Why border troubles will help Trump in 2020 race

Populists do not live and die on their record. They live on a sense of rolling crisis.

"Poor Ike," said Mr Harry Truman of Mr Dwight Eisenhower, his successor-elect as United States president in 1952.

"He'll sit here and he'll say 'Do this! Do that!' And nothing will happen."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'Why border troubles will help Trump in 2020 race'. Print Edition | Subscribe