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The Year of Trump: from reality TV distraction to frighteningly feasible

The Year of Trump: from reality TV distraction to frighteningly feasible

By now, Donald Trump was supposed to have been a historical footnote alongside the likes of Herman Cain and Pat Buchanan. But 2015 likely won't be able to contain the Donald's presidential candidacy, so before we look toward 2016 for a potential Trump endgame (if there ever is one), it's worth looking back on the reader reaction to the unlikeliest of Republican front-runners.

When Trump announced his candidacy last June, The Times' letter writers dismissed him as having all the staying power of a reality TV star. Since then, the reader reaction to seemingly every major news event of the year has changed and become more caustic once Trump has weighed in.

Here's a brief recap of...

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