Just as you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, has let it be known that he is ready and willing to stand for election in 2024, and by all accounts, where most political commentators would howl with derision or sob quietly in a darkened room, he is apparently the candidate of choice in the Republican party.

I have a great affection for the United States, having spent three very enjoyable years at McGill University in Canada, which as the cogniscenti will know, is America’s 51st state.  Back in 1976 I also travelled extensively, when the Queen of England and I went to Philadelphia to ring the Liberty Bell to help celebrate 200 years of independence.  Representing the USA was their then President Gerald Ford, you remember him of course, about whom it was said that he couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time.  A President greatly loved and respected by his fellow Americans!

But back to Donald Chump, I’m sorry, that should read Donald Trump, who when the shit hit the fan, was found shovelling it by the spadeful.  On any view, to millions of onlookers who watched events unfold with open mouthed horror, his conduct was inexcusable and downright dangerous, and it was only a groundswell of revulsion enveloping the seat of government that Chump Trump finally and reluctantly backed down.

Americans may feel that Limeys like me have no right to criticise their way of life and their governance, but when it affects us all, we cannot and shouldn’t remain silent.  But it was a fellow American, Hilary Clinton no less, who put her finger on it, or in it, when she described Trump’s supporters as “a basket of deplorables.”  Whilst such a remark may have cost her the election in 2016, it has a frightening ring of truth in 2021.

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David is an English barrister, writer, public performer and keynote speaker. His full profile can be found on his website.

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