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The forces underpinning Trump are nothing new : Comments

By Rick Brown, published 15/11/2016

An even clearer forerunner of Brexit and Mr. Trumpís ascendancy was the 1999 referendum on the republic.

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"Australian political commentators and self-proclaimed experts" are most certainly incompetent and ignorant. We have a prime example in Laurie Oakes' "Trump is still a dropkick".

The forces underpinning Trump are not new; and they are they same forces coming for Malcolm Turnbull. They almost got him at the recent election; they will succeed at the next election. And, given that Labor received its lowest vote, ever, at that same election, we should see some very interesting results at the next one.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 8:39:28 AM
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One of these self-proclaimed experts, ABC's Zoe Daniel, has filed a report of her interview with HER OWN CHILDREN on their opinions of Trump!
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 9:06:10 AM
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Excellent ultra intelligent cut through analysis Rick; and top marks!

Which does nothing to alleviate the fear factor inherent in the outcome!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:46:25 AM
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Because of the Propaganda that the 'Progressive' Media , particularly our adored ABC , has spread about Trump masks what he really stands for.

He is all over the place from mild Socialist to Right wing in his views.

The nearest to him that Australia HAD was the old Country Party. Bob Katter is the last one left of this breed BUT look at his Policies.

The Extreme (religious) Right wing should take little comfort in his Election. The People who voted for him , Brexit , One Nation and the Monarchy are NOT extreme Right Wing nor are they particularly Religious.

They live in a real world .

Attempts by Abetz , Christensen and Co to say otherwise are pathetic.

Abetz is still trying to cover up that his actions in the pre-selections in Tasmania cost the Liberals all there House of Rep seats

The extreme right wing, like all Major Parties and their 'professional ' political Cadre are the Problem.... not the answer
Posted by Aspley, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 12:23:47 PM
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Dear Rick, I am convinced that a strong element in Trump's win is the quite natural reaction to hurt an unpopular candidate that can only produce more of the same, which for many is far from good enough. Your analogy to the republic referendum in 1999 fits with me, but from a different angle. Being a fervent adherent to true democracy and the republic, I voted against the arrogance of politicians who feel they are more qualified to appoint a president or whatever name is given to the head of state, than the citizens of this country. Count me among those who considered it an insult to our intelligence.
Posted by ArielG, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 7:52:37 PM
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Trump's main problem is the same as Turnbull's -- he is beholden to a bunch of right-wing religious nutjobs for his position, telling him he can only act on their terms. Whether or not Trump can display the courage that Turnbull apparently lacks, and tells them to go and take a running jump, will determine whether he goes down in history as a revolutionary or a puppet -- and incidentally, whether or not he achieves a second term.
Posted by Jon J, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 5:52:54 AM
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