International perceptions on the Donald

A “Dump the Trump” craft beer and a “Make America Regurgitate Again” sick bag are just a few examples of ways the world is reacting to Donald Trump’s bid for presidency.

A craft brewery in New Zealand created the “Dump the Trump” American IPA as a form of protest to Trump’s recent popularity. A search for “Donald Trump” on a New Zealand news website returned 82,700 results with headlines ranging from “Auckland Church puts up anti-Trump Easter billboard“ to “President Donald Trump? That just got a lot more possible.”

New Zealand is not the only country that is both following the American presidential campaign intently while simultaneously mocking it.

Yiming Liu, ’18, a four-year international student from China said that the majority of the media surrounding Trump has been negative.

“The government media is known for its objectivity usually. But for people’s media, the opinions are divided. The majority of the media reports are negative,” said Liu. “A lot of people are posting interesting…or prank pictures of him. A lot of people are teasing his opinions and his speeches.”

Liu said that although the majority of people are against Trump, he does have a base of supporters in China.

“The population of China is totalled at 1.4 billion so there are a lot of people in China, all kinds of people exist in China, and they all are entitled to their own opinion. Some people actually like him. The majority of the people don’t really appreciate him. Mostly because his hostile stance towards China,” said Liu. “Most people just make fun of him. There are still some people who would be fans of him because of his provocative speeches. He’s not the mainstream. Some people think this person is unique.”

Personally, Liu falls under the majority who do not support Trump.

“The news says he just won the New York vote. To me, that’s just tragic,” said Liu. “I find it really sad that someone who is so blatant in racism, in sexism and someone who is so hostile to many countries in this world can run a presidential candidate election on a national scale. I don’t find that reasonable.”

William Schmitt, French teaching assistant echoed Liu’s sentiments.

“I would never vote for that guy because I don’t think he’s the kind of guy who can actually make America great again,” said Schmitt. “Why? Because I was born in a social country and I think that health care and school are rights not privilege and his ideas are so far away from what I think.”

However, like in China, Trump has amassed a group of followers in France as well.

“I read several newspapers. Basically all the guys who support Trump in France, they’re from the right wing…the extreme right wing to be more precise,” said Schmitt. “They think that he’s honest, he’s frank, because he says whatever he wants to say, and usually…they are exactly on the same page regarding foreign policy. Some are really in favor of what he says, others would say his ideas are very far from the republican party in France.”

Despite gaining some support in France, Schmitt is adamant that Trump does not represent what the French republican party stands for. He believes that France’s social health care and free education system is what distinguishes the two countries’ republican parties.

“The former French president was from the right wing and he thinks that what Trump thinks is totally against the French republican values,” said Schmitt. “I saw a poll on the internet, saying that 86 percent of the French people have a bad image of this guy and 63 percent have a very bad image.

“We have a lot of fun in France, regarding what he says, what he does,” said Schmitt.

Esteban Sanchez, ’19, is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Though Sanchez, like Schmitt and Liu, does not support Trump, he believes that some of Trump’s policies are valid and keeps a relatively open mind when it comes to choosing where his political support lies.

“I didn’t really want to listen to what completely biased people would say,” said Sanchez. “Some points that Donald Trump makes are very valid and actually they correspond to what other Republicans would say.”

He believes that Trump’s idea’s on illegal immigration can appeal to Latino voters.

“There are Latino’s who do support Donald Trump,” said Sanchez. “I would imagine the reasons Latino’s would support Donald Trump, or Ted Cruz…is because, they know the experience either from family members or they themselves experienced it, of how coming into this country works and what you have to do to gain a better life…maybe other people are gaining illegal ways into this country.”

On Trump’s proposal to build a wall, Sanchez is unsupportive.

“The Chinese built a wall to try to keep the Huns out, but the Huns climbed it and invaded the country and ruled China for a century. Now I don’t imagine the same scenario applying here, but working the logistics of building a wall I feel as though such a barrier would still not be effective in the agenda of keeping illegal immigrants out,” said Sanchez.