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IT’S DISORIENTING ENOUGH THAT THE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATES USING INTERNET ‘MEMES’ — THOSE LITTLE PACKAGES OF IMAGE AND TEXT THAT DOMINATE SOCIAL MEDIA. IT’S EVEN STRANGER TO CONSIDER THAT HIS POLICIES MAY HAVE THE SAME ORIGINS.

On the 12th day of the federal government shutdown, the 45th president of the United States of America posted a meme on his Instagram account: an image of his half-glowering, half-smirking visage, hovering gigantically above the Southwestern desert, dwarfing the picture’s centerpiece — a rendering of his signature campaign promise — and, in a familiar font, some explanatory text: “The Wall Is Coming.” It’s an image that makes you think, that’s from HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” — sort of, and then makes you think about the unique privileges and burdens of living in this moment in history.

There are so many unusual aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency that his willingness to communicate with the public through internet memes is often overshadowed. Typically, he retweets images

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