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Anti-Trump wave barely causes a ripple

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OPINION: The US mid-term election result will leave a swathe of liberal observers around the world politically deflated.

Even those American commentators close to the action appeared to be a tad 'out of sorts' when it became clear President Trump's eight weeks of political barn-storming had been successful in ensuring the predicted 'blue wave' of opposition to his Republican policies faltered well before it hit the beach.

Republicans increased their grip on the Senate and, while the historically predictable swing away from the administration in the House of Representatives was significant, the suggested tsunami of opposition to the Trump administration failed to materialise.

For a president who gives the impression he regards himself as a latter-day man of destiny and, on occasion, behaves like a modern day Nero, the fact he will now be forced to bang heads with a Democrat majority in the House is likely to elicit even more bizarre behaviour than has been the case to date. Donald Trump appears to revel in an environment of challenge and controversy so it has to be presumed he will welcome the opportunity to strut in a more combative playground.

His attempt to figuratively throw CNN's Jim Acosta to the lions at the very first presidential news conference after the election is the stuff of slap-stick, but the implications are ominous.


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