Goodbye, America. And good luck - Irish Times

Murmurations of starlings twisting in darkening shadows are common in Irish skies, so the sight of little black birds swirling over Des Moines, in Iowa , on the afternoon of November 11th, 2015, didn’t startle me at first. In the midwestern state – the first to pick its preferred presidential candidates – the US National Weather Service had reported a relatively quiet peak period in its tornado season, during late spring and early summer, but a series of rare... Over an astonishing 17-month campaign the Trump tornado swept through American establishment politics, sending Washington into. I had been in Iowa to write a story about Jeb Bush’s attempt to retake the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the face of an unlikely challenger, the blustering Donald Trump.