Monday 23 April 2018

Trump's street-brawling style delivers a knock-out punch to political debate in US

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is racing ahead of other US presidential candidates by breaking all the rules
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is racing ahead of other US presidential candidates by breaking all the rules

Matt K Lewis

After watching 'The Karate Kid' too often as a child, I decided to take taekwondo classes when I was about 12. During the sparring sessions, I quickly learnt that the most dangerous person to fight was not the 6ft 3in black belt, but the guy who walked in straight off the street.

A fighter with a black belt might have superior technique, but he also played by a set of predictable rules. Much more dangerous was the "newbie", who was unorthodox and unpredictable.

I was reminded of this recently as I watched Donald Trump race ahead of other Republican US presidential candidates by breaking all the rules.

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