Saturday 24 August 2019

Bombastic Trump continues to defy logic

Darragh Clifford
Darragh Clifford
The controversial billionaire Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican race.

By Darragh Clifford

It may be 15 months away from the actual election day, but the race to become the 45th president of the United States has been making headlines across the globe in recent weeks. And it is largely because of one man - Donald Trump.

The decision by the highly-controversial tycoon to enter the race for the Republican Party nomination has sparked fierce debate on both sides of the Atlantic over his suitability for office. At first, his involvement in the race was dismissed as a novelty, but his soaring popularity in the opinion polls has left even the most seasoned political observers baffled.

Last Thursday night, Fox News hosted the first televised debate among the frontrunners for the Republican nomination, and was seen as Trump's first real test of the race. Rather than toning down his bombastic demeanour for the debate, Trump continued his 'shoot from the hip' style which has won over millions of Americans.

The following day, Trump made a highly offensive remark regarding one of the hosts of the debate, Megyn Kelly, when he suggested the popular TV personality had 'blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her - wherever.'

It was a downright disgusting remark from the billionaire, but what's more incredulous is the fact that the comment hasn't damaged Trump in the polls. A weekend poll conducted by NBC News had Trump on 23%, well clear of his nearest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, who was on 13%.

To add fuel to the fire, Trump is refusing to apologise for the remark, as he feels he has done nothing wrong. 'I will apologise if I'm wrong,' said Trump. 'But I don't like apologising when I'm not wrong.'

Trump's presence in the race is causing widespread panic throughout the Republican Party. Many do not want to be associated with him and feel he is hijacking the race. But if Trump was to lose the nomination, he has not ruled out running as an independent, which would also be bad news for the Republicans, as it would, in theory, split their vote and hand the presidency to the Democrats - most likely Hilary Clinton.

The former First Lady's campaign has stalled somewhat, but it is early days. Like Trump and the Bush family, Clinton is a divisive figure in the US and is seen by many as cold, calculating and untrustworthy. That being said, her strong financial position should be enough to out-manoeuvre her nearest rival Bernie Sanders and win the Democratic nomination.

Whatever the outcome on November 8 2016, it is going to be a bumpy, highly entertaining ride. Donald Trump alone will ensure that.

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