Fintan O’Toole: The cluster of global crises that created Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s election is the United States’ reaction to a series of huge problems: democracy is broken, inequality is growing, masculinity is undergoing rapid change

Donald Trump: at his most ludicrous and vulgar he embodies the crisis of masculinity. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Donald Trump: at his most ludicrous and vulgar he embodies the crisis of masculinity. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

When something as strange as Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential race happens it’s not because there is a crisis. It’s because there is a cluster of crises, a set of related breakdowns that drive a nation beyond the edge of reason.

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