Like almost everyone else outside the Republican Party, I find myself staring in stunned disbelief at the popularity polls. How could anyone consider Donald Trump to be in the Top Ten Million for consideration as the Leader of the Free World?
But I have to interpose my body between Mr Trump and the howls of protest that his latest reported remarks have drawn. He said that refugees could be “the greatest Trojan horse of all time.” Whatever the motives and prejudices that may underlie that statement, it is undeniably supported by two very obvious precedents.
First, US foreign policy has for many years been hostage to Zionist lobbyists, whose power depends on a Jewish population (only 2% nationally, but disproportionately influential) which derives in large part from past flows of refugees from persecution in Europe.
Second, the recent outbreak of sanity with respect to US-Cuban relations has been delayed for decades by the Cuban exile population – refugees from Castro and his communist regime, implacably opposed to détente.