The Observer view on Donald Trump

It’s time to tell the ugly truth before it’s too late
Donald Trump has the support of an apparent majority of Republican delegates.
Donald Trump has the support of an apparent majority of Republican delegates. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Now that what once seemed inconceivable has happened, what are Americans who care about their country, its hard-won values and its leading international role going to do about it? The prospect that Donald Trump will secure the Republican party’s presidential nomination at its Cleveland convention in July can no longer sensibly be ignored or denied. Revised delegate counts last week indicated the property tycoon commands a majority going into the first ballot. It appears only an unprecedented internal party coup, or some kind of personal meltdown or disqualifying scandal can stop Trump running for the White House in November as official GOP nominee.
That Trump cannot be considered a fit and proper person to occupy the office of president should be evident. But if the rumbustious primary season has demonstrated anything, it is that large numbers of voters are so angry about the state of their country, so dissatisfied with the system and so fearful of global changes that they seem ready to suspend normal, informed judgment. A vote for Trump is a vote against the status quo. But in too many cases, it is also an immature, isolationist, tantrum cry for a return to a mythical Fortress America that supposedly existed before Muslims and Mexicans and other “foreign” influences arrived on Main Street.