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Trumpery on both sides of the border

By Nelson Wiseman      

Donald Trump’s campaign may not be uplifting but his codswallop is certainly spellbinding.

Trump is a master at trumpery: Donald Trump is as unlikely to win the presidency as was Ford when he declared his candidacy for mayor. Trump may win if there is a terrorist attack on the eve of the election or if there are some more serious revelations about Clinton’s misuse of her personal email server. Photograph courtesy of YouTube

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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