America notebook: How Donald Trump is destroying the Republican party

Can no one save the centre-right from this bombastic, populist, nationalist billionaire?

16 January 2016

9:00 AM

16 January 2016

9:00 AM

I am writing on the morning that President Obama is to deliver his last State of the Union address. You, reader, therefore know what he has said. I can only guess. ‘We have come so far… yet there remains so much to do.’ Did I get it right?

Yet ‘much to do’ only mildly describes the staggering array of crises that President Obama will bequeath his successor. Abroad: a crisis in the Chinese economy that is plunging into depression commodity exporters from Brazil to Brunei… a third war in Iraq, this time fought in undeclared association with Russia and Iran… a wave of refugees into Europe that threatens to smash apart the world’s largest economic union. At home: the typical American family is earning $4,000 a year less than in 2007 and unemployment is dropping partly because of a statistical illusion (the percentage of working-age men who are even looking for work has dropped to the lowest level ever recorded)… the wealth gap between black and white families has widened to an extreme not seen since the beginning of the civil rights era… even as a burst of drug and suicide mortality has reduced the life expectancy of non-college-educated whites — something that did not happen even during the Great Depression.

Under these grim circumstances, you’d think that the ‘out’ party — the Republican party — would be poised for victory. Instead, it is tearing itself apart. More than two thirds of Republicans tell pollsters they will never support Donald Trump. But like Greek city states warring as Philip of Macedon poised to pounce, the two thirds remains split between a fistful of conventionally credentialled politicians. A month before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, the Republican field remains dominated by a bombastic, populist, nationalist billionaire.

You can read my data-dense long-form explanation of how all this happened in the January issue of the Atlantic. But data isn’t everything. We feel events as well as think them. So: some feelings. For almost a decade now, I’ve been warning in every forum available to me that the US Republican party was turning its back on its middle-class voting base, that its policies were veering toward cultural reaction and economic exclusion. That kind of talk had some personal consequences, both for me and for those who now must carefully say, ‘Look, I’m no David Frum, but…’ before repeating some argument I made in 2010. I won’t recapitulate the whole story here: I put some of it in a 2012 novel, Patriots, and the rest I’ll save for the memoirs, if there are any.

The events of 2015 have horribly confirmed all those warnings, as Donald Trump chomps down one respectable Republican candidate after another, like a political version of Goya’s ‘Saturn Devouring his Sons’. Scott Walker? Gulp. Chris Christie? Belch. Jeb Bush? Only the little feet still protrude, angrily waving from inside the gullet. And Marco Rubio? ‘I’ll eat thee last of all thy friends.’

I’m not here to say ‘I told you so.’ The situation is too serious for that — and after all, I’ve been wrong often enough myself. Who hasn’t? The point of all this political analysis shouldn’t be to score points in some self-congratulations sweepstakes. It’s to help save the American centre-right from its own demons.

The day after the State of the Union, I’ll take the train to New York to debate opposite David Miliband at the IQ Squared Series. The motion: ‘The United States should accept 100,000 Syrian refugees.’ When the debate was planned, sceptics of the mass resettlement of Middle-Easterners in the West were taunted by President Obama as ‘scared of widows and orphans’. A few weeks later, the government of Germany has been rocked by mass co-ordinated sex assaults by migrants and refugees on German women in Cologne and other cities.

The first response of the authorities was, of course, to suppress accurate information about what had happened. It was like Rotherham, only in full view of thousands of people in the centre of one of Europe’s greatest cities.

Only this time… the suppression didn’t work. The truth, or some of it, came into the light at last. Past evasions have served nobody — except of course the Trumps and the Front National and all the other extremist groups that have flourished because more responsible leaders have ignored or denied urgent voter concerns.

Will those responsible leaders now at last step up? Their weakness puts at risk not merely their own ambitions, but the whole political system.

My wife and I have recently embarked on a house renovation, confirming the perverse rule that middle-aged people make their dwellings larger as their children move out. Visitors gaze at the construction zone and wonder: ‘When will this mess ever be finished?’ When work began last summer, I answered with a joke: ‘Just in time for the Trump inaugural.’ The quip was not that funny then, and it gets less funny with every passing week.

Got something to add? Join the discussion and comment below.

David Frum was born in Toronto and is senior editor at the Atlantic, chairman of the board of trustees of Policy Exchange and a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

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  • Rik

    Ah bless a RINO establishment powerbroker doesn’t like Trump,who would have guessed??Your republican party has lost its roots in exactly the same way as the CONsevative party has become Labour not so lite.You speak for the corrupt establishment,Trump speaks to the people.

  • thomasaikenhead

    It looks as though Trump will fracture the Republican Party so badly that the Democrats will secure another Presidential victory.

    That certainly bodes well for the further implementation of the P5+1 deal!

  • alaskan1st

    If Trump isn’t a plant, placed by the dems to make all conservatives look stupid, then they sure got a great freebie.

    • NickG

      The Donald has many facets, not all of them endearing. Stupid isn’t one of them.

      Trump is a master persuader, he is operating on a completely different plane.

      Dilbert creator – Scott Adams – has an ongoing blog-post series giving a few insights into this, start here and scroll forward.

    • 22pp22

      He’s very rich – so he can’t be that dumb. What’s your net worth compared to his?

  • NickG

    Should The Donald win the Republican nomination, I’m guessing David Frum won’t be voting him.

    Fair enough. Though there are all sorts of dubious premises underpinning this piece.

    It is interesting to see the Repbulican establishment unite with Democrats to demonise by far the most popular Republican candidate, one that has cross-over appeal for many Democrats and is simply running the Sailer Strategy.

    If Trump wins the GOP nomination – some Republican figures will tacitly or even actively endorse Hilary, who by any objective measure seems far more dodgy and scary than The Donald.

    Anyway – it’s the most entertaining thing in politics in generations.

  • BillRees

    What a strange article this is!

    Frum lists the failures of the Obama regime, but then suggests that Trump is the problem.

    Self-delusion has never been more clearly exposed.

    Whatever we think of his style, Trump is putting forward ideas that will at least address the problems that Obama will leave behind.

    Republican voters are buying into this, and I suspect that Trump will win over American voters, especially if he runs against the discredited Clintons.

    My advice to Frum is to finance is house extension by putting some money on Trump to be the next USA President.

    • Marvin

      They took a man that belongs in the slums and ghetto and made him the most powerful man on Earth. He was only there to clean the silver. But alas this is brain dead altruism.

  • Marshal Phillips

    Trump shall over-comb.

    • GUBU

      Mr Trump never uses a comb.

      He uses a egg whisk.

      • Marshal Phillips

        He’s over-egged as well.

      • MikePage

        Neither. He has a man to do that.

  • Copyright101

    Good news then. The cuck Republican party (like the cuck Tory party) need to be destroyed so that there is at least the possibility of genuine pro-white parties emerging.

    The Democrats (and Labour) are begging to be destroyed too of course. But they are so far gone as parties of ‘the other’ it hardly matters now.

    I wonder why (((David Frum))) doesnt like Trump?

    • $$$$$$ that’s why.

    • toddy47

      maybe (((David Frum))) will mention why he doesn’t like trump when he goes to (((New York))) to “debate” (((David Miliband))). i didn’t know you could have a debate if you were both behind the same principle of flooding the west with undesirables.

      Keep following the Path Of Light friend :^)

  • edwardowen

    Trum for president yeaaaaaa

    • Marvin

      The only antidote to Armageddon. They can’t handle the truth these lefty suicide cravers.

  • Liberanos

    I’m not a US voter, and rather doubt Mr Trump’s overall suitability to be President. However, as a fellow infidel, I share his suspicion of those who profess a religion which directly and in writing targets infidels for destruction. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.

  • The elites of the party, encrusted there by James A. Baker, have turned the GOP into a servant of the moneyed elites and foisted upon conservative voters the atrocious choices which included Dubya, McCain and Romney with the idea that given a choice between a democrat candidate for social welfare and a GOP candidate for corporate welfare the GOP rubes would vote GOP. The Romney fiasco laid this miscalculation bare for all to see as millions of conservatives stayed home and allowed Obama to eke out another term. This time around, the grass roots are simply boycotting anyone with the merest whiff of GOP-Inc. Stench. Surprisingly, the same wealthy a**h**es who foisted foul choices on us vow to not support “the People’s Candidate”… What’s next, taking your bat and ball home?

  • Marvin

    That is all very well talking from a certain side of the spectrum where the fallacies and misinterpretations of politics and economics make anyone look like they know what they are talking about. BUT THEN! when it comes to the realities of planet life and the sandstorm of the Ebola Virus type of engulfing of every corner of the world by a definite destructive agenda, and encouraged by a breed of ignorant left wing myopic Cretins who have climbed the greasy pole by lies and deceit, to distinguish the civilised cultures of the west by a horde of primitive medieval race of violent mutants.

  • Mr Marginalia

    Read “outspoken with views the author dislikes”

    Read “representing popular and widespread views that make the author uncomfortable”

    Read “doesn’t hate his country as the author does”

    • Nikola Tasev

      There is a difference between “I hate my country” and “I don’t believe my country is inherently superior to all others or deserves to shape international law without being subject to it”.

      • 22pp22

        The current crop od clowns are the ones who won’t stop bombing people.

  • Nikola Tasev

    “Yet ‘much to do’ only mildly describes the staggering array of crises that President Obama will bequeath his successor.”
    Oh, yes, low unemployment and growing economy are real PR tragedies for the GOP, even with all the “the percentage of working-age men” excuses. Considering their last president left Obama the Great Recession, two black holes sucking life and trillions of dollars, the next president has a piece of cake in comparison.

    As for the GOP – they painted themselves into a corner with their emphasis on old white protestant men as a target voters. Now they can’t attract new voters without alienating their old ones, which are dying of old age faster than Democrat voters.

    • Reluctant Mlungu

      Low unemployment? Growing economy? You are being sarcastic, right…?

      • Nikola Tasev

        US unemployment is 5% for December 2015, cited from Bureau of Labor Statistics Data. If it is too recent and uncertain – June was 5.3%. This is very healthy unemployment, unlike the 10% peak during the recession. If you want to add the discouraged workers, part-time workers and so on you still get less than 10%, which is better than a year ago and while not stellar is quite decent.
        Growth is 2.0% for 3rd quarter 2015, 3.9% for 2nd quarter 2015, quite respectable. Data by Bureau of Economic Analysis.
        In all, the economy is stable. When Obama took office it was in free fall, with industries getting bankrupt and hundreds of thousands of new unemployed people every month.
        If you have better, or more credible data – please share it.

        • Curnonsky

          Lowest labor force participation rate in 30+ years…unprecedented numbers of citizens on foodstamps and disability…worst recovery from a recession since World War II…$8 trillion added to the National Debt – is that enough or do you need more?

          • Nikola Tasev

            The labor force participation rate is lowest because it counts retirees as not working, and the population has the greatest average age ever. What do you Obama to do about it, add elixir of youth treatments to Obamacare? If Trump had his way and the borders were closed it would mean less young immigrants and even lower labor force participation rate.
            “$8 trillion added to the National Debt”
            Bush inherited either a balanced budget or a very small deficit depending on calculation method used. He governed during a prosperous time yet added $5.849 trillion, a 101% increase to the $5.8 trillion debt level at the end of Clinton’s last budget.
            Obama inherited a financial collapse, a record deficit (FY 2009 – $1.16 trillion), governed during the Great Recession, and he added $6.167 trillion, a 53% increase in the $11.657 trillion debt level due to President Bush at the end of his last budget. He could not balance the budget yet he reduced the deficit to $485 billion for FY 2014.
            Data from useconomy[.]about[.]com
            Your information is both wrong and misleading. You might want to check it before you use it.

          • Curnonsky

            You evade the facts: the US economy is dead in the water and the average citizen has lost all hope of things improving. The only ones to gain during Obama’s tenure have been his billionaire golf pals. His claim that things are rosy is about as credible as his braying that Isis has been contained.

          • Nikola Tasev

            Am I the one evading the facts? I gave you credible statistics and their sources, that you could not argue against. You gave me personal feelings and wrong numbers without any sources.
            Where did you get that $8 trillion number? And why won’t you admit when you are caught pulling numbers from your behind?
            You can repeat that Obama broke the economy a million times, it won’t get any more true. If you think you’re right – show it with credible statistics. Just stating is over and over again is not going to convince anyone not already biased.

          • Curnonsky

            Cherry-pick statistics all you like, but the American economy is stagnant, suffering under the worst recovery since WWII. Wages are stuck, young people are staggering under student loan debt with no prospects of paying it back, the middle class has realized that it will be poorer than its parents, its children poorer still. The working class has fared even worse, plagued with divorce and addiction – food stamps and disability benefits are a poor substitute for the jobs they used to have. Obama’s billionaire cronies are bearing up nicely, though.

            This talk is all too reminiscent of the sort of “tractor production is booming, the wheat harvest is beyond measure, the peasants are dancing in the collective farms” nonsense the Soviets used to peddle. Reality: the American Dream is on its last legs, the doctor they hired turned out to be a quack, now they are angry.

          • Nikola Tasev

            I picked unemployment and GDP growth – the two most important signs for economic health. YOU picked labor force participation rate and debt. I showed you the first is due to the record proportion of retirees (baby boomers are getting old). Then I showed you used wrong debt numbers because you don’t bother to fact-check numbers you like. You did not fare any better at the statistics you cherry picked.
            I’d like to remind you Obama fought hard to increase taxes on billionaires, while the GOP fought hard to keep them low in the face of enormous deficits. I’m not so sure they are Obama’s cronies.
            And last – about half of the people receiving food stamps are working. Food stamps are not substitutes for jobs, it is an addition to jobs, because the minimum wage is not a living wage. I am not an economist, but it seems to me that Obama’s attempts to increase the minimum wage would have decreased food stamps recipients significantly. But again, “his” billionaire cronies at the GOP stopped him.

          • Curnonsky

            The unemployment number is well-known to be artificially low, not counting those who are underemployed, long-term unemployed or who have simply given up. The GDP numbers are dismal compared to the recoveries of Kennedy and Reagan. Here is an article on the debt numbers (even worse than I had said):


            The minimum wage would simply add to unemployment – you cannot legislate the price of labor any more successfully than you can artificially set the price of any other good. Obama’s centrally-planned economy is wholly-dependent on the Fed’s keeping interest rates so low that retirees are forced to keep working since their savings aren’t paying – but it inflates stock prices to the delight of Obama’s billionaire cronies and donors.

            The Obama economy is following the well-trodden path of leftist governments: the crushing of enterprise, the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, the creation of a vast dependent class who descend into a morass of social ills. His defenders, among whom you plainly count yourself, like to point to his lofty goals and blame his serial failures on the evil Republicans, but there is no escaping reality that he will will leave behind a miserable, divided, weakened nation when he finally leaves office.

          • Nikola Tasev

            The standard method for measuring unemployment (called U3) for the last 50 years excludes people who are not looking for work – they are not competing for jobs and not pushing the wages up or down. This is not some recent Obama/Democtatic spin on the numbers.
            If you look at my previous comments you’ll find I even showed the statistic that includes discouraged and underemployed workers. It’s called U6, you can look it up online. It is at below 10% – pretty decent, considering what it was when Obama took office.
            About the article you gave me – it talks about the debt ceiling. Yes, the government is now allowed to borrow more, which does not mean it immediately borrows all of it. The amount of money the government actually borrows every year is the budget deficit. Even the article admits “annual budget deficits have fallen from $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2009, in the depths of the recession, to $439 billion in fiscal 2015”. The president (and Congress) reduced the borrowing three times, by almost a trillion dollars pet year!
            “The GDP numbers are dismal compared to the recoveries of Kennedy and Reagan.”
            Yes, it would be better if the debt is payed instead of only increasing more slowly. If would be better if the economy recovered in Obama’s first 2 years, if everyone had a job and found their perfect mate in life so there would be no divorces.
            I’d like to remind you there were predictions Obama would cause “the end of prosperity in America forever … the end of America as you know it.”, “250 million uninsured.”, or that Obamacare would topple the stock market, as it was the “single biggest impediment to the stock market going higher.” A slow recovery is far better than what the GOP or Tea Party predicted Obama would bring, and far better than the swift ruin brought by Bush.
            My point still stands. Obama will leave behind a nation that is far less “miserable, divided, weakened” than he found it. The economy is stable, the unemployment is manageable, the deficit is decreased, millions more have health insurance, and even the hyperinflation the conservatives were screaming about 8 years ago is nowhere to be found. I’m not sure what “serial failures” you mean, and would prefer if you spoke clearly. I can discuss the labor force participation rate, I can’t do it with “failures” I don’t know about. Sure Obama did not have a perfect track record. It is definitely not the doom and gloom you present it to be.

          • Curnonsky

            Look, one can bat statistics back and forth all day long, but if the best you can do is “at least it’s not as bad as the direst predictions” or “at least it’s better than a really bad time in the past” then, given all the lofty promises of “Hope and Change” one would have to call Obama’s record one of failure. Want a specific failure? There are so many to choose from, pick any one you like – foreign policy, Obamacare, the stimulus, “most transparent administration ever”, the record of divisive partisanship and racial politics…the list is endless. So too, apparently, are the excuses.

          • Nikola Tasev

            Oh, yes, the “failed” Obamacare – because of it 22.8 million people gained coverage and that 5.9 million people lost coverage, for a net increase of 16.9 million people with insurance as of May 2015. Health costs growth is slower than before Obamacare, and program cost is lower than estimates.
            This is just the type of “failure” that will cost you the next presidential elections, and the ones after that.
            But keep the propaganda, it looks like it works on some people.

          • Curnonsky

            “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan you can keep your plan. Period.” “The average family will see its annual health insurance cost drop by $2600.”

            That Obamacare?

          • g978

            It is undeniable that the economy is growing, whether it is growing fast enough is another question. Food stamp take up has fallen as more people are finding work. The labour force participation rate is low for a number of reasons, but is above the low achieved a few years ago.

  • voidist

    someone has made thier mind up that the only way to sound profound these days is to

    slag Trump…..and i ts not been a good season for ” anti-trumpities “

  • Tamerlane

    Man’s a legend.

  • Headstrong

    The US is hereby warned!

  • Nicholas Fu

    Libertarian party for life!

  • gerronwithit

    Why not blame Obama for his ‘widows and orphans’ statement, or Merkel for opening the migration taps, or the whole Cologne police force and local government, or the establishment and police here in the UK for Rotherham, Oxford and many other places, or the whole Swedish government. But no, all of these people are much more able, right on, politically correct and trustworthy than the Trump whose worst trait appears to be to tell the truth directly to our faces.

    • Oliver

      Trump is a clown but you are correct that his position as a political outsider with buckets of cash of his own, affords him the ability to be truthful in a way we are not used to hearing from professional politicians who are beholden to corporate interests.

      As I said. Trump is a clown and in my humble opinion he is a clown who is far too cavalier in his pronouncements.

      Although he has been demonised and misquoted regularly.

      Agree or disagree his call for a pause on Muslim immigration “until we find out what is going on” is pretty sensible and far from the Naziesque ban on all Muslims (and the forcing those Muslims left in America to wear badges,) policies that he was widely smeared for putting forward but actually never called for.

    • Trump is a lunatic rabble-rouser who is prepared just like the N azis to blame and penalise whole populations for the deeds of a few. This is not ‘telling the truth’; it is a monstrous injustice.

      • paridell

        Arthur, you do the N a z i s too much justice in saying they blamed and penalised whole populations for the deeds of a few. The N a z i s did not penalise whole populations for the deeds of a few, they oppressed whole populations (and persecuted some) for no rational reason at all. The few instances where the N a z i s could point to “deeds of a few” committed against them, such as the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris in 1938, or the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, were in fact retaliation for N a z i crimes.

        As for your parallel between the N a z i s and Donald Trump… well, to put it politely, it is to be rejected. Trump proposes a moratorium on the further entry of Muslims to the United States, pending a long-overdue rejig of immigration vetting procedures to screen out Islamist terrorists. He also proposes deporting illegal immigrants from the United States. Not, mark you, sending them to concentration camps, but returning them to their countries of origin, just as President Eisenhower did in the fifties.

        I ask you, was Eisenhower a N a z i ? (Hint: the answer is not ‘yes’).

        • No – I’m no torch bearer for the Third Reich – a most despicable enterprise of monstrous proportions – BUT you need to take my reference to their attitude in the context of my other posts where I said clearly ‘real or imagined’ deeds of a few. I was looking at their motivation, not objective reality. There are plenty of Trumps followers calling for mass deportation of Muslims AND illegals and THAT is exactly how the German government of the period began, The so called ‘Final Solution’, came after earlier unconscionable abuses such as taking property, putting people in ghettos, and deporting them to work camps where they began to be more and more abused, starved and neglected. The policy did not simply spring up in its final form. Anyway – analogies like that whether or not they entirely fit are made to show where things can lead and in this case to emphasise the immorality of stigmatising everybody of a certain sort because a minority of that sort of category do bad things. Quite frankly the way the United States population react with total hysteria to a disgraceful handful of murders perpetrated by Islamist nut jobs and tolerate the monstrous regular mass slaughter caused by ubiquitous ownership of military class firearms is viewed by the rest of the planet with total incomprehension. If you totalled the bloodbath from the almost weekly work-place shootings and the bi monthly high school mass murders you would see that the horrible terrorist death toll is minor by comparison. There is a profound irrationality about the resources and emotional outrage devoted to the one, and the ludicrous acceptance of the other.

          • paridell

            Arthur, I said you did the N a z i s too much justice. That doesn’t mean you are a torchbearer for the Third Reich. It means you unintentionally credited them with a certain rationale for their crimes, when in fact there was none. You repeat the offence when you refer to “emphasis[ing] the immorality of stigmatising everybody of a certain sort because a minority of that sort of category do bad things”. I repeat, the N a z i s did not persecute the J e w s because a minority of J e w s did bad things. To suggest that this was why the N a z i s persecuted the J e w s betrays a complete lack understanding of the position of the J e w s in Germany in the twenties and thirties and of N a z i ideology.

            I’m afraid you are quite incorrect in claiming that calls for mass deportation were “exactly how the German government of the period began”. The N a z i movement of the twenties and later the N a z i government of the early thirties campaigned initially for boycotts and ostracism of J e w s, not for mass deportations. German J e w s remained hopeful for some years that this persecution would pass. They tried to accommodate themselves to the new regime, for example by “occupational restructuring”, or diversifying their employment. It was only after K r i s t a l l n a c h t in 1938 that the G e s t a p o began pressuring them to leave. You can read all about it in Lucy Dawidowicz’s “The War Against the Jews”. (You will also find there that formal ghettoisation and deportations began with the outbreak of war, which served as a cover. They did not begin with the N a z i rise to power, as you suggest.)

            The fact is, H i t l e r-Trump analogies are not only “not entirely fit”, they are completely bogus. Those who make them in Britain and elsewhere are simply demonstrating their lack of grasp of basic realities, past and present.

            I shall refrain commenting on your final eight-and-a-half lines, misguided though they are, since you get off-topic completely there. The issue of gun ownership in the United States has absolutely nothing to do with any of the above.

  • shaunantijihad

    Obama was elected on a specific ticket:

    1. Close Guantanamo
    2. End the war against Iraq. Whoops. PNAC.

    So yes, 8 years later, ‘We have come so far… yet there remains so much to do.’

    Never mind. I guess it must be his White Privilege.

    • Oliver

      Obama sounded a lot like Bernie Sanders on the 2008 campaign trail but he governed as a centre right politician.His about turn on many of his promises are another reason American democracy is in such a mess Trump has become a viable alternative.

      That hair. How can anyone take anyone seriously with that hair

    • Nikola Tasev

      1. Congress passed laws that forbid using any government money for closing Gitmo. Not much more he can do with the Congress he has.
      2. Obama promised to pull the troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. He did just that.
      3. He decreased the number if uninsured US citizens with millions. They would be more if GOP Governors did not reject Obamacare from their states.
      4. He promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide. He did not need Congress for that, yet he didn’t do it.
      All told, not great, but not a total failure.

  • MikePage

    I say it often: America will not elect a misanthrope.

    • jeffersonian

      …and yet they elected B.O.?

      • MikePage

        Neither Obama nor Nixon campaigned as misanthropes. Of course you have to have a cosmic degree of narcissism verging on misanthropy to seek high office, but in this case voters are being asked to join in.

        • jeffersonian

          Obama’s misanthropy is of a far more fundamental kind than ‘whether voters were asked to join in’. Obama hates America, he hates freedom and freedom’s allies. How else to explain the last seven years of his calamitous time in office?

          • MikePage

            I’m no fan of Obama. As Head of State, he should have made friends in all parties but instead defaulted to politicking far too often with the result that when he needed some friends, found he had few. That’s my theory how he wasted his time. He was inexperienced. But could you or I do better?

  • Kajsa Williams

    The GOP has only itself to blame for what is currently happening. For years it’s been nothing but a social deal between Industrialist billionaires and the Fundamentalist Christian right—-“You vote to remove all obstacles in the way of big business control and we’ll vote to let your ram your religious opinions down the throat of America “. It didn’t used to be like that with the GOP. You are the ones who are responsible for letting your standards down, down, down. Failing to realize that YOU CREATED TRUMP is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

    • Oliver

      Quite right. American politics has become totally shambolic on both sides of the aisle. With all the corporate filthy lucre floating around to the establishment candidates of both parties neither can be trusted.

      But the GOP are just that little bit more unhinged, with their Faustian pact with the Christian Right, on top of being beholden to big business.

      Their system is a mess.

      Corporate puppet who thinks Angela Merkel is a hero or corporate puppet who thinks evolution is a lie?

      Give me Bernie Sanders any day

      • Kajsa Williams

        Agreed. A lot of his policies are too far left for me but he’s not a corporate puppet Isn’t it interesting how both political parties use the term “populist” as an insult these days?

        • Oliver

          Trump is a clown. A dangerously divisive clown who is toying with nationalist sentiment and fear of the other in a very cavalier way.

          Bernie genuinely seems like a good egg who wants to see money and corruption out of politics and the some socialist policies put in to alleviate an economy which has become increasingly weighted to the super rich and punishing, not just for the poor but for the middle class as well.

          As an old school American Jew he doesn’t suffer from the Islamist loving sympathies of the anti Western Corbyn either.

          My only issue with Bernie is his leftyness leads him to reflexively side with lunatic feminists and their made up “oppression” and likewise with Black Lives Matter and their fantasy that innocent, harmless black children are being shot at genocidal levels, just for being black; by racist whites

          • Monkish

            Bernie minus the concessions to identity politics would be the best candidate the Democrats had fielded in decades.

          • 22pp22

            I like Trump because he doesn’t hate people like me. The rest of them do and are sponsoring our inundation and destruction.

      • cant_happen_here

        And you give us the mega-trillions $’s needed to fund his (and Hillary’s) bigtime nanny government program giveaways, freebies and handouts to achieve their socialist utopia. It’s like we’re going backwards to become a new version of the failed Soviet Union.

    • cant_happen_here

      You are totally wrong, in a quite bigoted way, about the so-called “Fundamentalist Christian Right”. You’re using the old leftist media labels & distortions from the ’80’s and early ’90’s.

      More rightly called Evangelical Christians & social conservatives, the great majority of us are now drawn, initially to Ben Carson, then Ted Cruz, both of whom eclipsed previous election year favorites Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Many of us also support Donald Trump. And even some Marco Rubio, although his pro-illegal and high legal immigration positions are anti-U.S.Middle Class & U.S. workers (currently cloaked to fool primary voters, while trying to get Jeb Bush’s GOP Establishment & big donor support).

      And any of the above candidates (except Rubio) are much preferable to the GOP Establishment candidates, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John Kasich etc. These, especially the first two, are the favorites of the big corporate fat-cat donors & the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who want cheap foreign labor.

      The GOP party hierarchy & lame GOP congressional leadership, as well >most< of the GOP Senate/House Caucus members themselves, are responsible for Donald Trump's rise.

  • godot

    “…more responsible leaders…”. Where are the statesmen? Trump is rough around the edges. He is angry and rightly so – he represents grassroots GOP voters. Obama has tacked so far to the left that Americans barely recognize their country. Trump cannot be bought – an unusual quality in US politics. He is here to take back America and make it great again.

    • g978

      Obama has hardly tacked to the left. Healthcare reform was based on PRIVATE health insurance, not medicare for all or single payer. Tax rates have hardly risen from the lows of the Bush presidency (and much lower than under Reagan), spending has been cut through various congressional action (sequester) and the deficit as % of GDP is now below 3%.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Yes but Obama supports our enemies.

        That trumps all.

        Excuse the pun.

  • King Zog

    I’ve just realised that The Donalds’s hair style isn’t so different from that typically sported by the late David Bowie. Isn’t it a strange, topsy-turvy, mixed-up world we live in?

    • King Zog

      And without the eyebrows he looks like Ann Coulter. Was David Bowie secretly a Republican… from the future?

  • Curnonsky

    David Frum – forgotten but not gone.

  • Adam Carter

    ‘more responsible leaders have ignored or denied urgent voter concerns’

    Your ‘more responsible leaders’ have been lying to the people for years and are increasingly being found out.

    You don’t like this but I am very pleased about it.

  • misomiso

    Ah David –

    lovely analysis but you miss one crucial point.

    The cause of the worlds ills is the US’s alliance with Saudi, and the republican establishment is up to its neck in it! This Islamic ideology taking place is directly because you guys have succoured Saudi for too long.

    But you’re so caught up with refighting the cold war you keep wanting to punish Russia. Russia is not the strategic threat any more!

  • Nephthys

    If Trump wins the nomination, the Republican Party will lose the presidential election and Democrats will come into the ascendant.

    It doesn’t matter if what the media says about him is true or whether he’s right about everything. He’s going to lose.

    • Tim MacDaddy

      I really doubt Trump would lose the election if the American people had to make a choice between Sanders and Trump (Hillary is in too much trouble and she won’t make it). I have seen some polls that are starting to show a victory for Tump if this happens. Its still a ways off so we will see.

    • bchguyx

      Keep wishing. Trump will win an epic landslide that will signal the end of politically correct left wing lunacy in America. You Brits can have it. I recommend you start studying the Koran if you hope to survive. Non-Muslims will soon be chasing their heads down the street.

  • Trump for President!

  • Watt

    How Donald Trump is destroying the Republican party

    What’s not to like. If Trump were British, he’d be in prison by now. Be proud of Trump, be proud of America. UK is lost, successive governments having found it easier to sell their own people down the river than offend the easily offended newly arrived.

    • Chris Bartelt

      The word you are looking for is ‘Traitors’.

  • James Chilton

    Trump is just an egregious example of the closing of the American mind.

    • Navymommy

      Trump is the inevitable response to the egregiousness of political correctness.

      • Chris Bartelt

        Precicely. well said.
        We have exactly the same problem here…

      • Sue Smith

        Trump’s is the PROTEST vote, purely and simply. The GOPs are in disarray and are no longer the party of Lincoln and Reagan. BUT, the society has changed – it has grown meaner, more desperate, more propagandized, more divided and it has holes in it like Swiss Cheese. Everything leaks in. A total mess and a Clinton election would be that disaster consummated.

    • bchguyx

      No, actually Trump is someone who wants to be the leader of the American people, as the American president should be. Not a leader of the one world government plot to bring down the west by importing the third world and swamping the west with poverty insuring world wide “fairness”.

  • Tim MacDaddy

    This article makes it seem like Trump is the poison in the repub party. I got news for you. The republican party doesn’t tell us what a republican is, we tell them. Right now the American people are telling the republicans “we don’t trust you, we don’t believe you”. We have giving you authority to make changes several times over the last 25 years and you sold us out.” We are in wars we don’t need to be in, we don’t want a one world government, and we want safety at our borders.And they have not been listening. This republican party is overly war hungry when most of us just want a strong defense. And there is a difference. Look for more backlash in the general elections and not just the presidential ones.

    • Chris Bartelt

      Hear hear. As a Brit onlooker I sooo hope Trump takes it all.

    • cant_happen_here

      I agree 100% with everything you say, but especially, “This republican party is overly war hungry when most of us just want a strong defense. And there is a difference”. It is so good to see someone state this clearly. It’s been hard for me to reduce this to a short slogan or sentence, but you have done the best I’ve seen.
      It’s either one is for stronger military action on ISIS (and by this is meant that we need to put more & more boots on the ground), or one is an outright isolationist. You have described the middle ground that the U.S. needs to do, for various very important reasons.
      I am so sick of the GOP candidates trying to outdo each other by saying how much they want to bomb, bomb, bomb ISIS, because they know if they push boots on the ground too much, there will be “push back” from many in the GOP electorate.

  • UnionPacificRX

    Watched the Debates yesterday. Donald Trump is way ahead of the Republican Candidates and is a voice of his own. why?’
    A few issues came up that make Mr. Trump stand out. He could not say them during the debate but he made them obvious.
    He is the only man powerful enough to take on the elite. Being an elite is what would finally challenge the “established” elite, who have been behind the “thrown” and manipulating every new President simply because they can. No other Republican candidate has that power, no matter how good their intentions. are. Donald Trump has that power. That would be a first in US Presidential history.

    Secondly when he brought out the issue of gun control, he made his statements general but directed at Obama’s anti gun policy. Donald stated how Obama wants to remove that right from the American people. What resonated to me was that Obama kept that right for himself. Obama will have gun protection for the rest of his life, and well after he has left office. That hypocrisy summed up the state with our present government and the problem of keeping promises by other Republican candidates

    The weakest point was dealing with IS. All the candidates promised to destroy IS but none mentioned destroying the Caliphate. That is similar to destroying the N azi Party but not the 3rd Reich, or Emperor Hirohito but not the Japanese imperial Empire. In addition all the candidates thought the Kurdish refugees to be friendly and should come to the US
    As in IS the Kurdish militant movement will rip the Middle East apart in order to form Kurdistan and they are as deadly as the enemy (IS) they are fighting. they are no “friends” of the US. they look out for themselves.

    • Navymommy

      Ben Carson spoke to the Calphate.

      • UnionPacificRX

        Poor Ben. I like the guy and his “9-9-9” tax plan, but like the rest he does not have the “muscle” to take on the elite. Only Trump has that. Strangely it is because Trump is the elite who hates what they have done.
        No I did not hear Dr. Carson address the extreme need to eliminate the Caliphate, her concept and how to prevent it from rising up again. that is if we manage to destroy it.

        • Dr Carson does not have a “999” plan – you are thinking of Hermon Cain four years ago.

          • UnionPacificRX

            That is right.

  • cant_happen_here

    It would have been better if David Frum had written an article on how the Republican Party nearly destroyed itself until outsider candidates like Trump, Cruz, Carson, etc. breathed new life into its rotting carcass.

    “Can no one save the center-right…” You mean, of course, the GOP Establishment dominated party that is just barely “center” let alone right. You mean the party who gave us nominees like McCain, Romney, Bob Dole, and yes W. “endless nation-building wars” Bush, and still wants to dump Jeb Bush on us, & if not him Marco Rubio.
    What you should really be saying is “Can no one save Republican voters from your, David Frum’s mediocre GOP Establishment Elitist control of the GOP?”. Well, don’t bother answering, because we 65% or so of GOP voters are working on it, and if by chance Trump or Cruz don’t get the nomination, a large part of “your” party is staying home in November, or voting 3rd Party.
    You see, David, just winning, just beating the Democrats, isn’t good enough. Just look at the GOP leadership and members of Congress and the recent Omnibus Budget Bill, plus prior defeats. Most GOP voters want more, much more that this.

  • The Reincarnated Sausage

    No, David Frum, The Republican Party destroyed itself

    No use blaming Trump for his ability to tune into what former Republican voters want and expect from their party

    Familiar though isn’t it?

    Our own Conservative Party has suffered a similar fate. It abandoned its principles, it treated its traditional voters with utter contempt and reinvented itself as BluLabour, the touchy feely, socially inclusive, gay marriage supporting, anti christian, muslim loving “socialist lite”

    Idiotic article on every level

    I hope Trump win the Republican nomination, I really do.

    • I hope he wins the presidency. If he does I think I’ll emigrate to the US

      • Chris Bartelt

        Me too…. If only he could come here and sort our traitorous slime out as well.

      • bchguyx

        If he wins, you’ll have to get in line behind the white Swedes and Germans, all of whom will be seeking asylum in the USA.

    • Harryagain

      Here Here!.
      We need someone like Trump over here.

      • milford

        If only Nigel were much richer…

  • David Prentice

    The neocon speechwriter for George W Bush calling out Trump as a bombastic, populist, nationalist billionaire? Oh, the multiple layers of irony. And when you’re on stage, debating David Miliband on the refugee crisis, you might pause to consider the roles you and your former boss played in the creation of said crisis.

  • Lorenzo

    I assume that this article and the accompanying illustration were chosen by the editors to show how America’s chattering classes have gone barking-at-the-moon, flying-bat-guano crazy on the subject of Donald Trump.

  • Smee Goan

    Wonder*. if .Trump tips? with. US $100 bill. I. know the. helicopter. rides in Iowa. weren’t cheap.

  • “It’s to help save the American centre-right from its own demons.”

    There is no saving the political center in any Western countries because you’re all globalist rats that care nothing for your own people. The center-right is particularly loathsome because it so visibly stands for nothing except the position of the left 20 years earlier, corporate welfare, and maybe a throw of the bone tax cut.

    Your plane is going to be crashed and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

  • Gilbert White

    This globalist rats need identifying and labelling for the masses. These fools or liars must clearly state to the voters they believe foreign illegals have the same rights as their indigenous legal voters?

  • Oh shut up you whining, elitist globalist buffoons. You are a worse problem than the progressive left. You don’t get it. Pat Buchanan and Enoch Powell did. Whatever Trump is, he will justify his existence if he can destroy the loathsome revenge of the nerds, that is ‘political correctness’. People being sued and forced out of business because they don’t want to bake cakes for gay ‘weddings’? Damn the lot of you

  • FedUpIndian

    Frum again? Oh no. Neoconservatives – they’re baaaack.

  • Innit Bruv

    And long may he continue to destroy the GOP.
    If nothing else it will keep slimeballs like the odious neocon Mr. Frum away from the centres of power.
    Creeps like him and the knucklehead he used to write speeches for are largely to blame for the mess that is Iraq and for the subsequent rise of ISIS.
    Viva Trump !! We shall overcomb !!

  • Chris Bartelt

    Come on Trump lad! Smell their fear!

  • paridell

    The US Republican party has turned its back on its middle-class voting base, says David Frum. It has”ignored or denied urgent voter concerns”, he says. The evasions of its leaders only benefit Trump and “extremist groups”, he maintains. At the same time, Frum deplores Trump and maintains that two-thirds of Republican voters say they will never vote for him. But if two-thirds of Republicans are against Trump, just who is it that has taken him to the top of the polls for over six months? Something doesn’t add up in this analysis.

    • Actually the numbers are the only true thing in the (otherwise dishonest) David Frum article. About one third of Republicans say they support Donald Trump – the other two thirds say they would never vote for him. But those two thirds are split among many other candidates. The only candidate that is actually close to Mr Trump in the polls is someone that Mr Frum hates a lot more than he hates Mr Trump – Ted Cruz (note that the name of Ted Cruz was not even mentioned in the article). If the anti Trump vote remains split then Mr Trump can win the nomination.

      • paridell

        There is also the fact that most Republican primaries allow non-Republicans to vote in them. Trump is attracting a large number of disaffected Democrats as well as a large number of people who previously had little interest in politics. If all these people are galvanised to vote, as appears likely, Trump will secure the Republican nomination and sweep the general election.

  • douglas redmayne

    I am glad that a party of turds who have made the poor poorer and the rich richer while seeking mslciously to restrict abortion are being destroyed. I also hope he wins the nomination because someone has to stand up for the white people whom political correctness and globalist vermin have marginalised

    • Nikola Tasev

      I get your point. But they used to be the party of progress, industry, science and equality. I’d like to see this again, some day.

      • Johnny Foreigner

        Didn’t the Tories used to play that same fiddle?

    • Terry Field

      Globalist vermin? Unrestricted abortion?

  • Been_There_Done_That

    Today a candidate that wants to protect his country’s borders, his country’s industry and his country’s sovereignty is called a “hard right radical”, a “demagogue” or even a “demon”. In all of recorded history these positions were not only praised by conservatives, they were the foundation of bipartisan, common sense. The American people owe illegal aliens nothing. They owe Muslims nothing. And they owe the commissars of political correctness nothing. I submit to you that the author of this article and his neo-“conservative” ilk have lost their collective minds.

  • Johnny Foreigner

    Wow, all those words and he is wrong again. David From just stop thinking, it’s doing you no good.
    So, Trump is not respectable?

  • toddy47

    You go on about backing “responsible leaders” who are so pathetically weak that it is beyond a joke. Do you think you can own a Billion dollar corporation and not be a responsible leader?
    Just because something is extreme doesn’t mean its is bad. Muslim extremism is bad because it wants to destroy western civilization. “Our” Civilization.

    • There is a difference between being a responsible leader and a crocodile. If daddy gives you a big start with millions, and you buy property and re-sell it, pretty soon you will almost inevitable have a huge snowball rolling downhill gaining more and more resources. Being able to grab and sell, doesn’t cut it in the different world where you need to make wise and tactful decisions at home and abroad. Turning on people with furious invective and insults when they disagree with you leads only one way – isolation and war. Take Kerry’s successes with Iran as an example of where a bit of patience and quiet determination can lead. His work will turn out to be a triumph, I think, though I doubt you will agree. Americans like you hate Iran, but most of them don’t know where the problem started – it was 1953, and a democratically elected government that decided it wanted control of its own oil resources was deposed in a CIA / British coup and a dictator was put in its place. The said dictator Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi – the Shah of Iran, tortured and imprisoned his way through twenty-five years on our behalf, pumping cheap oil in exchange for our support in raping his country, until a popular revolution overturned him and installed a radical clique in power. It is no wonder they call America and Britain the great and the little Satans. America and the UK have created chaos all over the Middle East. Some of us recognise the fact; others don’t.

      • fredimeyer

        so, the shah did all those good things. pity he did not torture more iranians. nobody deserves it more.
        trump’s dad gave him a mere million. do you know the difference between a million [price of a modest house] and a BILLION?
        if you were given a million you would be bankrupt within a month

        • You’re lunatic. Get some help before you harm yourself or someone else.

          • Cyril Sneer

            F ck off you nonce.

          • Nice. :))

            You seem to have attended a really good charm school. Was it expensive. Must have really polished up your manners.

        • You think that dictatorship, torture and murder are good things? You have some kind of evil psychotic condition and should probably be locked in one of those horrible prisons you have over there for reasons of public safety.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Christ John Kerry the merchant of death in a suit.

  • Larry Love

    I’d suggest everyone check out the Farley coffee crystals youtube video for some clearer perspective on this important race. Unique perspective..

  • Harryagain

    I think you underestimate the support Trump has.
    People on both sides of the pond are fed up with lying politicians.
    Trump tells the truth.
    But then journalists live in the same Lala Land as politicians.

    • He is an insane bombast – a sort of louder version of Mussolini. Does anyone really think a loud mouthed oaf capable of saying to a public gathering when referring to Megan Thomas – ‘she had blood coming out of her wherever,’ would do well for America or the world as president? I don’t know any civilised public body who would tolerate an individual like that anywhere in its organisation – be it the mail room, or cleaning the corridors. He is able to behave as he does, just because of his vast wealth.

      • Harryagain

        Oh, and you think our politicians are any better?
        I notice you never claimed he was a liar,

        Would that be because it would be so easy to disprove?

        • I generally don’t feel i need to rebut each and every point of a
          megalomaniac bombast. If you want to get into the detail, I think
          spreading the idea that every Muslim is a terrorist / criminal / s e x abuser, or every Jew or every black man, or every Russian etc etc is
          insane, wrong and monstrous. I’m a VERY firm believer in not judging
          people as a ethnic or religious groups, but by their very own actions.
          To do otherwise is to align oneself with the lunatic fringe of feminism
          which goes around saying stuff like, ‘All men are r apists’. I don’t
          think it is worth dignifying his remarks any further than this comment.
          In fact, this is already too much. It is like trying to have a
          discussion with people who claim the earth is flat or that evolution
          doesn’t exist. the premise is so stupid that it ought to be responded to
          with a slap on the head to the idiot uttering it.

          Forgive the introduced spaces in words like s e x , but of you don’t put them in the ridiculous Spectator profanity filter filters out the comment. I replied to this comment of yours three days ago and the post was never seen.

          • Harryagain

            There are two sorts of Muslim.
            Violent ones and patient ones.

            They all want the destruction of Western civilisation.
            Their cult book givers instructions on how to do it.


            Only the brain dead haven’t realised this.

          • Let me say Harry, I despise Islam. I despise it even more than I despise Christianity (the fundy, evangelical sort). However, I learned a long time ago to that anyone who lumps everybody in any group into some category or other like ‘violent or patient and wanting to destroy) is a total idiot and a despicable lunatic. I judge this not on some category or other like you do, but on YOUR own stated belief and behaviour.

            I hate burkas
            I hate misogyny
            I hate ignorant superstition

            Many Muslims have some or all of these characteristics.

            However – many do not.

            This is where your argument falls down and why you are a pathetic loser. The Jews were subject to EXACTLY your kind of prejudiced assumptions in Germany eighty and ninety years ago. What is the difference between you and Hitler’s millions of anti-Semites who made stupid assumptions about Jews based on propaganda and nonsense.

            Maybe you should judge the ones who do bad things harshly and not lump them all together.

          • Harryagain

            The Jews never went round letting of bombs and groping and raping women.
            However, back in the thirties,they got the blame for destroying the German economy. (Many banks were Jewish) Maybe rightly. As now. (Are they to blame for the present economic difficulties?))
            So, they were living the life of Riley while many Germans were eating grass.

            So, hardly surprising some Germans were a bit fed up back then.

          • I have nothing against Jews and I’m not a torch bearer for them either, but as you say they were all tarred with the a ‘supposed’ common set of characteristics which is monstrously unjust. My belief is that you only hold the individual responsible for what he or she does, not what someone who is of their ethnicity, religion or cultural background. Do I think we are importing far too many people from the middle east and south Asia? You bet I do. FAR too many who don’t integrate properly and become British, but that complaint is about specifics that THOSE people don’t fit in. It doesn’t apply to all Muslims any more than all Jews were exploitative bankers when the Third Reich came along and decided to exterminate them all.

            Anyway – have a good day….. Got to get on here.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Trump would be a massive improvement on Obama destroyer of nations.

        But then I forget you’re an ignoramus.

      • paridell

        Megan Thomas, Arthur? Was she someone you knew at school?

        I think you mean Megyn Kelly.

  • bchguyx

    “Only this time… the suppression didn’t work. The truth, or some of it, came into the light at last. Past evasions have served nobody — except of course the Trumps and the Front National and all the other extremist groups that have flourished because more responsible leaders have ignored or denied urgent voter concerns.” Does this not indicate that the only honest and concerned politicians are the Donald Trumps, The UKIP’s, The Sweden Democrats and others who tell the truth and try to protect their citizens. Where did the rule begin that leaders must ignore the safety and needs of their citizens and lavish money, safety and protection on rapists, muggers and murderous monsters. Lunacy.

  • Terry Field

    Rotherham has happened in many other places and is being suppressed

    • That must be why there are or have been trials of gangs Middle Eastern sexual predators in about ten of our cities and articles about them.

      • milford

        Years and years after it had started. Thousands of children’s lives ruined. Cover up all round until the children grew up and had a voice.

        • That’s no different to half a dozen other kinds of sexual abuse really.

          • milford

            BTW they’re definitely not middle eastern, they’re Pakistani. You don’t seem to have a handle on the issue. What your last post means is occluded from me. With all due respect, go back to sleep.

          • Pakistan IS the Middle East. Go and look at a map. ‘Far East’ is as you might expect further east – like China and South East Asia. In the end it is an arbitrary distinction – relative one, dictated more by the location of the person using the term than the Middle East itself.

            You are less on the ball than you seem to think, not an unusual characteristic of a certain sort of individual.

          • milford

            I stand corrected although I’ve never heard anyone describing the perpetrators of the industrial-scale rape and torture of innocents as Middle Eastern.

          • milford

            In that case part of The Himalayas are in the Middle East. I always associate the Middle East with sand dunes, dates and camels not mountains. I’d describe The Middle East as from Istanbul to the Eastern border of Iran in the north and Morocco and Oman in the south. Pakistan is Oriental, at least that was how they were described before the P word was coined.

          • milford

            In that case part of The Himalayas are in the Middle East. I always think of sand dunes and palm trees not snowy mountains in the ME.

          • Cyril Sneer

            The difference is the reason why it was covered up. But you go right ahead and keep your head stuck in the sand, it suits you.

  • Terry Field

    No mention of the real horror of Sanders socialism in uncontaminated USA?

  • Augustus

    As far as the American presidential election is concerned, of course it matters if Trump or Clinton, for example, gets elected to the White House. In spite of what pollsters opinions are of the man, the most important thing is that Trump will stand for Western standards and values, and for the preservation of American culture as we still know it. So, In that respect, the outcome of the American election is extremely important for Europe.

    • trobrianders

      Europe has embraced Islam regardless.

      • Harryagain

        No. Merkel has.
        This commie cow is bent on destroying Western civilisation for ideological reasons.

  • Martin Jennerson

    “Will those responsible leaders now at last step up? Their weakness puts
    at risk not merely their own ambitions, but the whole political system.”

    Face it, Trump is the only one whose strong enough to do it. That’s why he’s getting the votes. Political correctness has a stranglehold on ALL the others. So you’re wrong – Trump needs to succeed.

  • xsnake

    The damn party screwed it’s base. Trump’s filling the vacuum.

  • trobrianders

    Donald Trump is bigger than the Republican party

  • Alexander Hunt

    The so called “responsible leaders” you refer to are precisely the ones who are perpetuating these crises. They’re ‘responsible’ for opening the floodgates to mass immigration, diluting our cultural values, and permitting the wilful destruction of western civilisation. Donald Trump, whatever your reservations about him, is the only candidate with the resolve to break through the stranglehold of political correctness. If you can’t see that then you need a reality check.

  • jim

    Gimps such as this author wrecked both parties..

    • Your incisive analysis and extraordinary powers of argument leave me in awe.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Your comparison of Trump to Mussolini is so right on bro, so original.

  • David Frum keeps going on about how much he hates Donald Trump – but actually they are in broad agreement. Donald Trump also opposes “cultural reaction” – he is socially “liberal” (or was till five minutes ago) and he is opposed to “economic exclusion” – which is code for supporting unlimited Welfare State spending (ever growing government) like the useless George Walker Bush – who David Frum was a servant of.
    Also note that the article does not even mention the only person who is close to Mr Trump in the polls – Senator Cruz. David Frum has nothing in common with Ted Cruz – who actually is a conservative (both socially and economically). This is why, in spite of all his proclaimed hatred of Donald Trump, Mr Frum really wants Mr Trump to win the nomination. I predict that David Frum will continue to support candidates who he knows have no chance of defeating Donald Trump – and will not support the only candidate, Senator Cruz, who actually has a chance of defeating Mr Trump. The last thing that David Frum wants is a SMALLER government – the idea of abolishing Five Federal Government Departments and Twenty Five Federal Governement Agencies (as Senator Cruz proposes) horrifies a “Progressive Lite” such as David Frum (and the rest of the R.I.N.O. types)_which is why, under the mask of hating the person, he is de facto supporting Donald Trump.

  • Tom Cullem

    Oh spare us! Compared to that cynical Tea Party Neanderthal, Cruz, Trump is a liberal. The Republicans have created their own nationalist Frankenstein monster and now they are shocked, SHOCKED! to find out that there is gambling going on in this establishment! I’ve seen Trump in a few interviews, where he seemed quite sane and actually uttered a few thoughts that seem to reflect the views of quite a few conservative Democrats. Cruz is a far greater threat to America than Trump – if anything, the Republican party AND the US political system need the boot up the jacksie that Trump represents. And the Democrats are far more frightened of Trump than they are of Cruz: they know their core base loves Sanders and hates Mrs Clinton but will cast all that aside and rush to vote for the latter if the Republicans run Cruz, but just might sit out or even lose votes to Trump.

    And lastly, if Trump actually can “destroy” the Republican party, maybe it’s a sign that the party needs a redesign from the ground up.

  • Ipsmick

    Last time I looked, Trump was 6/1. These seem very good odds to me.

  • Patrick Roy

    The Republicans are virtually unelectable. Donald Trump is a hero. He could have retired in peace but he’s put everything on the line to try to save the great country he once knew that has been systematically destroyed by rampant incompetence.

    • milford

      I don’t believe it’s incompetence I think it was planned. Like the Great Depression was planned.

      • cant_happen_here

        Right, by ET’s in Area 51.

        • milford

          You’re not aware that boom and bust is an organised cycle of the capitalist system? That’s how it works. You can’t have growth all the time. It has to go into recession every few years or it would go off the scale. It’s common knowledge not a conspiracy theory and it definitely does happen world-wide whether your head’s in the sand or not doesn’t alter anything.

  • fredimeyer

    this guy is more full of himself than piers morgan. i did this, i said that, read my article…. and the worst thing is he is a canadian. that means nothing he can say can ever be of any consequence.

    so trump is destroying this guy’s feeble notion of what the republican party should be, essentially in his view republicans should be socialists in suits.

    thank god trump is destroying that republican party. thank god trump is talking for and to the real american heartland. thank god there is finally someone who can WIN

  • Fenman

    The liberal establishment have made the rise of the hard right inevitable, because blinded by political correctness they have ignored the middle classes justified concerns.
    You ain’t seen nothing yet. Just wait until ISiS pull off a really major disaster, which is inevitable as our brain dead gov. Let ISIS fighters return to uk creating a 5 Th column. They shd be arrest.ed for treason. Voters are fed up with appeasement.

    • Pioneer

      “They shd be arrest.ed for treason.”

      I presume you mean the government should be arrested for treason. Not likely they will arrest themselves.

  • Kasperlos

    Can this bombastic, populist, nationalist billionaire save what’s left of the United Sates of America? Yes! The silent majority have stayed silent long enough. It’s their time, and this may just be the last chance.

    • Marvin

      It was inevitable and a long awaited of someone with the guts to stop calling a spade a shovel. We have to break the left like they break horses.

      • KRDavie

        I agree; although I find Mr Trump somewhat disturbing maybe that’s only my conditioning by years of reading publications like The Economist.

        It is indeed refreshing to have someone aspiring to national office who doesn’t say he wants ‘to serve’ (cringe), and who is prepared to call a spade a spade, not a manually operated implement for micro-terrestrial excavation.

        • Marvin

          It may seem that I blindly and naively follow Trump and his right wing rants. But in the last forty years all politicians from the civilised west have turned into a bunch of guilt ridden jellyfish who are so extreme in their terror of offending the third world violent ignorant races, have totally disregarded their own people and countries to invite, encourage and openly invite migration to an unsustainable degree and doubling like bacteria, when they do not have the resources to look out for their own. So we need a different way, but I fear it is much too late.

  • matheuz

    “Past evasions have served nobody — except of course the Trumps and the Front National and all the other extremist groups that have flourished because more responsible leaders have ignored or denied urgent voter concerns.”

    So maybe the “responsible leaders” aren’t responsible at all and the “extremists” are being the reasonable ones? If the author does not get this it is clearly because he does not want to understand it. #Cuckservative.

  • Spivy

    The point made about PC, Cultural Marxism, threatening political stability is crucial. The conspiracy to hide the truth about Muslim attacks on women and children in the UK and Europe, is extremely dangerous. Nothing enrages more than pedophilia and the sexual attack on the women of our culture by Muslims. Trump is a conduit of fear, hatred and rage. The European Trump is yet to emerge, but he or she will, and there will be nothing the establishments can do about it. People are growing more radical in their thinking by the day. The more the blind, utterly stupid politicians and media try to pull the wool over our eyes, the more they will be vulnerable to growing rage. History is full of myths and stories that capture human stupidity; but when those in power make the same mistakes over and over we instantiate the tragedies the Greeks handed down to us. Trump is a symbol of such a mistake.

    • Tom Cullem

      Has anyone died for Trump’s sins yet? Because those other exemplary Republicans, Bush and Cheney, left a trail of dead bodies and a destabilised Middle East in their wake, not to mention sticking the world’s middle and working classes with the bill for bailing out their friends on Wall Street. And you’re pointing fingers at Trump? And btw, the US government is probably already , albeit on the QT, doing what Trump suggests: monitoring Muslim immigration and visitors – hence those people who were kept off flights to Disneyland over the hols. It may have escaped your notice, but Obama was still president at the time and those processes have probably hardened following the massive “vetting” failures evident in the San Bernardino massacre – believe me, Obama and Homeland Security have taken a leaf out of Trump’s book while publicly excoriating him. Blaming Trump for being a conduit of fear still lets the actual perps off the hook in e.g., Rochdale Rotherham (that would be Labour as well as the actual Pakistani perps, cf. Dennis McShane who admits he didn’t look into the reports for fear of “rocking the multicultural boat”), Luton, Leeds, Bradford, Oxford – the Parisian mobs of Arab youth looting Jewish shops in Sarcelles in summer 2015, the mobs of Muslim German immigrants screaming “Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!” in the streets of Germany at the same time. There IS a cultural issue here, not just for women but for Jews (the demographics for Europe’s Jews are dire) and homosexuals and atheists and secularists.
      Your core point is well taken, that the politicians in Sweden, Germany, Rotherham, Belgium, and France who have kicked this can down the road for decades have been fools: the cans are now exploding in their faces. The suggestion that there are no real cans here or that there is nothing significant in those cans that questions assumptions of the automatic superiority on its face of multiculturalism over mono-culturalism in Europe, especially in formerly highly successful homogeneous cultures, is not well taken. Trump is a symbol of two mistakes: the original sin and its cover-up.

  • Mark

    The truly frightening and alarming fact of life that many are waking up to is this…..

    For years “right wing” bogey men warned us about the multi cultural future, the inevitable tensions that would develop, even the specific behaviours we would face and what did we hear in return? It’s all lies, they’re all Nazis (some were, most weren’t ) we mustn’t say these things, better we mustn’t think them either…’s all going to be great, peace, harmony, they’re just the same as us etc. etc.

    Turns out the bogey men….Powell, Honeyford being the most prominent, were prescient. And the others? Those who have woken up are still weighing up what was and is behind the pro Islam, pro foreign culture story we were and continue to be told, was it well meant lies by incompetents or was there, is there a conspiracy aimed at destroying western culture for ever?…

    Is Trump prescient or is he a bogey man? on this question rests rather a lot.

    • Marvin

      The era of the vocational politician has passed. There is a new career politician especially in Britain, as we know, has gone straight from University, heads full of ambition that they will achieve only because of who they know and the circles they exist in. Not one iota of experience of the world around or understanding of their peoples. So we have political parties filled to the brim of people obsessed with sticking their snouts in the trough and keeping it there as long as possible. The antidote and change will come from someone like Donald Trump who see the realities and dangers of the left and multi- lovey dovey
      and surrender by pure gutless tolerance. We need him to say enough of this garbage and say “NO!”

      • siphil

        True enough about modern politicians. The trouble is Donald Trump talks complete b*******, so people will likely not vote for someone who talks complete b*******.

        • Guilttripjunkie

          One persons complete b****** is another persons sound fact based argument.

        • KRDavie

          Then he’s well qualified to be a politician.

        • Cyril Sneer

          Since when has Obama talked sense? He managed two terms when he should be in prison right now.

        • Marvin

          Listen Syphillis, You will never understand this, but B******S is precisely the way to stop Islamisation of the planet.

  • LOL – just saw this blog likening Trump to Mussolini. An uncanny resemblance both in character and appearance.

    • Cyril Sneer

      It could be him eh…

      • Well he actually looks like Mussolini and is an insane bombast – just like him. I thought that blog had him pretty much on the nail.

  • SonOfaGun

    Trump is saving America from Neo-Conservatism – economic conservatism, social marxism.

    • Kevin Poss

      Economic protectionism isn’t the way to go. Even someone who pretends to be an expert on anything can tell you that. Plus…racism….REALLY not cool.

  • Guilttripjunkie

    Trump is vilified by a left leaning political establishment, simply for daring to speak the truth in a time of quasi Marxist deceit.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Oh dear those honourable upstanding liars of the left don’t like that nasty wasty mr twump and the meany things he says.

  • tom kincade

    So Frum agrees with suppressing the truth of what happened in Cologne you can see now why Trump is popular he tells it as it is without any bullshit

  • Callipygian

    Never mind the Trump Chump. According to the Des Moines Register (Iowa’s most important newspaper), “Sen. Marco Rubio has the potential to chart a new direction for the party, and perhaps the nation, with his message of restoring the American dream.” The paper has endorsed him as nominee and therefore as president.

    It’s been a slice, Donald. Now toddle off so the grown-ups can get on with the serious business of keeping freedom alive.

  • Bryan See

    I think Trump has support from not only immortal Russian President Vladimir Putin (and his allies, particularly President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov and his scientific community), but also the people on #Wikipedia: BatteryIncluded, Dennis Brown, Anthony (AGK) and Boing! said Zebedee are supporting him because they call him as such.

    I fear Trump should know that I was banned in 2012, and, once he’s become President, he will likely take a more robust and vile approach to any actions taken on the Internet that are aimed at Wikipedia. He will defend Wikipedia and its users. He will claim that there’s no proof Wikipedia had banned users deprived of computers and killed under the guise of a medication supposed to cure their alleged paranoia.

  • Gord Coulson

    The Republican strategy back with Reagan and the ‘moral majority’ was for billionaires to target the evangelical conservatives and under-educated working class and manipulate them into a voting block. Political puppets for the rich and powerful uttered ‘christian’ like noises (anti gay marriage, anti abortion etc.) with racist undertones and told evangelicals that Jesus wants to cut taxes for the rich, slash ‘socialist’ programs, and launch more wars of imperialism. They bought into it for a few decades, thanks to media control but now realize they were swindled (alternative media/Internet has blown away information control). However, evangelical conservatives in general do not have the ability to think clearly or deeply (full disclosure: I am a progressive evangelical). They are rebelling against the establishment, who they rightly understand as using them to enrich themselves, but don’t know where to turn. Trump is a convenient focus point for their anger and frustration. Cruz is a fraud, and Rubio a sock puppet for billionaires, so Trump is the guy. It’s not going to end well.

  • Sean L

    What’s “extreme” about the desire for self-government over against rule by a trans-national bureaucratic behemoth? Or believing that if you choose to live in France you owe it your allegiance and ought to show some respect for its customs and institutions? If it were a non-European nation you’d call it “self-determination” or “freedom”. You’ve armed, even bombed and gone to war on behalf of nationalist political factions with far less cause. Leaving aside what the United States might consider to be in its strategic interest, on what grounds was Ahmed Chalabi’s cause in Iraq, for example, more worthy of support or less “extreme” than Marine Le Pen’s in France?

  • El Pochito

    Right, so a former George W Bush speechwriter laments the present without considering the contribution of his former paymaster to the hellish situation in Syria and Iraq for a war started on spin? For the oversight of many governments, including his boss’s, for an unregulated ponzi style housing market? These things led to where we are today and the anger people feel explains the rise of charismatic anti establishment types like Trump. As for the annointed one, Rubio, he looks like the embodiment of the system. He sounds worse, no ideas or conviction, flip flopping and weak when challenged. No wonder Trump’s cleaning up. Frum hath no shame!

    • Village Twittiot

      I know right? And he whines about “personal consequences” he has suffered as a result of telling even his own rose tinted version of the truth about the machinations of the GOP. The only thing Republicans hate more than Obama, is a big mouthed turncoat. He better keep an eye out for Karl Roves.

  • Tunku Aziz

    Don’t blame Trump. He is at least honest by being Trump. Blame the system which encourages the morally or/and mentally-challenged to lead the nation that apparently is still in search of a role and identity. After the con-artist Obama, Trump seems like a breath of fresh air, by American standards.

  • Sher

    It never ceases to amaze me that fellow Americans STILL believe in the tooth fairy. Any fool can get up there and promise the moon ( without of course saying HOW he will do all the wondrous things) and they will, once again, eat it up hook, line and sinker. In this case, his supporters are cutting off their nose to spite their face, because the Dems are only too happy to see this blow hard run.