Tuesday, 15 November 2016
DONALD Trump winning the US Presidential Election is the "bottom of a downward spiral", according to an American ex-pat.
Eve Earley, who is originally from New York but has lived in Carlingford for the past nine years, has said the "genie is out of the bottle" regarding racism and divisions that were very much at the forefront of the Trump campaign.
Eve is well known in the Newry business community through her business Empowering Change, which is a career and business development consultancy, and her work with Newry Thrives and Newry Creates.
Even though Eve has lived here since 2007, she was still eligible to vote in the elections and admitted she wasn't surprised by the result.
Despite this, the world was in shock as key battleground states such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio all backed the billionaire tycoon ahead of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, helping him clinch the 270 electoral votes needed to land the presidency.
“I decided I wasn't going to stay up and watch it state by state and so I woke up to Facebook posts and I couldn't believe that people were shocked at the result," said Eve. "It was similar to the way I woke up to Brexit, there was nothing to be shocked about.
“For me, it's just the bottom of a downward spiral. Obama made a very interesting speech in which he pointed out this is what's happened to the Republican Party, they were so focused on getting to him, they got in bed with people they wouldn't otherwise have done so."
The polls and political pundits had Clinton down as the huge favourite ahead of the vote but Trump's victory has left the poll companies red faced.
However, Eve believes the reason why the polls got it so wrong was because that Trump voters "never really talk about it" in public.
Many felt that the new President Elect picked on a number of minority groups during his election campaign, which has caused deep divisions in the USA, but Eve said that her bigger concern is Trump's views on globalisation.
“Trump talked about all these infrastructure projects, bridges and everything else, but I notice he didn't mention his wall," added Eve.
“Even without a wall, the idea that we are going to decide to be America for America first, it's never been the way we have operated and we'll suffer for it.
“I have a major concern for Europe because America pays 75% of the bills for NATO, what's that going to look like when Trump lobbies to pull back from Europe?"
I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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