There is both a doubly delicious irony in the selection of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and a certain historical resonance.
Irony is to be found in Trump's appeal to the 'downtrodden masses' as their champion against the banks, billionaires and bailouts. A mob-connected billionaire, who mastered the art of persuading banks to support his wealth extraction through bankruptcy, will look after 'the little guy'. As they say - 'gimme a break'!
The second dash of irony, seasoned with historical resonance, is more subtle. Trump's family can be traced back to Kallstadt, Germany. His first wife, Ivana, came from Zlin in the former Czechoslovakia, and his present wife, Melania, was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.
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