Friday 21 July 2017

The inevitable fall of Donald Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been accused of a number of sexual assaults Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been accused of a number of sexual assaults Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Editorial

Editorial

Major poll aggregators now show Hillary Clinton with a lead between five and eight points over Donald Trump in the presidential election in the United States, which is her best advantage in quite a while. As a historical reference, since the dawn of modern polling, no presidential candidate has won after trailing by this much with four weeks remaining.

So, does Trump still have any chance of winning the presidency? The short answer must be no. After making significant gains on Hillary Clinton in September, he has suffered a dismal two weeks, kicked off by a poor debate performance and a series of ill-advised tweets about a former Miss Universe, followed by the bombshell release of a decade-old recording of him making lewd comments about women that has resulted in a chorus of calls among Republicans for him to drop out of the race. Then on Wednesday, The New York Times reported on two women who alleged that Trump had assaulted them. A number of allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump have surfaced since. For his part, the Republican nominee has denied the accusations, taking to Twitter to vent his frustrations. His lawyer has sent a letter to The New York Times demanding that the newspaper retract the story.

In a wild, conspiratorial speech on Thursday, he blamed a "concerted, coordinated, and vicious attack" by the media and the Clinton campaign. He explained that his campaign represented an "existential threat" to "those who control the levers of power in Washington," and "the global special interests," and it was their counter attack that was behind his current troubles. If he loses, he said, it will be because the system is "rigged".

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