In a year which has seen the rise of anti-establishment politics, including veteran socialist candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump could possibly claim to be the most successful to ride the everyman wave.
Despite the billionaire real-estate mogul's decidedly corporate background, he has inspired public support on a - well - divisive platform, to the point that he seems set to achieve the Republican nomination, pending predicted 'Super Tuesday' victories.
A CNN poll of Republican voters on Monday put Trump's support at 49 per cent, more than that of all of his opponents combined.
As Republican primaries and caususes take place in 12 states today, in which Trump is expected to win all but Texas (where Ted Cruz is likely to win on home territory), MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted possibly the most apt overview.
a word that people should probably familiarize themselves with:— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 29, 2016
Hayes was referencing Dictionary.com's entry for Kakistocracy:
Kakistocracy n. (1829) 'government by the worst element of a society,' coined on analogy of its opposite, aristocracy, from Greek kakistos 'worst,' superlative of kakos 'bad' (which perhaps is related to the general IE word for 'defecate;' see caco- ) + -cracy.
Seems about right to us.
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