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I do not know about my audience, but I am old enough to remember a time when the President of the United States was not involved in multiple national scandals every day. I also remember a time when tracking public perception about political figures lacked digital data. The amount of data about public opinion available for review seems nearly as vast as the number of incidents and public officials in which people are interested.

In 2015, the Paris terrorist attack resulted in a steep climb in Facebook Likes for Mr. Trump, whose early enthusiasm had given easy to support for Dr. Ben Carson, who seemed like the more calm version of a partisan neophyte the GOP realized it craved in Trump. Somehow the reality TV show host was the loudest choice on matters of national security, and he shot back to the top where he stayed.