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Merkel Is a Better Leader for America Than Trump

By Richard Cohen, Washington Post - September 15, 2015

It has come to this: The leading Republican presidential candidate struts like a martinet and has taken on the persona, if not the rhetoric, of a hater, while the leader of Germany, an altogether humble woman of clear moral vision, is performing in the Western tradition of enlightened tolerance. How did we lose this war?

Of course, we have not — not yet. But the rhetoric of Donald Trump, seeded with insults and schoolyard bravado, has somehow managed to propel him to the front of the Republican pack. So invincible does he seem that the next in line in the polls, the sweetly clueless Ben Carson, will not denounce him although if Carson runs on anything it is a platform of morality. He says he is not a politician, but when it comes to a bit of courage, he has the adjustable backbone of a hack.

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