Monday 23 January 2017

It may have been toxic, but Trump did speak to the marginalised

Published 10/11/2016 | 02:30

President-elect Donald Trump. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar
President-elect Donald Trump. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar

Hillary Clinton cut a tragic figure as she sought to absorb the deeply personal nature of her defeat, wondering what went so badly wrong for her.

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Donald Trump tended to do all the wrong things for the wrong reasons and seemed to be no match for the more measured and astute political skills of Mrs Clinton, who had to negotiate her way through the political maze while carrying considerable baggage. Sadly, her cause was weakened by the impression that her followers were more in line than in love with her.

Mr Trump systematically played on the most primitive fears of the electorate; principal among these being the fear of the threatening stranger - in his case Mexicans and Muslims - whom he persistently, negatively stereotyped. It seemed that he had radically overplayed his hand.

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