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America Gets Its Own Caudillo – Politico

Date: Mar 24, 2016

Better than most, the people of Latin America know how to spot a caudillo, or populist strongman—Pinochet. Noriega. Castro. Chávez. Perón. Perhaps that helps explain why Latin Americans, who would typically not care very much about the American presidential primary process, have nevertheless been paying such keen attention this year for the first time in memory. Across the continent, Donald Trump has struck a jangly nerve of recognition among people who see something all too familiar in the possibility of a Presidente Trump—an addition to the long line of democratically elected, populist autocrats who have reigned down here for decades. They see up north the rise of a true, North American caudillo. Read more>>