Could ‘The Donald’ actually win? Twelve months ago, the idea that reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump could be the next President of the United States seemed crazy talk. Yet, seemingly against all odds, he stormed to victory in the Republican primaries. He’s now polling extremely close to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (particularly in the key swing-states).
The first TV debate between Clinton and Trump was almost inevitably going to be inconclusive, with some calling it for Clinton and others for Trump. The increasingly tribal nature of US politics means it’s difficult to “win” this kind of thing. Trump also defies conventional political logic, being able to shrug off gaffs that would derail any other campaign.
So, is it time to consider our reaction to a Trump presidency? Obviously, European countries don’t want to meddle in US internal affairs – it is up to American voters who they choose to represent themselves. However, it might be wise to prepare for a president who wants to ban Muslims coming to the US (now diplomatically transformed into a ban on people from “countries compromised by terrorism”).
We had a comment sent in on our ‘Suggest a Debate‘ page from SD, who wonders if Europe should reject or embrace ‘Trumpist’ immigration policies:
The Republican nominee (and possible front-runner in the US presidential elections), Donald Trump, has called for a total Muslim ban when it comes to migration and travel to the United States. He said that this is necessary because Isis has threatened to infiltrate the refugee flows with Islamic terrorists so that they can strike at the heart of Western targets. He has also said that there is no way to truly vet the background of these refugee people from the Middle East to filter out the criminals and terrorists who wish to do us harm.
My debate is the following: if Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential elections and actually creates the Muslim ban that he has called for, should Europe stand against this policy or should Europe copy this policy?
If Trump wins, how should Europe react? Is the EU ready for President Trump? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!