US Politics

‘Let Trump be Trump’: US gears up for a toxic and tedious election

The former US president will breeze to the Republican nomination but his campaign could be decided in a court room

Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump. Picture: Getty

That was quick. The briefest primary season in modern US history was nasty, brutish and short – entirely consistent with Donald Trump’s Hobbesian worldview. It also revealed the limitations of efforts by a committed subset of independent and moderate Republicans seeking to ensure it served as the epitaph for his political career, which didn’t begin until his 70th year but has, in less than a decade, fundamentally altered the DNA of the GOP and upended ...