US Audio Analysis: Baton Rouge and the Danger of Trump

PHOTO: Donald Trump speaks in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 11, 2016 (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)


Anticipating the start of the Republican National Convention, I spoke with BBC Radio Wales on Monday about the phenomenon of Donald Trump and the future of the GOP.

However, the interview took a twist with Sunday’s events in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a gunman killed three police officers and wounded three, two critically. The incident was the second multiple killing of police in a week, amid protests over racial and economic issues and the police’s shootings of unarmed African American men.

So the discussion moved from Trump v. the GOP — and will the two be able to work together — to the danger of his possible exploitation of the tension.

Listen to discussion

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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