Bombast in an age of resentment.

The word bombast — now used for inflated rhetoric — once defined cotton padding sewn or inserted into clothing to make the wearer’s size look more impressive. King Henry VIII of England was a fan, and so were those who wanted to boost their image and could afford to. To my mind, Trump is the poster boy for bombast. Everything about him invites caricature, be it his orange tan, his girth, his improbable combover. He struts onto the stage with exaggerated confidence, he talks about …

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