Don't make mistake of dismissing Trump's far-Right politics as populist garbage... it's a global problem
President Obama's remarks to the United Nations General Assembly "that the forces of globalisation have exposed deep faultlines across the globe" should be a timely warning to those who still do not take seriously the global rise of the xenophobic nationalist far-Right.
Large swathes of a polarised Western voting demographic have embraced the inflammatory and anti-immigration rhetoric of the AdF (Germany), Front National (France), Ukip and, of course, the racist mantra of Donal Trump - less than eight years after electing the first African-American president.
These sentiments are not just populist garbage and they cannot be simply dismissed by apologists for the far-Right who suggest they are merely rhetorical hyperbole spoken in the heat of a confrontational immigration discourse and should not be taken literally.
On this basis, Trump's 'Mexican Wall' is only a grandiose metaphor designed to highlight illegal immigrants from south of the Rio Grande; it is not, it is a deliberate targeting of 'illegals' that do not fit the template of the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant that is the bedrock of Trump's success.
This is the core tenet of Trump's xenophobic electoral framework. He represents the anti-Islamist, misogynistic and anti-other xenophobia that still appeals to a broad mass of conservative voters who are becoming increasingly militant at the dilution of America's historical homogeneous Christian, Caucasian national character.
This conservative cohort is retrenching into almost a separate demographic with a ghetto-like mentality primed, as Trump understands perfectly well, to accept his outrageously racist rhetoric.
And, sadly, this polarisation of 'us' and 'them' seems set to dominate politics for the foreseeable future - no matter November's election outcome.
DR KEVIN McCARTHY
Kinsale, Co Cork