Monday 24 April 2017

A Trump victory would mean global chaos

If this Republican becomes US president, we will suffer along with our European neighbours

Could this man really become the world's policeman? A Trump presidency could have potentially devastating consequences for the Irish economy. And whether it would do anything for the people who support him is highly doubtful too. But still he rides high in the polls - and is now likely to be the official Republican candidate for the presidency. Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Could this man really become the world's policeman? A Trump presidency could have potentially devastating consequences for the Irish economy. And whether it would do anything for the people who support him is highly doubtful too. But still he rides high in the polls - and is now likely to be the official Republican candidate for the presidency. Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Donald Trump cannot be taken seriously as a person, as a businessman or as a politician. But the possibility that he could be president of the most powerful country on planet must now be taken very seriously.

After his victories in last week's primaries, the 69-year-old property billionaire is now likely to represent the Republican Party in November's presidential election. If his candidacy is confirmed at the Cleveland party convention in July, only Hillary Clinton will stand between him and the White House. That is an alarming prospect, for Ireland, Europe, the world, and for America itself.

Although Trump still remains an outside bet for the US presidency, the potential impact is so great that the consequences need to be thought through and considered.

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