Trump’s trip to the Mideast and Europe was an enormous success — except, as Danziger notes, for the unfortunate havoc he wreaked among all of our country’s traditional allies. He rode that golf cart into ignominy.
When a Republican candidate assaulted a journalist, the loudmouth right-wing media began making excuses, if not downright lying about what happened. Rush Limbaugh rhetorically condemned the attack but quickly devolved into hero worship.
The immediate challenge to Emmanuel Macron will be to secure a majority in next month’s parliamentary election for a political movement that is barely a year old, rebranded as La Republique En Marche (“Onward the Republic”), in order to implement his program. Outgoing president Francois Hollande, who brought Macron into politics, said the result “confirms that a very large majority of our fellow citizens wanted to unite around the values of the Republic and show their attachment to the European Union.”
An estimate of the results of Sunday’s election by the pollster Ipsos France, announced at 8pm local time to cheers by flag-waving supporters gathered in Paris, put Macron’s support at about 65 percent of the vote. His opponent, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, took 35 percent.
Former economy minister Emmanuel Macron topped the ballot in the French election’s first round and will confront neofascist Marine LePen in the second. New polls show Macron, an independent centrist and political newcomer, easily defeating the National Front candidate, who enjoys the support of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.