Donald Trump’s moment

Conventional wisdom dictates that he will lose to Hillary Clinton, but conventional wisdom had also dictated that he had no chance of winning the nomination


Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

It’s official. With the 2016 Republican National Convention underway in Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Trump is now the anointed Republican candidate for the US presidential election later this year. Speculation that a party establishment that finds him difficult to stomach might find a way to deny him the ticket at the last minute has come to naught.

Conventional wisdom and the majority of the polls carried out so far dictate that he will lose to Hillary Clinton—the Democrat candidate and a more mainstream figure. But conventional wisdom had also dictated that he had no chance of winning the nomination. Trump is selling a particular brand of nationalism at a unique moment in American politics that gives him a chance to succeed that he might not have had in any other year.

From Brussels to New Delhi, this is cause for concern. Rampantly protectionist policies and unpredictability are the last things a tottering global economy needs right now.

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