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Isabella Ciambotti

Isabella Ciambotti, a former VQR intern, is a writer and designer in Charlottesville, VA. She was a recipient of the Wagenheim Memorial Scholarship at the University of Virginia, where she studied literary prose. 


A Fact-Binding Mission

Winter 2019 | Articles

A prominent theme of Donald Trump’s presidency has been a well-known adage turned upside down: Everyone is entitled to their own facts, but not their own opinions. With the help of the various state apparatuses at his disposal, the president has engaged in a project of reality-creation through deception. These elaborate machinations operate in a circular process, with Trump’s potential personal or political gains acting as the centrifugal force moving the process from one stage to the next.