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Knuckleduster

Are Trump’s campaign tactics really enough for his ambition?

Knuckleduster
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Knuckleduster
outlookindia.com
2016-03-11T22:02:49+05:30

Donald Trump’s rise as the likely Republican presidential candidate has disproved many who hoped he would self-destruct trying to climb the greasy pole of the American primaries. Instead, he rewrote a few rules of bipartisan politics. His campaign is largely self-financed, obviating the role of financiers. He has turned speaking into bare-knuckle verbal combat. He watches for xenophobic prejudices and plays them to the fears of those that the Congressman Tom Marino calls “the unprotected”.

The Financial Times rightly calls him a narcissistic bully and “promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe, an ignoramus”. In India, without the buffer of bankruptcy laws that allowed his businesses multiple reb­irths, he’d be another Vijay Mallya. The Eco­nomist outright sought his defeat. It asks how he would deport undocumented residents with­out turning US into Nazi Germany.

Trump has eyed the top office since 1987, when he tested the wat­ers at age 41 but quickly withdrew. In 1999 he followed up a book...

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