Eleven months ago, the businessman’s candidacy seemed like a sideshow; now, he’s the likely GOP presidential nominee. How did the country get here?
As the news sinks in, a palpable sense of shock is settling over much of America of the sort normally reserved for the day after major natural disasters. Donald Trump, the real estate tycoon once known primarily for his mop of orange hair, perma-tan and catchphrase “You’re fired!”, has become the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican party.
The country, including many top figures within the GOP itself, is struggling to come to terms with the unthinkable, the unconscionable, the downright preposterous: in theory, Trump is now one short hop away from the White House. To say that the news has unsettled the party of which he is now the nominal head would be a gross understatement – thunderstruck, flabbergasted or devastated would be closer to the mark. Continue reading...