Hate was a stronger mobilising factor

Slovak observers talk about the reasons and impact of Donald Trump’s victory.

Donald Trump(Source: AP/SITA)

What did Americans do when they handed America to Donald Trump? That was one of the questions for experts who gathered for an online discussion in the Sme daily’s editorial room following the US election that saw Donald Trump’s rise to the presidential office.

“Given the fact that Trump based his mobilisation on hate, he was a stronger mobilising factor than Clinton,” said Aneta Világi, political scientist from the Comenius University, who admitted she expected Trump’s victory.

Clinton failed to mobilise women

There were voters who supported Trump despite the fact that they admitted he couldn’t make a good president. They simply refused the vision of two elite parties competing for power, according to Tom Nicholson, commentator and reporter of Sme.

“I have followed Trump’s speeches in the media, and although it might seem like a mockery to us, this is what the American culture is really like,” said Alena Smiešková from the department of American studies of the Comenius University.

Hillary Clinton was unable to mobilise voters whom she was expected to appeal to - ethnic minorities and women, said Tomáš Nagy, analyst with the Globsec Policy Institute think tank.

Tom Nicholson believes that it was the elitist attitude that harmed Clinton, “she is considered arrogant and unsympathetic”.

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