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Are many of you taking an active interest in the Trump/Hilary U.S. election?

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MsAmerica Sun 07-Aug-16 20:35:03

There looks to be only one thread about Trump - although there are so many posts in it that it's hopeless to start reading.

If you are interested, is it more because of the oddity of Trump, or the anticipation of the first woman President?

claig Sun 07-Aug-16 20:49:42

Yes, I am interested because of the change that Trump will bring to the entire world

LaurieFairyCake Sun 07-Aug-16 20:53:58

Yes, but only in so far as watching every episode of the Daily Show and Last Week Tonight.

I mean Trumps proper barking at the moon crazy and evil. So it's a horrid fascination really.

MsAmerica Sun 07-Aug-16 20:59:14

Laurie, I'm so envious - my television broke about two weeks ago, but I don't get Stewart and Oliver anyway.

Hassled Sun 07-Aug-16 21:12:37

claig, much as I love you, your ability to jump on any maverick nutter bandwagon is breathtaking. I gather you embrace change - but sometimes no change is better than batshit crazy change.

I'm very interested - I like Hilary, and yes I'd love there to be a female president, but I can also sort of see why so many people don't like her. There's just something in her manner. But then the Clinton-dislikers aren't liking Trump either - I think the turnout this time is going to be breathtakingly low. Interesting BBC piece here.

OneArt Sun 07-Aug-16 21:37:24

Really really hoping Trump doesn't get in.

MsAmerica Sun 07-Aug-16 22:09:34

Hassled, the first time around I couldn't quite articulate what I didn't like about her, and later I came to understand that there was something hectoring about her manner. That's gone now. I think her manner has really changed in the last half-dozen years, as if something about her being Secretary of State, paradoxically, relaxed her.
I disagree about turn-out, though. I think it's going to be very high. It's an extraordinarily clear instance of the two sides indeed being different, and I think the militancy of Trump supporters and the anxiety of Hillary supporters will push them all to vote. Unless Trump takes a nosedive.
Thanks for the article.

RortyCrankle Mon 08-Aug-16 12:57:47

I'm sorry for Americans having such a terrible choice. I personally wouldn't vote for either of them.

I wonder if it would ever be possible for a person to be elected president who was not personally rich nor having to rely on being funded by others who will obviously demand their pound of flesh after the election? I guess it's the nature of the beast but it would be interesting to know if it's the same in other countries with presidents.

cdtaylornats Tue 09-Aug-16 21:01:20

It's like watching a car crash, you feel sorry for everyone involved, it's horrible but you can't look away.

MsAmerica Wed 10-Aug-16 21:47:36

Well, Rorty, on that score, Bernie Sanders astonished people by getting as far as he did. I don't remember Obama's financial situation, but he did really well with small donations from the general public.

RufusTheReindeer Tue 16-Aug-16 15:25:27

I have been paying attention

It does help that i am in holiday in the us at the moment and the news is full of it

I used to watch the American Apprentice and have seen Trump in a few news articles and thought he was ok...funny at times

I couldnt believe it when he started his bid for presidency, but fair enough...

But some of the things he has come out with lately...honestly!! And its not the gaffes as such but saying stuff like if he loses in a particular state it will be down to the other side cheating

And that he will never forgive some states if they dont vote him in shock

He sounds like a fucking child, no idea about democracy (or just assumes that it should be forever in his favour)

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