The Word on Donald Trump
One thing is clear, Donald Trump is a love/hate candidate for the Presidential seat of the United States of America, and while many Americans are attempting to come to terms with this potential leader, many of the world’s leaders are just as worried as anyone might be. From areas already predisposed to Anti-Americanism such as the Middle East, to one of America’s closest neighbors Mexico, many leaders and citizens of those nations are shocked and mystified by this unprecedented election process.
Nigeria has over 70 million Muslims living within its border, and when Donald Trump announced his campaign stance on banning all Muslims from the United States, many of the country’s top leaders took notice. But Nigeria isn’t the only nation with a large Muslim population, in fact there are reportedly 1.6 billion practicing Muslims in throughout the world, making up 22% of the global population. Thus, when Trump decided to potentially “shut out” nearly a quarter of the world, many leaders took offense.
Another very large group of people offended by Trump is the Hispanic population. Specifically, Mexico has been targeted due to its proximity to the United States and a decades long ongoing immigration battle within America, but it doesn’t stop there. The slander and racist comments that Trump has uttered over the months during his campaign has hit home for many Latin American people, including Costa Rica, Columbia, and Brazil to name a few.
Trump has also had a run in with the Chinese, specifically due to his business tactics in the country and in the 1980’s and 90’s he was well known for enlisting Hong Kong for a financial bail out. Since then, Trump’s relationship with China has not improved. Author Gordan Chang : “China is obsessed with Trump, just as Trump is obsessed with China,” he said. “State media takes his candidacy as proof that American democracy is flawed, comparing him to a ‘celebrity potato,’ for instance. Chinese netizens generally denigrate him as well, but in a country where Communist Party leaders are highly scripted, you can be sure they secretly admire someone who speaks his mind.”
But these are only three of the world’s prominent cultures lashing out against Trump and as the globe continues to build momentum on this love/hate relationship, many more countries and leaders are expected to weigh in as the election comes to an end. In fact, many world leaders have begun pondering on the notion that Donald Trump could be a major player in the global politics and have started discussing what that would mean in terms of US relations in international organizations.
On the other side of the coin, Donald Trump is not hated by all, and there are several world leaders that have shown a supportive stance towards this controversial candidate. Matteo Salvini, the Italian anti-immigrant Northern League Leader, was cited posting to his Facebook account, “Go, Donald, Go”. Russia has also been a strong supporter of the Trump camp and Putin has stated publicly that he is a fan, but many are skeptical of the leader’s sincerity and some question whether or not Putin actually supports Trump for his political stances, or because of the mockery that many are seeing this campaign trails as.
Regardless of your stance on Trump, he has in fact secured the Republican Presidential Nomination and we are not done seeing this candidate make waves as he continues to keep his eye towards the end goal as he fights for title of President of the United States of America.