Dear Democrats, you’re about to lose to Trump again. Here’s why

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Dear Democrats, you’re about to lose to Trump again. Here’s why

US politics has become a tribal, all-or-nothing affair, and that suits the orange menace just fine

Daniel Hannan

At this stage in the last electoral cycle, Donald Trump was being dismissed as a joke. He had entered the Republican primaries in June 2015, and had taken a lead in the opinion polls by mid-July. But almost every pundit was still writing him off as an oaf – loud, obnoxious and utterly unelectable.

Like previous celebrity newcomers, he would strut and fret his hour, but there was (all right-minded people agreed) no chance at all that he would win the primaries, let alone the presidency.

Four years on, those assumptions have been turned on their heads. Now, most commentators take it for granted that Trump will be re-elected. With a booming economy and an opposition that seems simultaneously weak, woke and wacky, he is regarded as a shoo-in...

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