New York explosions: 'Too early to say whether Donald Trump will gain from weekend's bombings'

Expert explains the political impact of Manhattan bombing for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

FBI personel in the aftermath of the bombing in Chelsea

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The weekend's bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey will resonate with Donald Trump's core support - but it's too early to gauge the effect on the wider electorate.

That's according to Dr. Brian Klaas, a fellow in global politics at the London School of Economics, who spoke to talkRADIO this afternoon.

"I think it's too early to say [whether this will help Trump] clearly," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "For Donald Trump's die-hard supporters, absolutely. This is their narrative - the Muslim comes into America and conducts a terror attack.

"Hillary Clinton's followers see her as a viable alternative to deal with terror attacks. When it comes to that fact, Donald Trump is a bit [of an] unhinged candidate, but the question of presidential elections always comes down to independence.

"It's so simplistic for Donald Trump to suggest a closing of the borders, but Hillary Clinton points out this plays into what Islamic State want. There are extremists within the country as well - the question is how do we deal with them?

"When national security becomes more prominent, are people going to want to have a more steady hand [Clinton] or more aggressive hand [Trump] in a moment of fear?"