The 2016 election has proven to be one of
the most unexpected and divided elections in recent history. But outside of the United States, there seems
to be less of a divide over the two candidates, and more of a surprise at the overall state
of affairs in the United States. So we reached out around the world to find
out, what exactly do non-Americans think of the 2016 Election? Well, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
are generally seen as controversial, but for a wide majority of the world, Trump is the
center of their focus. Trump’s popularity has been a bit of a shock,
so much so that for many, the frontrunner, Clinton, is at the back
of their minds.   In the UK, Clinton has also been repeatedly
compared to Margaret Thatcher, who was famously and widely disliked but considered a strong
and decisive leader. Similar comparisons have been made in Germany
as well, which currently has a center-right leaning female leader. An election week poll found that 86% of Germans
would sooner vote for Clinton compared to just 4% for Trump. Notably, the potential election of a female
president has not been seen as ‘groundbreaking’ outside of the US, where female leaders have
become ubiquitous. Nonetheless, in more socially progressive
countries like France, Clinton’s appeal stands out, especially in light of Trump. Across the Pacific, those living in Mexico,
are no less willing to hide their disdain, than Trump has been willing to make inflammatory
comments about their country. One Mexican academic compared the fear of
Latinos in the US to the fear of communism in the 1950s, predicting a “brown panic”
brought on by Trump’s rhetoric. As for Clinton, many in Mexico clearly prefer
her to the alternative, with one law student telling the LA Times, “She’s an intelligent
woman and knows Mexico, and it appears that she supports immigration.” But people from other countries, particularly
in the Middle East, don’t seem altogether excited about a Clinton presidency. A report in June by the Washington Post showed
that Egyptians seem less concerned with who becomes president, and expect the result to
be roughly the same for them: negative. Not far away, Iranians similarly seems guarded,
especially in light of the recent nuclear deal. Interestingly, many Israelis have shown support
for Trump, although the common thread of “anyone who supports Israel” seems more important
than the candidates themselves. Trump, as a Republican, is more likely to
unconditionally support Israel, while there are some fears of Clinton continuing the US’s
allied but critical stance, despite her overall support. The biggest difference between the US and
the rest of the world seems to be the level of shock surrounding Trump’s success. One German academic wrote, “Trump’s unstoppable
rise is seen mostly as a symptom of a distinctly American disease. In no other democracy in the world, it is
said, could voters be so openly motivated by greed, show so little concern for less-privileged
fellow citizens and be so politically ignorant.” Nonetheless, while Clinton is the preferred
choice, she is not without criticism by the rest of the world. If you’re a fan of innovative storytelling,
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