Wednesday 22 February 2017

Pandering to populism sowed the seeds of Trump's victory

Published 13/01/2017 | 02:30

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.

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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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