Congratulations to Mr Trump on such a successful campaign.
We know who won the election in the USA.
But who lost?
Hillary Clinton clearly. Apart from all the other reasons, maybe as a republic the USA doesn’t like dynasties and didn’t want twice-President
Bill pulling strings behind the scenes as First Gentleman.
Then of course
Pollsters and political pundits in national newspapers/magazines are used by the establishment to “nudge” voters along a certain path.They know all about the psychological pressure exercised by constant advertising.
If we are constantly told establishment candidate X is winning, the hope is that people will think voting Y is a wasted vote – might as well just agree with the majority who are voting X.
This strategy didn’t work with Americans.
Comment: This type of psychological pressure is blatant in all the “poor support” for Irish unity polls and Scottish independence which appear at regular intervals.
They serve “to remind” us all that only a tiny minority want Irish unification and nationalists/republicans are secret closet Unionist supporters. They serve to inform us that support for scottish independence is stagnating.
How much longer will the strategy work with the Irish and the Scots?
What about the USA?
Rumours abound of a major defection.
Like Scotland, Ireland is stuck in the middle of the UK-USA “Special relationship” – which may develop into something like this
Remember: in the 1930s Mr Trump’s mother had to emigrate from her island home of
Lewis in the Scottish Western Isles because of UK economic policies.
On the other hand, St Patricks Day in the White House might be fun
as Our Gerry is a long-standing friend.
PS Enda’s already got his invite but Theresa hasn’t even had a phone call!!