Aleah Scott - Sub-editor, Politics
The US election cycle is finally over. Tomorrow, the United States of America will be graced with a new president. From the latest polls, Clinton is ahead, but not by far and it is safe to say, the American public really is torn between the lesser of two evils.
On paper, Clinton is without a doubt more qualified for the job, she has an active political history, compared to Trump’s who is more experienced in the world of US entertainment. Though absurd, Trump has somewhat changed political culture, whether he wins or not, he has made it clear that absolutely anyone with a little money and the right platform can greatly manipulate the thoughts of the American public.
Hilary Clinton seems almost saint-like when put next to Trump – she may not suggest banning Muslims from entering the US, or label Mexicans as rapists like her competitor but isn’t the obvious vote. Her backing the Iraq invasion in 2003, her support for Israeli and Moroccan occupations and her encouragement for higher military spending shows she is far the peace-maker the media portrays her to be.
Americans are now torn between voting for a man who wants to ban Muslims from entering their country and a woman who feels the US has the right to invade Muslim countries. It’s times like these, which make me feel very happy (and somewhat lucky) to be British. For me, the recent presidential debates really highlighted the differences in the American and British elections, of course there are obvious ones, but in terms of etiquette, us Brits really do take home the gold. Ed Miliband eating a bacon sandwich is the epitome of sophistication if compared to Trump at a debate.