Wednesday, June 01, 2016

What a Trump Presidency Might Look Like Globally

After eight years of the Bush administration, the global opinion of America was probably at its lowest level ever. Beyond the Iraq War and the War on Terror, there was the inability of the Bush administration to appease their foreign neighbors and their tendency toward unilateral decision-making in the best interest of the country. Obama has done much to improve foreign attitudes toward the U.S., though plenty of negative feelings linger.

So what would a Trump presidency do to the foreign perspective of the U.S.? Well, we have already heard his xenophobic perspective on immigrants and a troubling penchant for dismissing the interests and cultures of others. Today a rather small news item in the broader scope of current events gives us further insight. After Cadillac withdrew their sponsorship from the World Golf Classic played at Trump Doral for 54 years, the PGA announced the event would move to Mexico City. They could not find another sponsor in the U.S., forcing them into the decision, through no fault of their own.

Trump’s response, with his usual tact and sensitivity to foreign powers and citizens was, “"I just heard that the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami and moving it to Mexico," Trump said. "It's at Doral ... they used one of my places. They're moving their tournament; it's the Cadillac World Golf Championship. And Cadillac's been a great sponsor, but they're moving it to Mexico. They're moving it to Mexico City which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance. But they're moving it to Mexico City. And I'm saying, you know, what's going on here? It is so sad when you look at what's going on with our country."

So we can look forward to more hatred toward America not only from our closest neighbors, but one imagines across the globe. The Hateinator strikes again! For all the bad we can say about Clinton, few would argue she would cause global animus, beyond the scope of the American right.

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