When Gen Pervez Musharraf suddenly declared himself president in June 2001, US State Department spokesperson Richard Boucher had publicly bristled at the Pakistani leader's audacity.
In November 2015, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right news and opinion site. In the course of the conversation, Bannon made the startling assertion that Silicon Valley has far too many Asian CEOs. An ominous portent of things to come? It certainly seems so today.