In Donald Trump’s inaugural address he promised to save America from crime and disorder. ‘This American carnage stops right here, right now,’ he said. Four months into his presidency, editor-in-chief of Slate, Julia Turner, discusses Trump’s progress with data editor of The Guardian US Mona Chalabi, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, and George Saunders, whose New Yorker story Who Are All These Trump Supporters? pictured a country savagely divided along ideological lines, each with its own customised, ‘trusted’ information sources.

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George Saunders

George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University. Fox 8 is his latest book.