TORONTO—In January, long before the first primary was held and when 17 candidates were still vying for the Republican nomination, a Virginian in South Carolina who spotted my Toronto T-shirt told me he worked as a consultant to Manitoba’s public auto insurance Crown corporation. It had been created by the NDP over the loud objections of the Conservatives. I thought he might be a Democrat but he told me he was going to vote for Donald Trump. Stunned and incredulous, I laughed. I shouldn’t have; I ought to have asked him “Why?” Trump seemed such an improbable candidate for the presidency. No longer.
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