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August 22, 2016

Art Critic Imagines a Trump Effect on Cultural Landscape

In a satiric piece for the Washington Post imagining how a Donald Trump presidency might impact the arts, critic Philip Kennicott suggests that the Republican nominee, if elected, could rile up forces that would censor or police speech and cut federal funding the arts. 

Drawing on Mr. Trump's public comments, past episodes of "cultural repression," and "plausible extrapolations" based on the history and theory of authoritarianism, Mr. Kennicott sketches how a President Trump might use art that criticizes him as a pretext for cutting funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural entities. The critic also imagines Mr. Trump pushing multicultural arts institutions to devote more attention to “great Americans.”