We have to stop normalising the absurd
I want to take you back to 9th November 2016. A lucky few of us are crammed into a hotel room in Washington that’s doubling as our Newsnight office.
It’s around 9am. And we’ve worked through the night. An election show—which ended later than usual—in Times Square, New York. Followed by a mad dash headlong into the dawn rush hour of a traffic-clogged DC.
I am unslept, bewildered, frizzy haired and badly in need of a bath.
And Donald Trump has just won the presidential election.
London is fully awake—they have five hours on us. And from my editor, Ian Katz, comes an exhortation I will never forget.
“Do not normalise this moment,” he says.
This is—perhaps—where it all starts.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a huge honour to be here tonight.
Thank you for bearing with the drop-intro. You’ll have to forgive me—the…
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