The election of Donald Trump represents the failure of American democracy.

As the world watches in fascinated horror the inauguration of a man who embodies almost everything that is abhorrent in American culture, the American public votes with its feet.

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It seems that not even the people who voted for him could be bothered turning up.  Just the rest of them couldn’t be bothered turning up for the election.

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When the two candidates for the office of President can each only attract roughly 25% of the popular vote, surely democracy has failed.

When the successful candidate is elected through a heavily gerrymandered system that leaves the electorate deeply dissatisfied, then surely democracy has failed.

Its failure is all the more deeply entrenched when there is no feasible way of finding a satisfactory resolution to the problem.

When the inauguration triggers protests were millions of women demonstrate against the President of the United States, surely we have a crisis of leadership in the Western world.

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