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Toxic divisions won't end just because Trump is on his way out

Eilis O'Hanlon


The appeal of populism is undiluted and meaningless soundbites about 'coming together' won't heal the discontent, says Eilis O'Hanlon

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A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag through the U.S. Capitol building. Photo: Reuters

A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag through the U.S. Capitol building. Photo: Reuters

A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag through the U.S. Capitol building. Photo: Reuters

There are many valid reactions to last week's attack on the Capitol building by supporters of Donald Trump as Congress met to ratify the election of Joe Biden as next US President, but surprise surely isn't one of them.

Anyone who hasn't noticed that "loser's consent" is a thing of the past these days can't have been paying attention. Someone or something, shadowy and sinister behind the scenes, is always deemed to be at fault when democratic votes go against your most cherished desires. This is what fuels the ongoing culture war between two sides loosely described as conservatives and progressives - and it's a conflict which has been gleefully stoked by many of the very people who are suddenly clutching pearls and pretending to be horrified at mob disorder.


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