Sunday 22 January 2017

More violence the better for Trump, with his campaign propelled by fear

Niall O'Dowd

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

Supporters hold up signs while listening to Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Supporters hold up signs while listening to Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida. REUTERS/Scott Audette

The Orlando massacre is just the latest dreadful twist in an American election season that has defied all logic and comprehension. Unfortunately, it will likely help Donald Trump far more than Hillary Clinton.

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Trump has been shouting "fire" in this particular theatre for some time now, warning that the Muslim hordes are coming to America. This terrible incident will make believers out of more Americans than ever, convinced they are about to be bombarded by terrorist atrocities.

Since 9/11, America has changed. Many feel the open and generous spirit of its immigration policies are being exploited by those intent on doing it harm. Like in Britain, Europe and elsewhere, they want a crackdown on immigration, especially from the Arab world. Trump has been their champion.

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