The state of America

The US election has been full of bizarre events. It is tempting to see the rise of Donald Trump as an accident – in normal times backstage negotiations would have prevented him getting a majority in the Republican primary. But as the historian Daniel Rodgers explains, the US political system is so fractured that the rise of a new type of abrasive candidate is now normal.

The World Today Updated 30 September 2020 Published 28 September 2016 1 minute READ

Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

If Trump fails to win the presidency, he may still leave a big impression on US politics. In fact, he may be the first in a series of such populists.

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