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But but but the stock market

Making America great again? Maybe not so much.

The US has suffered a jarring “crash” in trust in its institutions in the first year of the Trump presidency, according to a new study, with its elites now as disparaging as the wider public of government, business and media.  The collapse in trust seen in the US was the most stark any country has seen in the 17-year history of the Edelman Trust Barometer, a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries, and came despite a growing economy, stock markets hitting record highs and a president vowing to make America great again.

It’s not surprising, is it. Our inability to function is right out there in the open for all to see. Our institutions failed to prevent an obviously incompetent and evil monster from being elected head of state. What trust in them could we have after that?

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson and Shannon Bond write that this dive was caused by falling confidence in government but that fall dragged the other institutions down along with it.

China, on the other hand, has riz.

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