Clinton's health woes present us with an appalling vista
The very real scenario where Hillary Clinton's health issues (Irish Independent, September 13) force her to drop out of the US presidential race forces us to confront the appalling vista of a Donald Trump triumph this November.
For, make no mistake, if Clinton was forced to quit, it would give Trump an almost unstoppable momentum that even the most serious Democratic replacement would find difficult to countenance. This is reinforced by the attempted softening of Trump's xenophobic rhetoric over the last number of weeks where his campaign team has been engaged in a persuasive and determined effort to delineate the outrageous Islamophobia, homophobia and casual patronising anti-Semitism from Trump's aggressive and personalised public discourse.
Despite Trump's faux concern for Clinton's health yesterday, despite his recent obfuscation on 'the wall' between America and Mexico and immigration, he remains committed to fostering an American ethos of isolation which abandons the principle of solidarity with western counterparts. In this endeavour, Trump has tapped into the undercurrent of American racism, which has infected every strata of society despite having an African-American president. These individuals are, for the most part, disillusioned and disenfranchised malcontents who until very recently had little or no direct connection with the wonderful aspirations of the American Constitution.