Thursday 8 December 2016

Willie Kealy: Trump shows we're just one charismatic nutter away from a rude awakening

Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump holds up a crying young child from the crowd as he arrives at a Trump campaign rally in New Orleans, Louisiana last March. REUTERS/Layne Murdoch Jr
Donald Trump holds up a crying young child from the crowd as he arrives at a Trump campaign rally in New Orleans, Louisiana last March. REUTERS/Layne Murdoch Jr

What we have is a failure to understand Americans. They are generous and proud of themselves and their country, but fearful sometimes to the point of paranoia and resentful about the rest of the world.

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Their generosity is of the charitable kind - they like it to be voluntary. But they don't like being told to be generous to the less fortunate. They call that socialism, which they equate with communism.

Of late they have been suspicious and resentful not just of the rest of the world, but of Washington, where they see professional politicians for whom winning is all; getting to Washington and forgetting about their constituents. Barack Obama imposed on working people another cost they felt they could not afford. They saw the big corporations taking their jobs outside the country with the connivance of Washington; terrorists' threats to their homeland, and being expected to be the world's policeman and pay for the privilege.

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