US presidential race - Confounding the critics

DONALD Trump continues to confound his critics. 

Defying all assurances given by political pundits that such an apparently shallow and deeply divisive person would have no chance of winning the race for the Republican candidacy in the US presidential election, not alone has the billionaire tycoon survived, he has excelled in the cut and thrust of combative American style electioneering.

The writing was on the wall when his main rival, Ted Cruz, a candidate of the right wing Tea Party group, dropped out of the race following Mr Trump’s resounding victory at the primaries in Indiana, the latest in a chain of stunning results, leaving puzzled pundits and bemused academics scratching their heads about his appeal. It ranges from middle-class voters to out-of-work rednecks who admire his social media brand of coarseness and feel the lift in America’s economy left them stranded.

Despite the jokes about Mr Trump, including scary warnings that his presidential finger would hover dangerously over the nuclear button, his divisive and bullying manner has subtly changed for a more statesman-like front. Many Republicans are considering voting for Hilary Clinton, expected to be the Democratic candidate though she is still dogged by Bernie Sanders. Clinton is seen as the best hope of stopping Trump’s relentless and astonishing march on the White House.

More on this topic

Pompeo: I warned Russia about election meddlingPompeo: I warned Russia about election meddling

Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 US electionRussian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 US election

US senate committee agrees Russia backed Donald Trump against Hillary ClintonUS senate committee agrees Russia backed Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton admits mistakes and casts blame for election loss in new bookHillary Clinton admits mistakes and casts blame for election loss in new book


Lifestyle

Their paths first crossed in the classroom 13 years ago for childhood sweethearts Emma Murphy and Kevin Leahy.Wedding of the Week: Lessons in love started in the classroom for childhood sweethearts

“This podcast features something never previously heard — anywhere, from anyone — the confession tape of an Irish serial killer.'Podcast Corner: Chilling story of an Irish serial killer

Children’s creativity is inspiring, says Helen O’Callaghan.Inspiring creativity: Kids on call for climate essay

Paul McVeigh is hoping to crowdfund a new anthology, writes Marjorie BrennanWhy Paul McVeigh is providing an outlet for working-class voices

More From The Irish Examiner