We are long past the point where the story of Donald Trump became stranger and more lurid than a Hollywood movie.

What does "long past the point" mean?

(This quote came from a translated Chinese news article)

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In this context, it simply means that the time when Donald Trump's story became stranger and more lurid than a Hollywood movie is long gone.

In other words, it happened way back in time.

It is worth mentioning here that the time is not quantified in the sentence. Rather, it just stresses on the point that it was a long time ago. Exactly how long ago is unknown.

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    Thank you so much for your help ! BTW past here is a Verb?
    – Steve Choi
    Jan 12, 2017 at 7:41
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    @SteveChoi: No, past is a preposition. Long is an adverb modifying the whole PP past the point - it can only be used in this way when it refers to a length of time, so it constrains "past the point" to mean in a temporal sense: "a long time after the point when ..."
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 12, 2017 at 7:59

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