Tuesday 6 December 2016

Colette Browne on US election day: 'The malign influence of Trumpism will endure far longer in politics'

Published 08/11/2016 | 02:30

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on November 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on November 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of Donald Trump cheer the GOP presidential nominee at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Getty

All the indications are that Donald Trump will lose today's US election, but the malign influence of Trumpism will endure far longer than its namesake's presidential ambitions.

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Speaking last week, US President Barack Obama warned that a Trump victory today would put the fate of the entire world at risk. Although the prediction sounds melodramatic, handing a man who can't be trusted to operate his own Twitter account the nuclear codes could well end in a mushroom cloud.

Even if American voters avert that particular catastrophe, and Trump suffers the biggest and most public defeat of his career when he's rejected at the polls, his campaign has changed the face of politics, possibly irrevocably.

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