Friday 28 July 2017

Pandering to populism sowed the seeds of Trump's victory

US President-elect Donald Trump argues with a reporter during his recent news conference at Trump Tower, NYC. Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
US President-elect Donald Trump argues with a reporter during his recent news conference at Trump Tower, NYC. Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The apparent panic by 'the establishment' and the Republican Party (GOP) currently playing out in the US should serve as a wake-up call to all politicians who imagine they can distance themselves from responsibility, in particular ministers and, especially, prime ministers.

The seeds of Donald Trump's win were sowed with the establishment of the Tea Party movement.

Initially, the GOP imagined it had a puppet movement, but it was wrong.

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