Sunday 21 January 2018

Trump is exploiting fear and hatred in America

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump at a rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Images
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump at a rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Images
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Is it not ironic that the odious and bombastic Donald Trump – infamous for his monosyllabic, bigoted hate-speech – has garnered sufficient popular support to be the leading presidential candidate for the party of Lincoln. 

It is oft said that Americans don’t get irony, but it is actually nuance that eludes them. In contradistinction, Hilary Clinton’s evocation of the “better angels of our nature” in the service of coalition-building, may have the righteous verisimilitude to be appealing.

Trump is the product of the morally bankrupt American socio-economic system, which rewards the most Machiavellian as so-called winners at the expense of social cohesion and a shared humanity.

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