Why I Get My News about Trumpism from Late-Night Comedy

Trump provides enough absurdity for a comic script. There is no need for comedians to embellish what he says. Why, then, do we watch comedy shows that essentially repeat what Trump has just said?

If you’d asked me yesterday, I couldn’t quite have put my finger on it. Fortunately, Masha Gessen (they/them), a Russian-American journalist who criticizes Putin and Trump, explains this phenomenon in their new book, Surviving Autocracy, released June 2.