Saturday 10 December 2016

US vote shows unequal society built on strange bedfellows

Published 21/09/2016 | 02:30

Supporters cheer at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. Photo: Getty
Supporters cheer at a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. Photo: Getty

I have never experienced America so divided. Even in liberal New York, there's a palpable sense that Hillary is losing it and the horror of a Trump presidency is being entertained by almost everyone.

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Last night, in Douglas's Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, most people thought he wouldn't even have got out of the first few Republican primaries, but he won it and in the process destroyed one of the most powerful institutions in America - the Grand Old Party.

At the bar, these cops and firemen regard Trump as a ridiculous fraud, a scam-artist, an unhinged self-promoter with the maturity of a spoilt child. They know him; they are New Yorkers after all and so is he. They find his lying, particularly about his role around 9/11, despicable. But despite all the lies, the cheating, the insults and the appeal to the most base racist urges in American society, he is ahead in the polls.

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