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The irresistible comedic value of Trump

By Jemima Kelly

29 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Trump is a product of the New York comedy scene, and his opponents are trying to show they have a sense of humor. But it’s not clear that they do, writes FT columnist Jemima Kelly.

Trying to work out whether it is more likely that Donald Trump will be behind bars or behind the Oval Office desk in two years’ time is a tricky calculation. It’s slightly easier to predict who will be the Republican presidential nominee: although it’s too early to crown him, Trump is leaving his rivals in the dust.

Second-favourite Ron DeSantis, who was leading the race in some early polls at the end of last year, has now plunged down the ratings: in the RealClearPolitics poll average, DeSantis is at 21.5 per cent, while Trump is at 52. In one recent poll Trump was given a 45-point lead over DeSantis: 59 per cent to the latter’s 14 per cent.

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