Sunday, November 13, 2016

A look back at The Globe’s look forward

THE PREDICTION market has been all over the lot forecasting Donald Trump’s first actions after he moves into the White House on January 20th He’s made a lot of promises about his Day One action items. While the facts are anyone’s guess, and will be for another 68 days or so, we can thank The Boston Globe again for its tongue-in-cheek look at life under a President Trump.

The Globe created a fictional front page reporting the actions of President The Donald on Sunday, April 9, 2017. If the headlines are even close to being right, it should be a very big day: “Markets sink as trade war looms.” “Curfews extended in multiple cities.” “DEPORTATIONS TO BEGIN.” “U.S. soldiers refuse orders to kill ISIS families.”

When the parody page was first published by the Globe on April 10, it was generally received as a principled lark, a spirited piece of journalistic satire in the classic adversarial tradition. But back in April, we had the luxury of time, or we thought we did. At least then, we had a chance to push back what’s pushing against us as a nation, right now.

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