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  • A March 2016 editorial in one of China’s state-owned newspapers used the rise of Donald

  • Trump in America as an example of the inherent failures in democracy. Much of American media

  • seems obsessed about Trump’s run for the White House and the rest of the world is also

  • keeping a close eye on the coverage of the 2016 presidential election. So, just how does

  • the world view Donald Trump?

  • Well, for many non-Americans, Trump embodies a popular stereotype of the United States

  • as viewed from abroad. Many believe he personifies qualities like vulgarity, ignorance, superficiality,

  • materialism, and narcissism. According to a Politico interview with a sociologist, Trump

  • is essentially a candidate that people love to hate, who makes other countries feel good

  • about not being American. In fact, he seems to be so widely reviled that half a million

  • residents of the United Kingdom signed a petition attempting to ban him from their country.

  • Even Harry Potter author, JK Rowling compared Trump to Lord Voldemort in a tweet.

  • The candidate is also frequently compared with unpopular regional far right politicians,

  • for example France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen, or Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi. The former

  • National Front leader, Le Pen, actually endorsed Trump, who shares nationalist views against

  • immigration. At the same time, despite earning the ire of most world leaders, Russian President

  • Vladimir Putin has said of the candidate that he is a “brilliant and talented person”,

  • and thathe’s the absolute leader in the presidential race”.

  • And while many Europeans are terrified of a Trump Presidency, many people in Latin America

  • are furious. Early in his campaign, Trump described Mexicans as beingrapists

  • and criminals. Mexican officials responded, calling the comments profoundly ignorant,

  • and social media in the country ridiculed him asattention seeking”. In some countries,

  • Trump is even used as an insult. When the Venezuelan president moved to close the country’s

  • borders, he was ridiculed as being too Trump-like, with internet memes showing the President

  • with Trump’s trademark hairstyle.

  • But although Europeans are frightful, and Latin Americans are insulted, perhaps the

  • most worrisome aspect of Trump’s perception abroad is in the Middle East. One security

  • expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies told Newsweek that Trump’s statements

  • work to validate groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. By painting the US as anti-Muslim, Trump creates

  • a black and white, us vs them narrative that appeals directly to potential terror recruits.

  • As controversial as Trump’s statements are, he is still receiving support in the US, as

  • shown by his success in the primary elections. And with just a few months until the general

  • election, Trump’s popularity has many worried about the effects of a Trump presidency. But

  • across the board, one thing seems clear: with the exception of far right European groups,

  • and a growing proportion of the American public, the rest of the world

  • is not particularly excited to see Donald Trump in the White House.

  • And while some may be using Donald Trump to challenge the idea of democracy, there’s

  • more at play than meets the eye. Check out this video up top by our friends at China

  • Uncensored to get an up close look at how China views Trump. And you can watch our video

  • below about the GOP’s attempt to stop Trump’s candidacy. Thanks for watching, make sure

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