Tuesday 17 January 2017

As Trump slouches towards Washington, no one is making jokes about him anymore

Niall O'Dowd

Published 08/12/2015 | 02:30

'Trump supporters have not lost their minds. They see him as a prophet extolling their virtues'
'Trump supporters have not lost their minds. They see him as a prophet extolling their virtues'

In times of war people want strength, Donald Trump told audiences last weekend, capitalising on the barely-concealed national hysteria about Isil next door which has gripped many Americans.

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The polls seem to bear Trump and his tough talk out. After Paris, the latest CNN poll showed Trump's lead over his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination spurting to 20 points, with fewer than two months to the first votes in Iowa. Who knows what the recent massacre in San Bernardino will do to his poll numbers?

Trump is WB Yeats's "rough beast" slouching towards Bethlehem to be born. Working class white Americans cannot get enough of him. His crowds are massive. He uses the most insulting and racist terms, yet they follow him like Moses into the desert.

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