What do Europeans think of Trump

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What do Europeans think of Donald Trump?
Do they or would they like to see Donald Trump as the next US President?

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Based on the current 49 answers (including 7 collapsed):

  • He’s good: 1
  • He sucks/he’s a joke: 46
  • It’s not my problem/I don’t know: 2

Based on this poll, Europeans wouldn’t like to see Donald Trump as president.

(feel free to update after adding an answer)

43 Answers

Ferdinand Brueggemann

Ferdinand Brueggemann, Art Historian, working in the art market, dealing especially with Japanese art.

29.8k ViewsUpvoted by Lorenzo Peroni, Native EuropeanMarc Bodnick, Fmr Stanford PhD student, Political Science

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GERMANY

Germans don’t think that a country should be run by a political amateur and anti-intellectual, ignorant buffoon. In general he reminds Germans/Europeans of Silvio Berlusconi, who is an uber-rich populist too and who ran Italy almost into the ground.

Also no one thinks that being filthy rich qualifies anybody for a higher position in politics. In contrary people more or less suspect that a super rich won’t care for the common man at all.

BTW, all democratic German chancellors are from the working/middle class. Here the last five:

  • Willy Brandt: raised by his single mother, a cashier at a department store
  • Helmut Schmidt: son of teachers
  • Helmut Kohl: son of a civil servant
  • Gerhard Schröder: raised by his single mother,  a agricultural worker (and forced to live on social welfare)
  • Angela Merkel: daughter of a protestant pastor in socialist East Germany

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Slightly off topic:
And my favorite vice chancellor and foreign minister: Joschka Fischer.

Son of a butcher, high school drop out (no other formal education). As a member  of a left-wing group involved in street battles with police. Later member of the Green Party. Caused a stir when he attended his swearing-in ceremony as parliamentarian in sneakers. 🙂
Later Fischer famously confronted United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the secretary’s purported evidence for Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction (“Excuse me, I am not convinced”). I am not convinced, Fischer tells Rumsfeld.

Of course Fischer was attacked by the opposition for his biography, but nevertheless he was respected as a statesman.

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Italy

That he is a populist with few, dangerous ideas, and who would probably be a very bad president.
In Europe, he is sometimes compared to George W. Bush – another guy who did not collect many likes in the Old Continent.
(Interestingly, however, Chomsky actually claims (if I recall well) that other presidents with a stronger appeal like Clinton and Obama are/were not any better than W.)

In Europe, many people think Trump and the Bush are the expression of less civilized, god-fearing Americans, hiding with their guns in farms and churches somewhere between the two coasts.
Note, however, that when it comes to voting weirdos Europeans have a good track record: my connationals voted Berlusconi quite a few times, and in other European Countries many joke-candidates won double-digit percentages: Farage in the UK, Le Pen (father and daughter) in France, Orban in Hungary, the Kaczynski twins in Poland, Haider in Austria, Wilders in Holland… and so on and so forth.
So: don’t think these weed only grow in the US!

Scott Borg

Scott Borg, cyber-security expert, economist, cultural theorist

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My European friends have been telling me how appalled they are that Donald Trump has SO MUCH support in America!  This suggests that Europeans do not have a realistic idea of how much support the man actually has.

The polls indicate that Donald Trump is supported by less than 30% of Republican Party members, which, in turn, constitute less than 30% of American voters.  In other words, this “enormous popularity” of Donald Trump in America is due to less than 9% of American voters.

The other 91% of American voters include large numbers of people whose opinion of Donald Trump is no different than that of most Europeans.

Consequently, I don’t think my European friends should get too worried about Donald Trump just yet.

Nor should they get too self-congratulatory about how stereotypically American this buffoon seems to be.

I am partly European educated, lived there for most of the 1980’s, have children with EU passports, have spent extended periods in Germany, the UK, France, and Italy, have traveled extensively in most other European countries, and deal constantly with European corporations and governments in my professional life.

Nowhere have I found a European population without its share of ignorant fools.  Like America, every European country always has at least 9% who are eager to back any blowhard who seems to be giving voice to their anger and frustrations.

Yes, changing political moods can sometimes make that number temporarily much higher  — occasionally, even high enough to win an national election  —  but I don’t think we are at that point just now in either Europe or America.

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Belgium

We’d be absolutely horrified if Trump ever got elected. He’s considered a joke candidate but me and many of my friends are getting a bit nervous because when your other frontrunners are Fiorina and Carson, woooh boy.

But to be honest, most Europeans won’t react to friendly to anyone who speaks about putting up a wall between separate countries unless they’re supporting fringe politicians. It’s a historical thing. We tend to believe more in cooperation with our neighbors (even though in recent times, the refugee crisis has made this a bit more difficult).

In Belgium we also don’t elect presidents, so we vote for party policies instead of individuals. This makes for a climate where showmanship isn’t appreciated all that much because it takes away from the real talking points. A big mouth or saying something racist or inconsiderate will get an immediate backlash and while I voted moderate right/Pro-flemish (fellow Belgians will know what I mean) on the regional level, I voted differently on the national level for that exact reason.

Belgium is also a very liberal country, with a very advanced stance on euthanasia and abortion, one of the best educations systems, a LOT of freedom for worker unions (try driving through Belgium when the railways are on strike, again), great healthcare coverage & public transport and a fundamental belief in science and secularism as the way to go. Even our racist party, which is unelectable here, doesn’t question a lot of these fundamentals.

The others here give different reasons that apply to us as well. Him being filthy rich and entitled, the fact that he speaks like a toddler with too many superlatives, his lack of any real political experience, etc.

So yes, to us Trump would be a nightmare. As would most of the GOP be. The only one I haven’t heard make a fool of himself is Rubio and I haven’t been watching that closely. But then again, I think it’s safe to say that a good deal of Europeans haven’t wanted to see any republican in the white house since the Bush-Gore elections.

Atli Geir Lárusson

Atli Geir Lárusson, European

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Icelandic viewpoint:
compered to american Republicans,Most Icelanders are very much democratic so a democrat candidate would be preferred in most circumstances. But Trump takes it to an entirely new level and i think most people here would prefer ANY other possible candidate.He has made plenty of racist,ant-intellectual rhetoric and is viewed as a joke to be ignored.If he becomes president though,He can’t be ignored,because he would be one of the most powerful men on earth,and in the current political climate,we don’t need an egotistic hothead like him with a an access to nukes. Icelanders have voted for a joke candidate before(Jón Gnarr) and while i believe his term was mostly positive,It’s not something we would do again(and he was just a mayor). If Trump becomes president,then America has become a lot less reliable as an ally.
when it comes to local politics, Americans should vote for any candidate they want,regardless of how crazy he seems. But the President of the US is someone that can not be a joke and needs to have a good head on his or her shoulders,For the sake of the world that needs to deal with america in one way or another.

Aljaž Krivec

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Slovenia

Since he is married with Melanija Knavs, our media often adresses him as a “slovenian son-in-law”. A question whether someone born in Slovenia, can actually become a first lady of the US is in the air all the time. But this a part of the “yellow press” and “fun news” (or sth like that).

Political press is really unfavourable towards him and his politics, the same goes for the folks and politicians from the whole specter (left to right). He is often presented and understood mainly as a sexist and a showmaker. The only thing that interests most of the people, when following his campaign, is schadenfreude feeling, really.

No one here really believes that he could be a good politician, since we have/had few of our own examples of succesful businessmen, that really sucked/suck at being politicians. There is a feeling that they think that a country is just a big company and nothing else. He is admired for running quite a successful campaign though.

Other than that, his proposals aren’t really well known here anymore (at the beginning they were, but later on – not so much, since everybody got a “taste of them” already), he is not interesting from that point of view anymore. It seems that most of the people here support Bernie Sanders, who is considered somewhat a mild leftist or even a centrist.

To conclude: we don’t know his political campaign that much, but no one sees him as a good candidate. It may seem unfair, but on the other hand we’re quite obsessed with politics and we developed a certain feeling about that (which, in the end, doesn’t stop us from voting for bad politicians again and again) ^^

Guillaume Bazan

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FRANCE

Donald Trump is a living stereotype (and a pretty bad one) that embodies every negative thing French people could ever think about Americans, that is:

  • Lack of taste and rude: French people don’t like lack of respect and it takes a lot of time to get to know them. Donald Trump is the kind of guy that taps on your shoulder calling you buddy, speaking his own mother tongue regardless of the person he is addressing. His comments about Jeb Bush speaking Spanish clearly point in that direction as well.
  • Money-centered  and self-centered mentality: French people  are very humble about the money they make. Donald Trump cannot make a sentence without mentioning his net worth or his business track record, we view this as vanity and superficiality.
  • Uncultured, racist and sexist: Donald Trump would be paying huge fines and would sit in court everyday if he was making the same comments in France.

For us it’s quite disturbing to think that this guy is the Republican front-runner… and that the second choice is Ben Carson, but that’s another story.

KG Tan

KG Tan, PhD Student

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AUSTRALIA

Trump is the equivalent of Tony Abbott (a recently-fired prime minister of Australia) to me and my circle of friends, so we view him as a joke. In fact, we actually think Trump is worse than Abbott, which is saying something. These men aren’t afraid to use fear campaigns relentlessly, making outrageous claims, all of which are half-truths and sometimes outright lies, knowing that fear will make voters believe anything.

This is what scares us. Donald Trump may be a joke, but his fear campaigns may actually work. Tony Abbott’s did.

Franklin Veaux

Franklin Veaux, Small business owner, sexuality educator, writer

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I’m currently on a book tour in Europe. My partner and I have been speaking in several cities in Britain, Scotland, and Belgium so far, and will soon be in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and France.

In most of the places we’ve been, there has been talk about Donald Trump.

Almost everyone we’ve talked to consider Trump a complete buffoon. He is widely ridiculed and laughed at in Europe. Nobody we’ve spoken to takes him seriously at all. He’s the lead clown of a very undignified gong show, and conversation about him invariably includes eye-rolling and laughter.

So far, not only have we not met one single person who likes him, we have not yet met a single person who takes him seriously at all. The general consensus seems to be he’s somewhere between “muppet” and “assclown.”

It will be interesting to see if that opinion continues to prevail as the tour progresses.

Leon Markham

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My daughter (who, like me, is English and lives in the USA) finds it both odd and hilarious that people don’t know that his name means “fart” in England.

She is also very annoyed that he was rude to a woman about her physical features and considers that to be unacceptable.

She is seven and currently unable to vote.

Martijn Vos

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Berlusconi, and then some.

Silvio Berlusconi is also a corporate mogul, and long-time prime minister of Italy. He also has a tendency to say and do outrageous things, though arguably not as extreme as Trump. He loves his sex parties (with sometimes not-quite-legal age girls present, who of course weren’t involved in any sex), and has been investigated for corruption a couple of times (and kept changing the law to give himself legal immunity or otherwise keep himself out of reach).

He’s not quite the same as Trump, but most of Europe saw Italian politics as a circus under Berlusconi, and they’ll definitely see the US as a circus under Trump. Though arguably both countries’ politics are kind of a circus even without those clowns, which is probably why they’re able to elect such clowns in the first place.

Diogo Silva

Diogo Silva, Citizen of Europe.

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Trump comes off as the embodiment of every single negative stereotype about Americans. Loud, rude, arrogant, ignorant, obsessed with wealth and fame above anything else, racist, self-centered, classless, unintelligent, no empathy whatsoever…

I’m not making a statement against Americans, understand. I’m not saying these ideas are true. From my personal experience most of the Americans I’ve met were intelligent, charming, wonderful people.
I’m just pointing out that these are stereotypes that exist, and from everything we hear and see on tv and social media, Donald Trump is these stereotypes incarnate.

So to respond to your second question, no, not only we would not like to see him as the next US president, we actually find the possibility of giving the most powerful seat in the world to a man like that to be nothing short of terrifying.

Bruce Bracken

Bruce Bracken, Fiercely European

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I can never quite understand how such people manage to get so far in various countries’ electoral races… Trump, Palin and Dubbya in the USA, Berlusconi in Italy, Farage in the UK, other more sinister ones such as Le Pen in France.

These are people with no real policies who simply say “everybody else has failed you, trust me”.  They are often racist, homophobic and would like to bring their country back to the good times (i.e. when you could hit your wife in the privacy of your own home, bugger young children entrusted to you at school/church, discriminate against racial minorities after having got free work out of them, etc.)

Somehow, these clever, rich buffoons manage to amass a large group of malcontent followers and hangers-on and sometimes they do get elected.

Unfortunately, until politics becomes about what is good for the country and its citizens, rather than what is good for the political party and its wealthy donors, scepticism will take hold and make some people believe that these people can make a positive difference.

So, about Mr. Fart (sorry, “Mr. Trump”, of course): he fits right in with the other clowns, but since he is seeking election to the presidency of the world’s most powerful nation, he is a real danger to all our ways of life and not so funny after all.

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I’m British, and I support Diogo Silva’s notion that Donald Trump is the living embodiment of all the worst stereotypes Europe has about Americans.

I’m not worried about his domestic policies because 1) I’m not American, and  2) the American political system had enough decentralisation and checks & balances to keep any president from going too crazy.

But the US President has a lot of influence over foreign affairs and commands the world’s most powerful military force. Trump shows no indication that he’s ready for that kind of responsibility, and seems to lack even the most basic understanding of diplomacy. If he became president, he would start unnecessary wars!

But that’s not going to happen because Trump’s a joke. Trump is British slang for fart, and he has stupid hair!

Update

Here’s a video of some Irish people talking about Mr Trump

John Bøgelund Unger

John Bøgelund Unger, Physicist/Engineer -ret. Amateur astronomer, Wildlife Rehab, Gentleman Farmer

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They are laughing so hard in Denmark They haven’t been able to catch their breath to say something. He is being skewered in the press though.
On a serious note, no one in the republican field is view with any level favorability. Sanders, though not well known, has a certain amount of popularity but Clinton is the outright favorite at this time.

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Germany
Interesting question. I have been following his campaign a bit, mainly for entertainment purposes – and entertaining he is! Obviously, a good entertainer doesn’t make a good president. The other answers pretty much summed it up. Some of his statements are so outright crazy that I cannot fathom how one can possibly take him seriously as a statesman. Some of his classics:

  • Climate change is a hoax made up by the Chinese so they can take away American jobs
  • Steal Iraqi oil  to make them pay for their “liberation”
  • Build a wall at the border to Mexico and make Mexico pay for it

He seems to take pride in being anti-science, anti-fact based and anti-compromise and there is no reason to believe that he actually cares about anything other than his fame and fortune (least of all the poor and disadvantaged in society). He is charismatic, entertaining, witty and aggressive which makes him appeal to a significant minority. Surely he has hit a nerve by positioning himself as the “outsider who openly speaks his mind”, but a statesman needs the ability to hit the right tone and in this regard he has repeatedly failed in grotesque and unwillingly comic ways.

He has reasonable chances of becoming the republican nominee, which is terrifying enough, but I still trust in the sane majority of Americans who in such a case will elect Hillary Clinton in a landslide victory. A presidency of Donald Trump would be disastrous for mankind.

Uri Granta

Uri Granta, European

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Another UK viewpoint.

The following article by the UK-based Economist carries across the exasperation and concern that some Brits feel about the Trump phenomenon:Trump’s America.

Some people have compared Trump to Jeremy Corbyn, the leftist outsider candidate who recently became Labour leader. However, even though I have reservations about Corbyn, I certainly wouldn’t equate him with Trump.

  • Trump has wildly inconsistent, opportunistic viewpoints; Corbyn has (so far) been reasonably principled, even if the views he holds are to the left of most voters.
  • Trump is a vain buffoon, a Boris Johnson but with less charisma; Corbyn is softly spoken and obviously cares more about his work than himself.
  • Trump would never admit being wrong or ignorant; Corbyn says “I don’t know” or “I’ll have to look into that” in interviews.
  • Trump has no political experience whatsoever but is used to being the boss; Corbyn has political experience but only as a (rebellious) backbencher.

The one similarity between the two is that, yes, both their successes are due to disillusionment with the status quo. However, Corbyn actually stands for something. Trump only stands for himself.

In many ways, Corbyn is therefore the Sanders candidate. Trump, meanwhile, is Silvio Berlusconi: see for example Quiz: Name That Narcissist.

Timofei Gerber

Timofei Gerber, BA in Philosophy, Cinema Studies and German Literature

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For the people I know he just fulfills the ‘entertainment’ part that – for whatever reason – accompanies each presidential election of the US. There’s the general hope and expectation that US-citizens are still in their right minds and will not even consider him a realistic canditate. Every country has its populistic buffoon (Zhirinovski, Blocher, Le Pen, Berlusconi) and unfortunately many of them become powerful, but most of them are not in control of nuclear missiles or leaders of a country that might potentially fuck up the whole world.

Or, in other words: he’s a joke, please don’t vote for him.

Nessa Fitzgerald

Nessa Fitzgerald, Irish citizen

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Ireland

We think that he is a moron who, if elected, will run the US into the ground due to his general lack of regard for people. People with lots of money don’t make good politicians. Donald Trump has no idea how most Americans live, and is completely incapable of relating to them.

For what Europeans think of Donald Trump, I suggest you watch the documentary, ‘You’ve Been Trumped,’ which details Trump’s attempts at building a golf course in Scotland. He bribed officials to allow him to build a golf course by the sea which would destroy the delicate sand dune system and thus devastate local wild life. He started building his golf course, attempted to forcibly remove people from their homes by claiming they were on his land, and only stopped after work began on a wind farm that would be visible from his golf course. He may be gone, but the sand dunes he destroyed while working on his golf course are irreparably damaged. He tried a similar thing in the Burren area of Co. Clare in Ireland, but there was no way he’d ever be able to bribe enough to make up for the loss of the money made in the area through tourism, so they were having none of it.

He’s a racist, ignorant bigot who, if elected, will cause untold damage not just in the US, but across the world. Also, just an FYI, his Let’s Make America Great Again slogan is shockingly similar to the one used by the Nazi party before the second World War. The more you know.

In short, if Trump is elected, RIP America.

Hendrik Eijsberg

Hendrik Eijsberg, Chemist, Pro-European Frenchman

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France.

The guy is a joke, we hardly talk about him in the French news except a few times to point out how silly he is.

It’s actually hard to tell (Poe’s law in action) whether he’s a real Republican simply sharing some their more stupid outlooks or he’s actually a troll playing a long with their silly antics. I suspect he’s like Ann Coulter, he knows what the mass of dumb people want to hear and he says it. I doubt he’s a Sarah Palin “I’m stupid”-tier.

I completely agree with the idea that he is like Berlusconi. He thinks (and other encourage him) that his business acumen and outrageous trash talk make him qualified for the job. Nothing could be further than the truth. I wonder, however, if he’s not really just trolling the republicans to point out their ideological shortcomings and/or not just doing it for the publicity stunt.

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This answer does NOT reflect the Portuguese opinion.

Curiously, I have found that most Portuguese don’t know / don’t give a damn about what Donald Trump is or represents.

There is a slight aprehension in the air, though.

The climate here is of mild suspicion that Americans may push it too far with this folklore.

Or, in other words, that Americans are not too responsible when choosing leaders, going a whole lot more by the power of the media than by their own judgement. And they may be right.

The power of the media in the USA is enormous. Rich or rich-backed candidates have an enormous lead, which is caused by the continuous echoing of simplistic clichés by their affiliated media.
All the hillbillies and modest workers buy this noise – because it is “easy”. Easy on their mind, easy on their basic “americanism” – you know, “we” are the good people, all the rest – well, you can add the expletives here.

It is with bull s__t like this that the neo-nazi and “nationalist”, xenophobous parties in Europe also collect lots of votes. Mind-lazy people are a dangerous lot, everywhere.  The more simplistic an approach is (e.g. “us vs. them” stuff)  is, then the stronger the appeal.

As of lately, Republican partisans and leaders have been threading on this path more and more. Donald Trump is only the noisiest.

But you know what?… From military people to ordinary people to business managers, most (if not all) Americans that I ever met and worked with (most of my long life), really do transmit a much, much better opinion of the Americans in general. Polite, considering and even when advocating radically right-wing positions, much less rude and insesnsitive than you would think.

Because of my personal experience, then, I am prone to consider Americans a lot more intelligent and democratic than the Trumps of this World would like them to be.

Let the intellect rule (please).

Peter Hawkins

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UK answer:

He is universally thought of as either an idiot or a really, really effective troll. This is true regardless of where you fall on the UK political spectrum. Nevertheless, we think that the current car crash is somewhat watchable and would be damn funny if the stakes weren’t so high. I’ll read Trump stories, even though I wouldn’t normally follow an American primary.

I have not met a single British person who wants him to be President for anything other than “because it would be funny” joke reasons. Fortunately for the rest of us, there’s no chance he will be President.

Nikolaus Exeli

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Really the next logical step after W and the tea party, but one to be truly afraid of.

Donald trump has – to the best of my knowledge – publicly referred to his several bankruptcies as something along the lines of “good business practice”. Well, you can’t get that sort of deal for a country, certainly not for one the size of the US. And if the US fails, Europe is in trouble.

The relationship between the USA and the EU is a bit difficult. We depend to some extent on the US being a strong global player, but at the same time that player tries to nobble us every now and again.

All in all, if we’re going to have a bull in a china shop, we’d prefer it to be one that can be reasoned with.

Beyash Jaya

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Germany.

Donald Trump public appearances tell us more about parts of the US population than about Donald Trump himself. Trump says what he thinks the majority of the population wants to hear. Apparently he is not going completely wrong. My conclusion is that the democratic maturity and democratic understanding of parts of the US population is underdeveloped and in a disastrous condition.

Not surprisingly, I am against Donald Trump as president. But one should be aware that the other candidates of the Republicans are not that different. Their positions and their appearance resemble more an extremist movement than a democratic political party. What differs is that he is a comic relief, but what matters is that he is not different from the mainstream, which I think is more important.

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He’s… problematic. If you ask me, then my personal analysis of Donald Trump, is that he’s an insensitive, greedy, arrogant and self-absorbed dick who capitalizes on the undereducated, rural American population’s fear of the unknown and attempts to use Mexian immigrants as a scapegoat to blame every problem in the country on. He doesn’t seem to have anything worthwile to contribute to the political debate. He’s good at pointing out problems, (not really, though, because he simply says: “something’s wrong here), but nto quite adept at coming up with solutions. All he’s promised until now is the rather vague statement of “I want to make America great again”

I think that he’s a bigger joke than DeezNuts and I consider the fact that those two can get any votes at all to be a tragedy and quite revealing about the American population’s relations to the world around them. It’s sad that so many are so ignorant that people like Donald Trump seem to be the correct choice.

Christian Stancu

Christian Stancu, Europe is my homeland

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I don’t know the man, except that he’s egocentric,  greedy and says outrageous things on t.v. but is the system that doesn’t fit to the present time. Is simply not good, I wish we had a better one, some sort of direct democracy or, if not, some sort of contract that you need to sign up and have consequences if you don’t do what you promised. But the way things are right now, one like Trump can get popular using a reality tv show style, trying to shock. He doesn’t seem to know much about politics, he doesn’t have realistic ideas of how to improve people’s life and he is a hypocrite for criticizing businesses for shipping jobs to China while he does exactly the same thing. He hires illegal immigrants from Mexico and then is angry with them for coming to the States illegally. “Thank you for the show”, but “No, thank you” for the “revolution”.

Neil Highnam

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A revolting character. Self-absorbed, ignorant (but not stupid), a man who believes that money can buy anything, ready to crush whatever gets in the way of his $$$ bulldozer.

His constant criticism of Obama and the trolling regarding the president’s place of birth is old hat and a way of distracting people from his lack of credentials.

This is what he should be doing:

Please, do not let this man run your country!

Lyonel Perabo

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I’d think that a few Right-Wing and Conservatives like his stance on immigration.

Otherwise, no-one takes him seriously. If the GOP nominates this clown to run, the Democrats are guaranteed to win, regardless of who stands against Trumpie.

Jim Allen

Jim Allen, Mostly normal…

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He’s a vain, deluded, bigoted idiot, who ought to have no place in politics.

Our current politicians are bad enough, but Trump is an example of someone who totally believes his own hype.

If he were elected, he would almost certainly come out with a modern American equivalent of “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”.

The Scots have already been exposed to the real Trump with his golf course in Aberdeen, and he hasn’t made many friends even when he is supposed to be  building the local economy.

John Grantham

John Grantham, political junkie

1.7k ViewsUpvoted by Joachim Pense, Citizen of the EU.

Speaking for Germans, I can say that I can’t think of anyone currently running who they want less. The disgust about him in the German media is intense.

Leigh Ratiner

Leigh Ratiner, Lifetime as DC lawyer, lobbyist and diplomat.

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All self respecting, dignified, educated people would hold the same negative views. Why distinguish Europeans? The man is an asshole no matter what cultural standards you apply to him.  I’ve traveled to 83 countries on all continents (including Antarctica) and I am certain his type is universally despised.

Johnny Brown

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At first  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
The campaign by Will Ferrell was the first thing I though of when I watched him make some of his more infamous comments. No I don’t want to see him as President. He is very simple-minded and seems like he is stuck at the developmental level of a 11 year old.I think Trump saw this movie and then decided to run for president.

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No no no I am not falling for that scam!! Donald Trump a candidate. Good one.

He is a comedian paid well to play a candidate on tv as comedy surely no sane person would ever have him doing anything for real

What do you take me for! A fool. Next you will be telling me that his hair do is real and not a wig made for show. Like I would fall for that one.

Guy Caulfield-Kerney

Guy Caulfield-Kerney, you just keep poking that wasps nest with that stick, go on, see what happens

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I think that he is a marionette.  A fall guy being used to get Hilary elected, as I don’t think america is fully prepared yet to have a female president, it has been set up in a way that she’ll be the only realistic choice.

Because, who in their right minds would really think that Trump is a good choice for america?
I mean really?

In european politics, the far right gets popular every election these days, right up until the ordinary right wing absorbs their vote.

It scares the crap out of everyone when the national front gets suddenly popular, before a general election.

Examples being Le Pen, in france and that buffoon in england Nigel Farage, who did more harm to the british voting public than he knew.

Up until now, these people generate a huge interest, and then get thouroughly trumped at the election night.

I hope for america that it isn’t trump who does the trumping.  Did you see what I did there?

Kurt Scholz

Kurt ScholzRequest Bio

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Donald Trump has a personal style to conduct business. He did conduct business before, so it will be possible.
Every politician is a mixture of truth and acting. I have too little information to make an informed judgement about Donald Trump in that regard, nor do I know for which team he is the frontrunner. He might be the best president ever or the worst, depending on his staff.
The outer style that has been honed in public appearance is not much informative about Trump and his business, but about perceptions and wishes of the society he lives in and grabs their attention.

Jonah Kyle

Jonah KyleRequest Bio

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I think the real answer is in how we all view our OWN political and sociological (or societal) views. In general, there are two prevailing views: capitalist, laissez faire, libertarian views, and socialist, centralized, highly regulated views. If Trump fits the view that is antagonistic to your own views, then your perception of Trump will be to concentrate on all his negatives. Unfortunately, hypocracy becomes paramount because of our biases.

Most people would consider Donald Trump to fit the first view, which in the United States would be considered Republican, and to a larger degree, conservative. This viewpoint is vitriolic to nearly half of the population of the United States. In this case, they will look at reasons that Trump is an evil person, or at the very least incompetent, to handle affairs. On the other hand, people would look more favorably at a person like Warren Buffet, whose own views are Democratic socialist, like that of most European socialists like Hollande, Corbyn, or (comparative to the US) Merkel.

Buffet is actually worth more money, and he made his money in much the same way Trump made his money. He bought and sold companies, sometimes liquidating them for non-performance, and did other things that were identical to what Trump would have done. But because he aligns himself as a socialist, and supports causes that are socialist, then he would be considered no different than Trump.

Now Buffet is NOT running for president. Yet, he openly espouses the socialist principles that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders promotes, so if he were, Europeans would look at him far more favorably.

So the key here is pertinence and context. Hate Trump because his ideas would be anathemic to your own ideas, but for every reason Trump has to disqualify him, I can name the same number that the candidate for the other side would have.

Zeghay Enquay

Zeghay Enquay, Erispora’s finest son

384 Views

If you were to ask me what it is that I don’t understand most about America, my answer would be the glaring example of considering Trump for the postition of POTUS. Much as I like it,  I don’t understand America.

Garry Taylor

Garry TaylorRequest Bio

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I suppose he’s seen as a joke candidate, I’m not sure how many people think he’s actually going to be the Republican candidate, let alone win the election.

I think he’s not taken seriously, if he was to become the Republican candidate, then maybe people might sit up and start paying attention. Until then, though, I’m not sure if people give him much thought as it’s assumed he won’t be the Republican candidate and will fade away after that.

Having said that, Sarah Palin was a joke candidate too, and she got further than I thought she would.

Süleyman Alan

Süleyman Alan, Turkish guy

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In Turkey we are conspiracy freaks who talk too much with too little information, and we believe that Trump was planted in the elections to disturb other processes.

Of course, like everything else, we’re divided in this issue as well:

  • One camp thinks that Trump is a Republican agent and he was planted by Jeb Bush, the likely candidate; so that he steals screentime, news columns, or otherwise exposure from the serious candidates, who may actually harm Bush’s campaign.
  • One camp thinks that Trump is a Democratic agent and he was planted by Clinton; so that he can drag the republican race as much as possible since a lengthy nomination process would lead to losing the election.

We don’t talk about him in the context of how good/bad a US president he would make. Noone believes that, and noone takes him seriously. Well, at least not those who follow the US news.

Sweden

He is, like so many pointed out a living, negative stereotype. he isn’t getting much attention for his run for president, but his fight with Vattenfall about wind turbines outside his Scottish golf course. One news paper even went there and interviewed people who suffered his stupidity…

He is such an ignorant racist moron that I can’t believe he has any support to be in charge of one of the most powerful nations in the world. Scary. To me looks like the USA has the brightest minds in the world but also a thick and wide layer of reckless ignorant and illiterate people.

He would make a great pair with George W Bush for “dumb and dumber 3”

Mark Hall

Mark Hall, BA Honours in History (including American Politics from 1914-)

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America has picked some “unusual” leaders in it’s history. The fact that Trump is where he is at the moment proves that anyone (given sufficient resources) can stand for President. If he wins however, I genuinely believe it  will either: A- Show that the American voting system is broken and needs repairing, or B- That the checks amd balances built in to the system (which have sadly prevented a lot of things happening over the last 10-15 years) may actually be a force for good.

1 comment to What do Europeans think of Trump

  • perachtis

    With over a year still to go before the 2016 General Election, it’s probably reasonable to ignore the possibility of seeing either Trump or Carson as the Republican Presidential Candidate. The most likely candidate at this juncture is Rubio. Remember you read about it here: Oct. 23, 2015

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