Published: 20 January, 2017
• AS I write, the stark results of a Trump victory in the American presidential election are becoming manifest in agonising detail. This will certainly be no vintage year.
Hillary Clinton had an air of machine politics about her, a demi-mondaine of the Washington establishment and power elite.
But she represented gravitas and solidarity in relation to international politics, while Trump was a tinpot candidate, expressing the views of the tunnel-visioned, blue-collar caucus.
His remarks on Latinos and government and welfare are those of a psychopathic dictator in a banana republic. His references to minorities and racial groups, government administration and world trade, military and diplomatic alliances, combined with disdain for the Third World and support for dictatorial regimes like those of Putin, are shuddering in the extreme.
Remember how Hitler deployed the democratic machine of the Weimar Republic to establish his own unimpeachable despotism.
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