Norwegian here. Amazed by the arguments of some of his voters. Their main argument for voting for him always seems to be; "He isn't censored, we need a president that has the guts to say what he means". NO, No you don't. You need a president that fixes many of the insanely complex political problems in your country, and that isn't done with trash-talking.
All the way from Africa here and frankly it is true the politics of America affects the entire globe but America is not run by a single guy. Sometimes I think the US president is more of a figure (think the queen of England) & a face to rally/blame/love/hate. So, I don't think it matters who wins the election because in the end the US system will keep performing the same as the last X years.
If you haven't heard about his Golf course in Scotland, please look it up. He bullied the locals, the council and the Scottish Government over it. He destroyed s site of Special Scientific interest and left locals without water for years.
He's a bully and a Sociopath who refuses to listen to the concerns of the people affected by his actions and will destroy anyone and anything in his way...and there are people willing to vote for him to be the leader of the most powerful and influential country on earth. That terrifies the crap out of me. God knows what that man will do with all that power.
I think Britain used to see him as a prat, or a joke that went too far. Now we've realized it's not a joke. Cue slight panic, hope that there are enough sensible Americans left to get him out of the way.
But seriously, though, he cites Katie Hopkins and the Daily Mail as reliable sources; his Twitter feed is utter trash; his name means fart; his words have been condemned by Nigel Farage, for God's sake.
Trump says things that are rude and offensive to some people. He is not above verbally attacking people for their appearance or saying things like "She's stupid," or "He's an idiot" on national TV. He claims he can "Make America great again," but he doesn't reveal any sort of plan to do so, other than to say he is going to "make great deals." (He is a very successful businessman.) He has ten billion dollars, so he can finance his own political campaign and doesn't need wealthy contributors to give him any money, which means he will not owe anybody any political favors. He appeals to the frustrated, irritated populists in the American population who are extremely frustrated with "politics as usual." He has taken a page from President Obama's game book--"make vague promises of future improvement with no plan to be criticized." "I'm going to make America great again." "We're going to make such great deals." "China is robbing us blind, because they devalued their currency. I'm going to stop China from taking advantage of us." "Everybody around the world is cheating the U.S. When I'm president, all that is going to immediately stop." He says he loves the military, but he did not serve in the armed forces at all. He says dumb things, like, "I love the military, I love our service members. I always felt I was in the military myself." He's so rich he is used to saying and doing anything he pleases and not having any consequences whatsoever for his actions. If he makes a mistake, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars, and thousands of people lose their jobs, it doesn't affect him personally. He has billions. A loss of a few million means nothing to Donald Trump.
Irish here: I think Trump is intentionally destroying the republican nomination to help Hillary get elected. He has stated that the money in politics is not good (even though he has donated for favor) and I think he's trying to influence the election using his celebrity status and not his money.
Do you remember back when Jon Stewart and many others were making fun of a certain crack smoking, Canadian politician named Rob Ford? Well, that's pretty much how I feel about Mr. Trump. A bit of a side show and a farce, but he has a lot of people's ears for some reason.
It's always very sad to see a democracy flirt with populism. For the country itself, and its role in the world. America's moral standing is barely beginning to heal after the Bush presidency, and a Trump candidacy (let alone a Trump presidency) would do irreparable damage to America's standing. Even if he ended up ditching all his crazy plans, he would not be able to backtrack from his statements during the campaign, which deny him any credibility on the international stage.
He seems to embody all the worst stereotypes Europeans have about Americans: brash, loud, gung-ho, ignorant, and plutocratic.
As an Italian, I also can't help but see the parallels between Trump and Berlusconi at comparable stages in their careers: both "successful businessmen" (with a few run-ins with the creditors and the law), brash, tacky, convinced they can do a better job than the political elite because of their business experience, fond of younger women, and in love with their own image. Both treated as buffoons by the political establishment, only to be unexpectedly popular with the electorate.
Although Berlusconi was comparatively more powerful than Trump is right now (think Trump's wealth and image, plus Murdoch's news empire, plus Clinton's political connections), you should still think of Italy as a cautionary tale. Take him seriously, he is dangerous. Reputations take decades to build but moments to ruin.
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