“Clown runs for Prez: Trump throws rubber

nose in GOP ring”

–Headline of The Daily Mail, 17 June 2015.

 

It has been close to a year since the reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced his bid for the United States presidency in front of a few hundred onlookers and curiosity seekers in a shopping mall. His comical event – he descended on an escalator before taking the stage – and his wildly bigoted remarks made him the butt of most jokes across America, and even the world. Newspapers and analysts were quick to dismiss his campaign as distraction that will not get far while comedians and newscasters laughed him off as a egotistical man running as a the president to boost the popularity of his ailing hotel business. He was unanimously discredited, even by the party he whose ticket he was running for.

Today the scales have dramatically changed, after winning the Republican nomination Donald Trump is the undisputed centre of the GOP, and the party establishment is being forced to deal with this uncomfortable reality. Party heavyweights like Speaker of the House of Representatives Ryan Pual are slowly changing their views to endorse him after publically refusing to do so. For the Democrats and the rest of the liberal country, Trump is not an amusing anomaly to enjoy, he is now an serious opponent to strategise against.