Sunday 11 December 2016

Totems of a divided nation are a direct result of Obama's toxic legacy in US

Published 11/08/2015 | 02:30

Donald Trump should have been dumped from the US presidential race months ago
Donald Trump should have been dumped from the US presidential race months ago

One of the more frustrating aspects of discussing American politics with Irish people is that it gives them free rein to indulge in the laziest cliché of them all - the assumption that the average American voter is either stupid or dangerous, or both.

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Nobody ever lost friends in this country by enjoying a good, old-fashioned and utterly cost-free sneer at the Yanks.

Indeed, the prevailing opinion, from the media down to the average bloke in the pub, is one which seems to believe that the most important country the world has ever seen is almost entirely populated by people called Bubba who care only about the Confederate flag and their constitutional right to shoot anyone who looks different to them.

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