Tuesday 12 December 2017

Be in no doubt, we could be just months away from saying 'President Trump'

'Never in the history of modern US politics has a candidate been so derided.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
'Never in the history of modern US politics has a candidate been so derided.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Ruth Sherlock

Here at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the 'Grand Old Party' is preparing to crown Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. Many, even on his own side, find it a baffling and self-destructive development. But they can deny it no longer. Today in the convention hall, there will be a roll call of his support from states across America. Let no one be in any doubt, this is support that could sweep Trump into the White House.

For those still wondering how he has done it, Brexit Britain offers many useful pointers. For a long time, it seemed that Brexit could not happen. Then as it appeared more likely, the UK's metropolitan establishment, its political elite, the vast majority of its business leaders, as well as assorted celebrities and generals, insisted that it must not happen. By entertaining the very notion, they warned darkly, the country was playing at the cliff edge.

A patronising narrative developed. Anyone conceiving of voting to Leave was, by definition, reckless, stupid, or both.

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