Thursday 22 June 2017

Ruth Sherlock: The Donald's bluster only fans flames of divisive firestorm

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Ruth Sherlock

Donald Trump has discovered that in America there is one issue that even he cannot fool with. The bloviating billionaire asserted this week that, in a Trump presidency, there would be "punishment" for women who choose to have abortions.

It was a classic move by a Republican presidential candidate for whom espousing extreme solutions to key policy issues has become a trademark: America should kill the families of jihadists (foreign policy); it should torture its prisoners (national security); ban Muslims from entering the country, and build a wall on its southern border (immigration).

And as his frontrunner status shows, his tactics have helped.

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