Thursday 26 April 2018

We would all go wild for an Irish Trump

We shouldn't be too smug about how populism is sweeping US politics, says Brendan O'Connor. The same could easily happen here

The Donald: The Republican candidate has been leading in the polls in the US Photo: REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
The Donald: The Republican candidate has been leading in the polls in the US Photo: REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

We are feeling snootier than ever about America these days. Looking down on the country that pretty much defines most of our lives in terms of cinema, TV, music, books, media and thought, is a big pastime with All Right Thinking People.

Most Americans don't even have passports is an oft quoted line to illustrate the ignorance of the diverse population of this massive continent. To explain away anything good that does come out of America, All Right Thinking People will point out to you that it happened on the coast. New York and California are okay apparently. The rest of it? Ignorant hillbillies with guns.

But even All Right Thinking People are a bit taken aback at the popularity of Donald Trump. Even with their low view of Americans, All Right Thinking People still didn't believe that a barbarian like Trump could seriously threaten to become US president. Not with the mass ranks of liberal media types in Ireland and the UK plus George Clooney and the Hollywood liberals lined up against him.

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