Tuesday 21 November 2017

Leave Donald Trump alone, he is brash - but he's trying a new way

With over 50 years of political reporting under his belt, Bruce Arnold feels he can admit to supporting Trump
Disruptive: US President Donald Trump is trying to rectify absurdities Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Disruptive: US President Donald Trump is trying to rectify absurdities Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

I watched the three debates between the two contenders for the American presidency. They were addressing two audiences and any attempt to come to clashes or conflict foundered over the abyss between them. Only connect, one wanted to say, only connect.

On the night before the vote, I said to friends I thought Donald Trump would win. There was a thoughtful response to this, but no support. It seemed highly improbable.

I stayed up for the count and watched as parts of the media collapsed in confusion. The voice of America had backed the wrong side. It had assumed Hillary Clinton would win and that Trump would bow out. The reverse happened.

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