Friday 28 July 2017

Trump is a crude populist but we have our own homegrown versions

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – who now leads all of his Republican rivals in most polls – is greeted by delighted supporters at a campaign rally in Mesa, Arizona. Photo: Reuters/Nancy Wiechec
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – who now leads all of his Republican rivals in most polls – is greeted by delighted supporters at a campaign rally in Mesa, Arizona. Photo: Reuters/Nancy Wiechec
David Quinn

David Quinn

Donald Trump has become the latest American politician we love to hate. Since the departure of George W Bush from the landscape that is a space that has needed filling and Trump is now filling it just fine. He seems to go out of his way to be hated, just so long as he is hated by the sort of people his own supporters hate in their turn.

From his claim that Mexico is sending rapists to America as illegal migrants, to his insulting insinuation that a female reporter giving him a hard time must have been menstruating, to his most controversial statement so far, namely that Muslims should not be allowed into the US, Trump has been courting controversy and the more he does it, the more popular he seems to get.

Currently, Trump is leading all of his Republican rivals in most polls. But here is the really alarming thing; in national polls this obvious and manifest buffoon is not as far behind the clear Democrat front-runner, Hillary Clinton, as you might think. The latest poll of polls puts her on 48.9pc but Trump on a very respectable 43.7pc.

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