Trump's chief of staff implied that the South can't be blamed for trying to retain the practice in the 1860s because at the time most of the world's people favored slavery. Not true.
The former Marine general is facing harsh criticism for arguing that "lack of ability to compromise" led to the Civil War and for praising Robert E. Lee as a "noble man."
Across the United States, Europe and the Middle East, unitary states are splintering under the leadership of divisive nationalist demagogues.
Monuments to those no longer admired should be removed.
Pretexts and posturing run throughout the public discourse, dominated by partisan apparatchiks around both Trump and the Democrats.
Trump "openly courted and openly activated the forces of white supremacy in this country," the author says.