US elections matter to the world. Campaign discussions have attracted international attention as they have focused on immigration policy, international trade agreements, US intervention in the middle east and the feeling that America its losing its economic and political predominance in the world. Initially unlikely GOP nominee, Donald Trump, has been harshly criticized for his populist speeches that lack policy substance, offensive comments against hispanic and middle eastern immigrants, statements praising Putin’s leadership style, and lately, demeaning comments on women. All broke loose Friday night when a tape from 2005 showed Trump lewd, crude, objectifying sexual remarks on women while talking to tv host Billy Bush. This proved to be too much for over 30 republican republican leaders as they withdrew their support in the middle of a media outrage. However, many voters and media hosts will not change their mind regarding their vote for Trump. Pew Research Center of U.S. Politics shows that 92% of Trump supporters will not change their mind no matter what he does or says. What is more, over half of Trump voters express their vote is mainly against Clinton. This makes for a reflection of what Trump’s campaign really represents. Trump’s rise is the result of decades of unresolved political contradictions and a disenfranchisement of the government with the every-day American, a situation very familiar to anyone raised in the developing world. Trump’s campaign is not about choosing the most qualified commander in chief. It is about sticking the middle finger to the current establishment as a way of protest. The emotions driving his campaign are rage and frustration. The idea that Washington is so broken and corrupt that it needs a total outsider to be fixed, no matter who the outsider is, drives the hard vote for Trump. Leaders that focus their campaigns in showmanship and improvisation rather than policy and institutions have proved to be disastrous around all south America. Is America’s political system great enough as to balance out the choosing of a bad president? Would a Trump victory fix or deepen the internal negative perception of the government? How will international leaders react to a President Trump? Read more

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