Can't get enough of Donald Trump? Here's what columnists are saying

Donald Trump addresses the media during a press conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, on March 5, 2016.
Donald Trump addresses the media during a press conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, on March 5, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Love him or loathe him, Mr Donald Trump is here to stay. 

His status as the Republican presidential front runner was cemented with seven wins on Super Tuesday (March 1), and he has maintained his lead over rival Ted Cruz with subsequent victories in the states of Louisiana and Kentucky on Super Saturday (March 5). 

With the prospect of Mr Trump taking his place as the Republican party's presidential candidate now highly likely, here's a look at what columnists from key news publications in the US and beyond are saying about the brash New York billionaire. 


Financial Times

Who is Donald Trump most like? 


Rupert Murdoch, once anti-Trump, now appears to support him. PHOTO: REUTERS

In a bid to analyse his rise, FT's commentators revealed who they believe has most in common with Mr Trump. 

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, US media mogul Rupert Murdoch and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage were names that popped up. 

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Donald Trump embodies how great republics meet their end

FT associate editor Martin Wolf reckoned it would be a "global disaster" if Mr Trump were to become president, labelling him as a "promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe and an ignoramus". 

He also urged Americans to decide what sort of person they want to put in the White House. 

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Autocratic attitudes emerge in a modern American setting

Mr Trump's authoritarianism is an amalgam of wacko left and wacko right, wrote Slate Group chairman Jacob Weisberg, as he drew comparisons with a 1935 novel, It Can't Happen Here, that imagined fascism coming to the US. 

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The New York Times

The Elements of Trumpism


Donald Trump supporters cheering at a campaign rally held at the  University of Central Florida in Orlando. PHOTO: REUTERS

NYT's Ross Douthat asserted that Mr Trump is showing the people something different, something that less fortunate countries know all too well: how authoritarianism works, how it seduces and ultimately how it wins.

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Donald the Dangerous

 

An apt image is conjured up by NYT's Nicholas Kristof: "Is there any scarier nightmare than President Donald J. Trump in a tense international crisis, indignant and impatient, with his sweaty finger on the nuclear trigger?"

He pointed out that most of the discussion about Mr Trump has focused on domestic policy, but checks and balances mean he can be curtailed on that front - it is abroad where the Constitution could give him a much freer hand. 

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Chickens, Home to Roost

The most enjoyable thing about the Trump phenomenon, according to NYT's Maureen Dowd, has been watching Mr Trump make monkeys out of a lot of people who had it coming. 

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Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump’s Latin Role Models


Venezuelans holding up posters of their late President Hugo Chavez on the third anniversary of his death. PHOTO: REUTERS

Citing the examples of populist authoritarians like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Argentina's Juan Peron, WSJ editor Mary Anastasia O'Grady warned supporters of Mr Trump they might be disappointed to learn that his political playbook is right out of 20th century Latin America. 

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The Republican Party Is Shattering

In the aftermath of Mr Trump's dominance at Super Tuesday, author and WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan said the billionaire's presence could spell wider implications for the Republican party, whose top and bottom have already split. 

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The Guardian 

From Trump to Merkel: how the world is divided between fear and openness



Angela Merkel (left) stands for globalism, while Donald Trump is all in favour of territorialism. PHOTOS: AFP

Dr Ulrich Speck, a senior fellow at Washington's Transatlantic Academy, examined how German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr Trump represented the two major concepts defining the political struggle in the West: globalism and territorialism. 

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The Republicans created Donald Trump: no wonder they can’t stop him

Mr Trump - a Frankenstein's monster of the Republican party's own creation - looks unstoppable in his quest to become the party's standard-bearer in November, wrote The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland, as a late collective effort to undermine him looks doomed to fail. 

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Washington Post 

Is this the end of the West as we know it?

Should Mr Trump become President, columnist Anne Applebaum painted a bleak picture of a man  totally uninterested in what past presidents would have called their shared values. 

"In any case, he prefers the company of dictators to that of other democrats," she wrote. 

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South China Morning Post 

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump takes the White House, pragmatism is likely to be the eventual winner


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaking during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on March 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

A detailed look by Dr Dan Steinbock, founder of Difference Group, at how an American presidency led by either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will deal with China and Asia, including on matters of trade and geopolitics.

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