Donald Trump excels at being shocking. Throughout the 2016 US election campaign, he garnered more media attention than any other candidate simply by saying the unsayable. If people criticised him, then he just said something even more outrageous in order to disrupt the news cycle.
In office, there has been little sign of him moderating his approach or trying to heal some of the wounds caused by the mean-spirited, nasty, knife-fight of an election. Trump is Trump, and cannot change. But will others try to copy his style and approach?
Should we prepare ourselves for a more thin-skinned, paranoid, bullying form of politics? Does America’s political first-past-the-post system lead to more combative elections? In a world of 24-hour news and social media, is being shocking simply the best way to get attention? And, if so, how can this trend be countered?
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