If the Democrats go into the 2020 elections complaining about the conduct of the 2016 elections, they don't stand a chance against Trump's populist appeal.
The results have been used as evidence of America's "cold civil war", with either side able to interpret them as they wish. To an extent, that division has been imported to Australia.
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Many of the Australian far-right would have you believe that billionaire George Soros, one of several liberal figures targeted in an apparent bomb plot in the US, controls Australia's left-wing agenda.
Were the Democrats and the left capable of exploiting it, not only would Donald Trump be in trouble, but so, too, would the whole right nationalist political project, and rather quickly.
Trump's family-based campaign appeared, for a time, to finally get through to the Donald, but then it all went downhill again.
Whoever can reformulate their party in a way that promises some new synthesis of global vs communal, open vs closed systems, becomes the legitimate representative of modernity
The new political order is of a great split between localists and globalists, nationalists and cosmopolitans, and each side of that divide has its left and right.