Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley is a senior writer and a former US correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Delaware County Fair on ...

Faith, blind faith and Donald Trump

When Dr Tony Beam sits down before the microphone at 7am to begin his breakfast radio shift in rural South Carolina, he wears a pin in his lapel for the North Greenville University, the Christian college at which he is vice-president for student services, and a semi-automatic pistol on his hip.

Republican supporters were silent when Donald Trump struggled through the ''Fitness to be president'' section.

The debate section that silenced a group of young Republicans

During the last presidential debate of this long, weird election season at a bar with members of the Mecklenburg Young Republican Party in Charlotte, the largest city in the crucial state of North Carolina, one of the party faithful sidled up to mutter in my ear.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands on stage with female supporters during a campaign rally North Carolina.

Why do women stick with Donald Trump?

Donald Trump's speech in Charlotte, the capital of North Carolina in heart of the bible belt on Friday night, was, if anything, more incoherent than the already substantially incohesive standard stump speech.

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski listens at left as Trump speaks in Florida.

Trump's true believers ride the conspiracy train

Even if you ignored the allegations of Donald Trump's predatory behaviour – and his boasting about such behaviour – the Republican candidate's campaign this week has veered into dark and uncharted waters.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's new plan to win

Trump's overall strategy for victory was fairly standard until it was derailed by revelations of his sexually predatory behaviour.