Friday 30 September 2016

Trump is hard to like, even harder to defeat

Published 27/05/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Donald Trump. Photo: AP

President Trump: Have ever two words weighed more heavily on the hearts of liberal America?

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Behind the buffoonery, and hidden a few storeys beneath the sky-scraping bouffant, was a wildly improbable blueprint for success which yesterday yielded the magic numbers to avoid a contested convention.

Democrats' dreams of a runaway 2016 victory that would leave Republicans in the wilderness are already looking wide of the mark. There is no group that Donald Trump has not either mortally offended or bitterly divided in his ascent.

It has been a good few days for the ebullient billionaire. He has finally pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton, cutting through a double-digit lead, and he has rallied or at least silenced the bulk of his Republican rivals.

According to a 'Washington Post' survey, 85pc of Republicans plan to vote for their man. As Oklahoma party chairwoman Pam Pollard put it: "I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn't like where our country is."

Of course, there are considerable hurdles in the path of Mr Trump before he gets to Pennsylvania Avenue, not least of which are his low standing with women and minorities.

But so far every political prediction about The Donald might be taken with a pinch of salt.

Even those who have found him hard to like have had to concede that he is even harder to defeat.

Mr Trump has mastered the art of keeping his friends close and his enemies even closer, but he has also confounded many by turning foes to friends. He has seen off the 16 primary rivals pitted against him.

It's been said that there are no winners in battle, just survivors. Mr Trump has shown himself to be a survivor.

Irish Independent

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