Europe hates Trump. Does it matter?

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    A carnival float mocking US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was displayed in Dusseldorf last month

    So, what does the world make of Donald Trump?

    Mr Trump has some admirers in Europe. A few on the extreme end of the political spectrum like his tough line on immigration. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the French National Front, said if he were American he'd vote Trump.

    There are echoes of Trumpism in the nationalist parties of Britain, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece as well as France. The dissatisfaction with the status quo, the sense that middle-class and working-class people have been neglected by the existing political establishment, a feeling that politicians aren't honest with voters - you can find all that in the appeal of Europe's populists.

    While the politics of Jeremy Corbyn, the socialist leader of the Labour Party, are the opposite of those of Donald Trump, the disillusionment that drives his supporters is not so different.

    But the voices of support are drowned out by almost universal condemnation. When it comes to Trump, Europe is apoplectic. Fascinated, but appalled.

    I'm sometimes asked by Americans what Brits make of Trump and the best analogy I can come up with is this.

    Imagine if your much-respected but slightly annoying older sibling (the US) came home with a fantastically unsuitable date (Trump). Part of you is titillated but part of you is appalled, thinking, "Oh my God, this could go horribly wrong." After Super Tuesday, Europe is fast moving from the former to the latter.

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    Aaaaaand we're supposed to care because why, exactly?

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  3. Aaron

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    They loved Obama. And why do they care about Trump? Because they're bottle flies. They fear America's wounds closed up and the bleeding stopped.
     
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    I am not going to vote for Trump in the Hoosier primary so I am not concerned with what the Islamic republics of Europe think as I imagine that they prefer Sanders since he is socialistic like Europe.
     
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    The only European politician that I really like right now is Nigel Farage.
     
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    So if Trump is elected, I supposed they will demand that the US stop sending foreign aid and that all US military be pulled out (which is a large part of their economy.)
     
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