US election 2016

Donald Trump and the five stages of libertarian grief

22 November 2016 16:21

If you think Theresa May has made life difficult for ‘right-wing libertarians’ in the UK, spare a thought for the…

Hillary Clinton concedes to Donald Trump – ‘he must be given a chance to lead’

9 November 2016 17:30

Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. Hillary Clinton conceded defeat, telling supporters that Trump must be given…

Hillary Clinton delivered a classy defeat speech. But would Sanders have delivered a victory speech?

9 November 2016 17:18

Hillary Clinton may have been a woeful candidate, but she just delivered a classy defeat speech. She did what everybody…

Donald Trump won’t be as bad as you think

9 November 2016 14:54

This piece is from the new issue of The Spectator, out tomorrow.  This week’s cover: Planet Trump, with @Freddygray31, Rod…

Donald Trump played the identity politics game – and won

9 November 2016 8:12

I feel a strange sense of schadenfreude mixed with a heavy dose of terror and uncertainty now that the American…

‘Vote for the one you dislike least’: What the US papers are saying on election day

8 November 2016 9:16

Americans will finally head to the polls today after one of the most fractious Presidential contests in the country’s history.…

Would Donald Trump build a wall along the Canadian border?

8 November 2016 8:30

We’ve heard a lot about what a Trump victory tomorrow night means for Mexico, little of which seems good. He’s…

Donald Trump is a masterpiece of American melancholy

2 November 2016 13:23

The ‘pursuit of happiness’—an infinitely debatable formulation to describe a distinctively American activity. As Jefferson wrote the phrase as the…

The simple explanation for Donald Trump’s pro-Putin twaddle

1 November 2016 11:45

Once upon a time Republicans routinely accused Democrats of being soft on Russia. Irving Kristol, writing in Commentary in 1952,…

How the Mormons dumped Trump

26 October 2016 15:22

Evan McMullin is running for president of the United States. A Mormon from Utah, a former CIA undercover agent, he…

Donald Trump last night exposed himself as Chavez without the beret

20 October 2016 8:53

Much has been made of Donald Trump’s character but the big problem is not that he is a bad person…

Donald Trump fails to land the knockout punch he needs in last night’s final presidential debate

20 October 2016 7:57

Donald Trump needed to win bigly, as he would put it, in Las Vegas. He didn’t, and his campaign is…

Donald Trump isn’t out of the race yet

16 October 2016 9:01

Speaking of which, who will be President Trump’s treasury secretary, and does it matter? After this week’s ‘locker-room’ revelations, the…

Donald Trump’s sinister threat to jail Hillary should worry us all

12 October 2016 16:29

In the autumn of 2008, a gaggle of American conservatives gathered for a conference at that most godless of progressive…

The intelligent case for voting Trump

9 October 2016 11:52

Last week more than 130 right-wing thinkers put their names to a defiant document — a list of ‘Scholars and…

Hillary will beat Trump. But her presidency will be hamstrung just like Obama’s

8 October 2016 16:01

The more you study history, the more you realise how hopeless it is to try predicting the future. Even sophisticated…

What next for Barack Obama?

8 October 2016 13:13

What is to become of Barack Obama when he retires from the US presidency at the age of 55? I…

Obama’s sky high approval rating spells good news for Clinton

7 October 2016 16:51

Did you see the news? Hillary Clinton is a shoo-in to win the election. OK. No-one is saying it quite yet.…

Introducing The Spectator’s US Election 2016 site

7 October 2016 13:33

Welcome to The Spectator’s US Election 2016 site, brought to you in association with City Index. This will be home…

Six things to expect from tonight’s Trump vs Clinton TV debate

26 September 2016 13:37

Tonight’s first televised debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, on Long Island, New York, is expected to generate a…