The glue that holds together Donald Trump’s base is not ideology. It is visceral, tribal resentment against the Democratic Party and Never-Trump Republicans that he stokes relentlessly via Twitter and with the help of Fox, the cable news channel that acts, on instructions from its proprietor, Rupert Murdoch, as Trump’s Pravda. If you need to con people into voting for you against their interests and values and in the face of overwhelming evidence of your moral squalor, the most effective tactic is to get them fearing and loathing your opponent. Of course, you may rip your country apart in the process, but if you are Trump, that is not a concern (any more than it seems to be for Julius Malema and his gang in the SA context). It is, though, a worry for Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives and the Democrats’ leader until they settle on a presidential nominee in 2020. Her job is to figure out the best way to fight the cancer on the presidency that is Trump without inadv...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.