Trump presidency a very real possibility

  • 05/05/2016
Trump presidency a very real possibility

The shock victory for Donald Trump over his rivals in the Republican presidential primaries shows the deep divisions in American society and within the Republican Party. Now that Ted Cruz and John Kasich have pulled out, Mr Trump is the only one left.

It wasn't supposed to be like this. When Mr Trump announced his campaign, he was written off as a joke.

He was treated as a buffoon, an opportunistic New York billionaire up against experienced and capable politicians, including sitting Senators and Governors.

But with a campaign based on distrust of immigrants and Muslims, Mr Trump's outrageous statements have laid bare the simmering anger and grievances of white America, driven by fear of cultural, economic, and demographic change.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best," Mr Trump said in a speech.

"They're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they're telling us what we're getting."

But one by one he has defeated his opponents, including Jeb Bush and Mr Cruz, and many now endorse him.

The shocked establishments of both the Democrats and Republicans must now confront the very real possibility of a Trump presidency.