Donald Trump sparked a furious backlash on Monday when he called for all Muslims to be barred from entering the United States in the wake of terrorism attacks in Paris and California.
It was a bombshell even by the outspoken candidate’s standard of bombast, and brought the immediate condemnation of his rivals for the Republican nomination.
Jeb! called it “unhinged” and “not serious”.
Both of which are probably true.
But that’s not actually the point. Which is, will such adventures in idiocy actually get Trump elected? And, well, not sure.
I’ve seen people working through US elections. Actually sitting down to read the little booklets with the various propositions, the for and against arguments, discussing them at the kitchen table in the days before the vote. Not all, of course not, not everyone does this, but there’s a certain part of the population that really does take their voting extremely seriously. Trump ain’t gonna win with these folks.
But then again, we can look around the world at the grotesques that do get elected on platforms of vague promises and buffoonery and, well, who wants to bet that the whole electorate takes it all that seriously?
In a world where Corbyn is thought to be an improvement on Miliboy, are we actually certain that Trump won’t manage it?