Alexandra Tselios

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Which World Leader Will Clinton or Trump Play Best with in the Sandbox?

The “Weak” in U.S. Politics: Both campaigns have seen scandals, but how has each candidate dealt with them? And what are other world leaders saying about Clinton and Trump?


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Alexandra Tselios

In the last six months, most commentators I speak to say that they believe Trump could very well be POTUS, and I admit I held a similar position. It seemed entirely likely, that despite the antagonistic and divisive things he was saying, he was still doing well in the polls and still likely to be trusted more than Hillary and, in particular, seem to have a bizarre sense of faith if a candidate has a corporate background (Read: “The CEO bias: why more people trust Trump with the economy than Clinton”). I don’t want to say that Trump has made so many mistakes now that he is unlikely to win because it can still go either way, but a few weeks out from the election we are seeing scandals damage Trump more than they are damaging Clinton.

If you consider that currently Clinton is traveling 7 points ahead of Trump, the biggest divider between the scandals seems to be Clinton’s complete lack of acknowlreal_politics161016edging them and Trump’s complete inability to shut up about them. There is a lot Hillary could be saying about Julian Assange right now, but there is little said. There is nothing other than sorry Trump should be saying in response to assault allegations, instead he is making comments that an accuser is not attractive to assault anyway and embarrassing public legal argy bargy. This kind of “temperament” has been used in reference to how an angry child behaves, and Clinton did sum it up well with her “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons” back in July. A conspiracy theorist (a lot of them love making videos about Hillary) might even suggest Trump’s entire political career is dedicated to ensuring Hillary Clinton is the first female President of the United States.

Alas, there are too many indications that instead of being strategic, Trump is using a scattergun “I am the best” approach. Does this mean Clinton will be a better President than Trump? I actually believe both will be fairly ineffective, but for different reasons. One of the biggest barriers a Clinton Presidency faces is a checkered past that many believe will result in another Obama-esque era (remember when Chuck Norris penned an op-ed?). Of course, the barriers a Trump presidency faces include damaging knee-jerk reactions to almost everything, to complete stagnation due to an inability to pass anything through congress. He may end of up a little asterisk in history, especially since it’s confusing for him when voters should vote. 🙁

While the Prime Minister in Australia says he will not engage in Trump commentary (but some in Parliament called him a revolting slug), it’s worth considering not just who celebrities are endorsing (I am looking back at you, Chuck Norris).

What are some other world leaders, essentially, the “to-be colleagues” of Trump/Clinton saying?

Member of the Saudi Royal Family, Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud, tweeted that Trump is disgrace to the GOP.

266th and current Pope Francis: Pope Francis said Trump is not Christian. Essentially a useless comment, akin to saying that lemon is quite tangy.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu: Despite previously rejecting Trump’s comments about halting Muslim immigration, Bibi has since said, “We are presenting both candidates with our positions but are not interfering.”

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor: Merkel has said that Clinton is a pleasure to work with, while German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called Trump a threat.

Current Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May: Prior to Brexit, Theresa May commented that Trump’s stance on Muslim immigration was divisive, unhelpful, and wrong and that he does not understand the UK.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan: Sadiq previously said that Trump was ignorant, and Trump responded with an awkward challenge—that they should both take an IQ test (Note: Sadiq has been hailed previously as the 6th most intelligent politician in history, Trump seems to be a cross between Bozo the Clown and an Angry Bird avatar.)

President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte: After Trump made some unsavory comments about Filipinos, Duterte challenged Trump to a fist fight—but in Duterte’s world, that doesn’t necessarily mean he is against a Trump Presidency. However, Clinton has called out Duterte recently after he called Obama a “son of a bitch.” So I assume Duterte will struggle to play in the sandbox with whoever is POTUS.

French President, François Hollande: François has previously said that Trump is sickening, and has endorsed Hillary Clinton.


The “Weak” in Politics as seen by Roger Pugh

Heard in an L.A. Coffee Bar
“It’s difficult to think of any husband who would be a bigger handicap for Hillary than Bill.”
“Oh, I don’t know, what about Trump?”

Heard at Republican Party HQ
“What’s Plan B in case we’re forced to dump Trump?”
“A straight swap with Kim Kardashian.”

Heard in a Santa Monica Sports Bar
“What’s the difference between the Presidential debates and the World Series?”
“In the Presidential debates, there’s more spin on the pitches.

Heard at Fenway Park
“If Trump becomes President, he’s promised to put Hillary in jail.”
If Hillary becomes President, she’s promised to swap Trump for Edward Snowden.

Heard at CNN
“Where’s the third debate being held?”
“In a cage at an MMA event.”

Heard at Democratic Party HQ
“Do you foresee any more October ambushes?”
Almost certainly, but they’ll have to be more pornographic than the Trump tapes to gain any traction.




Alexandra Tselios

Founder and CEO of The Big Smoke, Alexandra oversees the leading opinion site in both Australia and the USA. As a social commentator, she is interviewed most days of the week on radio across the country in Australia as well as working with NFP think-tank, Plus61J, which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel.

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