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Submitted by JEROME GELB (Australia), Apr 8, 2016 at 09:07

Living & voting in Australia I have no iron in the U.S. Presidential Election fire but I follow the process closely & am astonished at the irrational hysteria ... succumbed to re Donald Trump. The men who count themselves as Trump's long-term friends are respected public & business figures who have kept close company with him for 25yrs or more. They describe him as an honest man of integrity who is generous to a fault, a terrific father with successful, intelligent & resourceful kids & staff that sing his praises years after leaving his employ.

Comparing Trump's OTT rhetoric, engineered for maximising exposure during the primaries, to that of Mussolini is absurd. Newt Gingrich has been keeping in contact with Trump and reports that he is ready to take a completely constitutional approach to the Presidential role but he wants to establish beyond doubt that UNLIKE the party establishment, he will get things done that actually tackle America's serious problems, not simply shuffle the deck chairs on the Titanic. The other candidates, both Republican & Democrat, will suffer the same fate as we've become familiar with, all talk & no action. Trump is deliberately stirring things up and has millions of voters agreeing that a shake-up is well overdue.

What do you think 8 more years of inertia will produce? Trump owns a corporation comprising over 500 businesses and he is described as hands on and meticulous by his family & staff. No other candidate will wade in, clear log-jams and achieve results, certainly not a corrupt criminal like Hillary Clinton. Islamic Jihad must be utterly crushed with whatever degree of brutality necessary to defeat that poisonous ideology & make it clear that America will NEVER allow a Caliphate to survive. Which other candidate has the nerves & balls of steel necessary to take the fight to them. Don't get precious about the methods used on genocidal savages to force information from them. Genocidal War, which Islamism is, combined with the threat of a nuclear breakout by Iran, calls for no mucking around arguing about the "ethics of war". Jihad has never been waged according to "ethics". It has been barbaric, savage and has spared no-one. Gentlemen's Rules be damned! ...

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My, my, quite the fan.

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