Monday 20 February 2017

Only a matter of time before Trump's star implodes

Published 30/01/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump speaks to veterans in Des Moines, Iowa this week Photo: Getty
Donald Trump speaks to veterans in Des Moines, Iowa this week Photo: Getty

The US presidential race shows a country which is deeply troubled. The fact Donald Trump, with his wild generalisations about race, gender and the state of the world, can attract almost rock-star status reflects a hunger in the population for change. Politics in America has been in decline for decades, destroyed by vested interests, big business and partisan divides with the arrival of groups like the Tea Party on the far right.

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This toxic mix has now been added to by a disgruntled middle class who feel the American Dream has gone sour. America was deeply wounded by two events within a decade - 9/11 in 2001 and the failed wars that followed, and seven years later the financial crash from which much of middle class America never recovered.

Suddenly, it's begun to dawn on Americans that maybe they are not so invincible any more, as the rise of China threatens their world status.

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