Saturday 17 August 2019

Ian O'Doherty: 'Everyone's a winner as Trump carries on blundering'

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Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

We're now about three quarters of the way through Trump's first term as US president. As things stand, he looks a decent bet to grab a second term as well.

The reason? The Democrats have simply become the gang that couldn't shoot straight.

Once the party of the blue-collar working class, they've become obsessed with race, gender, identity and the politics of grievance.

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Four new Congress women, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and collectively known as 'the squad', have been busy accusing Nancy Pelosi and the party's leadership of racism and being terribly mean to"four young women of colour".

Another day, another example of a party determined to hand the next election to the man they hate more than any other.

So what does Trump do? Sit back and watch them implode? Hardly.

Instead, he told the four of them feck off back to where they came from - a spectacularly dumb move, particularly as only one of the squad, Ilhan Omar, was born outside America.

But the fallout was more interesting than the actual comments - because it turned out that everyone was a winner.

Campaign donations to the squad went through the roof. Money also surged into Trump's coffers from those who agreed with him.

That's the great unspoken secret of American politics right now - the Dems need Trump, because they define themselves through the prism of their opposition to him.

The business of America is business, and the political business is no different.

If I was Trump, I'd be looking for a percentage of the donations, because the Dems wouldn't have got them without him.

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