A Trumped-Up High-School Election

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Every fall, Townsend Harris High School, in Queens, simulates an ongoing election. Students play the parts of candidates, the media, super PACs, and voters. But can the coarsest of elections be cleaned up for school? The New Yorker’s Joshua Rothman visits Townsend Harris and speaks with the students who play Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and with a teacher who's trying to keep a civics lesson from going off the rails.