Clive Crook is a Bloomberg View columnist and writes editorials on economics, finance and politics. Prior to this, he served as a senior editor at The Atlantic, and as the chief Washington commentator for Financial Times. He worked for more than 20 years at The Economist, as economics correspondent, Washington correspondent, economics editor, and deputy editor. In that last role he guided the magazine’s editorial line across its interests in business, politics, and international relations. He previously served as an official in the British finance ministry and the Government Economic Service.
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Supporting Trump is an act of class protest -- not just over hard economic times, the effect of immigration on wages or the depredations of Wall Street, but also, and perhaps most of all, over lack of respect. That's something no American, with or without a college degree, will stand for.
It's a shame that he'll have to bring the ceiling down for the country to declare him a failure. What he says ought to have been enough. But it's remarkable how helpful incompetent opponents can be.
The idea that Donald Trump might be a good president seems as unlikely as the idea that he would win the election. Yet, as we see, strange things sometimes happen.
Theories of the rise of Donald Trump too often rely on the anger, bigotry and general backwardness of his supporters.
Trump isn't opposing democracy or promising to scrap the Constitution. He isn't calling for an expansion of state power. He isn't summoning the nation's collective will to purge imaginary enemies at home or abroad.