “red wave” turned out to be a nosebleed, compliments of voters who’d had enough of the Big Lie and its extended family of false beliefs.

Sadly for democracy, Donald Trump is a carrier of contagious mental pathology that has led many decent folks into clinical-level group psychosis. An interviewer’s recent exchange with a woman attending a Trump rally illustrated the phenomenon.

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Joseph Wyatt is a Gazette-Mail contributing columnist and emeritus professor at Marshall University. Reach him at

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