Just one more day to find out if it’s a Trump presidency

EDITORIAL

The result of one of the most controversial and divisive US presidential elections ever should be known tomorrow night and many people the world over are waiting anxiously for the result.

Latest available polls show the election to be extremely close, although former First Lady and 2009-2013 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has an edge.

No presidential candidate in US history has been anything like Donald Trump. Although he was already a household name in America through television reality programmes, he rose from virtually nowhere politically to take the Republican nomination from establishment candidate Jeb Bush and right-wingers like Ted Cruz.

In the process he seemed to offend everybody who is not part of his core support base — not only among his own party but whole national groups like Mexicans who he wants to pay for a wall stopping them entering the United States. Many things he has said or insinuated on the campaign trail are untrue.

But it would be wrong to underestimate Trump, even though he may seem hard to fathom.

The property mogul and former Apprentice host has mined a deep mood of disillusionment throughout America in a way similar to what Bernie Sanders did in the Democratic primaries. Both successfully exploited a feeling that the whole system is rotten to the core.

Not only that, Trump is backed by true believers who are desperate for the wholesale changes he promises to “Make America Great Again”, and either don’t care or are not put off by his infamous taped comments about groping women. They feel a biased liberal media does not give him a fair deal.

Although Clinton has enjoyed a late boost with the FBI announcement that newly-discovered emails do not merit further investigation, she is mistrusted by a wide swathe of the American public. In fact, she is only viewed slightly less negatively than Trump — they are the two least-popular major party candidates ever for the presidency and Clinton’s greatest appeal may just be that she is not Trump.

The result of one of the most controversial and divisive US presidential elections ever should be known tomorrow night and many people the world over are waiting anxiously for the result.

Latest available polls show the election to be extremely close, although former First Lady and 2009-2013 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has an edge.

No presidential candidate in US history has been anything like Donald Trump. Although he was already a household name in America through television reality programmes, he rose from virtually nowhere politically to take the Republican nomination from establishment candidate Jeb Bush and right-wingers like Ted Cruz.

In the process he seemed to offend everybody who is not part of his core support base — not only among his own party but whole national groups like Mexicans who he wants to pay for a wall stopping them entering the United States. Many things he has said or insinuated on the campaign trail are untrue.

But it would be wrong to underestimate Trump, even though he may seem hard to fathom.

The property mogul and former Apprentice host has mined a deep mood of disillusionment throughout America in a way similar to what Bernie Sanders did in the Democratic primaries. Both successfully exploited a feeling that the whole system is rotten to the core.

Not only that, Trump is backed by true believers who are desperate for the wholesale changes he promises to “Make America Great Again”, and either don’t care or are not put off by his infamous taped comments about groping women. They feel a biased liberal media does not give him a fair deal.

Although Clinton has enjoyed a late boost with the FBI announcement that newly-discovered emails do not merit further investigation, she is mistrusted by a wide swathe of the American public. In fact, she is only viewed slightly less negatively than Trump — they are the two least-popular major party candidates ever for the presidency and Clinton’s greatest appeal may just be that she is not Trump.

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