Clin­ton’s been Trumped

A 70-year-old racist, misog­y­nist bil­lion­aire who wears an orange wig and is mar­ried (for the third time) to an east­ern Europe ad­ven­turess a third of his age who strug­gles to speak English, who lives in a 120-room man­sion while claim­ing to be a man of the

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www.daph­necaru­a­na­gal­ As you shud­der in an­tic­i­pa­tion of what comes next, re­mem­ber that the world sur­vived Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ron­ald Rea­gan and Ge­orge Bush.

An Amer­i­can pres­i­dent can get him­self, his coun­try and the world into a lot of trou­ble, but for­tu­nately, there are far more con­trol­ling mech­a­nisms around an Amer­i­can pres­i­dent than there are around a Mal­tese prime min­is­ter.

Bri­tain’s Nigel Farage must be de­lighted (but not as de­lighted as his and Trump’s friend, Vladimir Putin, is).

It’s a stark re­minder of how a man with an anti-so­cial per­son­al­ity and enough de­ter­mi­na­tion can, when the con­di­tions are right, wreak max­i­mum de­struc­tion on the so­ci­ety he hates.

Less ef­fec­tual so­ciopaths go out with a ma­chine-gun and be­gin mow­ing peo­ple down in shop­ping-malls.

Those who are more fo­cussed and in­tel­li­gent, and who have bet­ter so­cial skills, take the po­lit­i­cal route and get there.

Denizens of Labour HQ and other as­sorted mem­bers of the Tagh­naLkoll crowd are out in force on so­cial me­dia, ex­press­ing their hor­ror at the elec­tion of a Repub­li­can who is also a big­oted racist misog­y­nist.

They’re do­ing this be­cause they think that be­ing an­tiTrump is the fash­ion­able and hip thing to do, and not be­cause they’ve ac­tu­ally thought about it. I read their af­fected posts and com­ments and I laugh qui­etly to my­self.

The rea­sons why I’m against Trump and against Mus­cat’s party are al­most iden­ti­cal. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Amer­i­can elec­tors aged be­tween 18 and 25 voted in their over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity for Hil­lary Clin­ton. This was across all state bar three or four of the usual sus­pects.

It’s a dis­tress­ing echo of what hap­pened in the UK ref­er­en­dum last June, the key dif­fer­ence be­ing that young Amer­i­cans have the con­so­la­tion of know­ing that Trump will be voted out in four years, or will have to step down in eight.

There is no such con­so­la­tion for young Bri­tish peo­ple, un­less MPs vote to trig­ger Mrs May’s plans into obliv­ion rather than trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50. And the like­li­hood of that hap­pen­ing is re­mote.

The last days of Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign were marked with strange echoes of Mus­cat’s 2013 cam­paign.

He wasn’t in­spired by pro­ceed­ings on the toe­nail of the Mediter­ranean four years ago, that’s for sure.

So we can sus­pect that the same ad­vis­ers who ‘Amer­i­can­ised’ Mus­cat’s cam­paign back then had some kind of role to play in Trump’s, or that it has all been the most in­cred­i­ble co­in­ci­dence.

The man whose first wife still calls him The Don­ald sud­denly started talk­ing about ‘a move­ment’ even as he boasted about

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