Wednesday 24 May 2017

Silent private sector may soon throw up an Irish Trump

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Last Monday, my sister Bridget, the radical socialist in the family, who recently retired to Ireland after 40 years' working as a trauma nurse alongside black and Latino staff in some of the toughest American hospitals, flew back across the Atlantic to vote for Donald Trump.

You can read her reasons elsewhere in the paper. But they boil down to James Carville's advice to Bill Clinton: it's the economy, stupid.

My sister's decision to back Trump shocked me at first. But reflecting on her reasons has forced me to face four hard truths.

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