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MSNBC – Donald Trump’s wins in the U.S. primary elections are worrying and highlight the rising popularity of insurgent political movements around the world, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday.
Trump surprised some pundits with his success in the Republican primaries this week and is projected to win in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Vermont and Alabama, NBC News has reported. His rival Ted Cruz is projected to win in Alaska, according to NBC News, after taking Texas and Oklahoma.
The businessman is known for his divisive views on immigration and was previously viewed as too maverick and extremist to succeed in his bid for the leadership of the Republican Party.
On Wednesday, Blair, who governed the U.K. between 1997 and 2007, expressed bemusement and dismay at the popularity of Trump and other polarizing politicians in the U.S. and Britain.
“Sometimes I look at politics today and wonder if I still understand it,” Blair said in a conference interview at the Global Financial Markets Forum in Abu Dhabi.