The crook who beat Le Pen

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-22-44-32Jacques Chirac, Dalrymple reminds us,

won an election overwhelmingly against Jean-Marie Le Pen because Chirac’s opponents to the Left voted for him on the belief that ‘better a crook than a fascist’.

However, Dalrymple notes that

compared with either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Chirac was a statesmanlike moral giant — though a crook nonetheless.

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