We’re just beginning to feel the effects of Tuesday’s Trump victory. It will change our country obviously, but it will change other parts of the world, too, especially Europe.
Brexit began the revolt and was always a good omen for Trump’s election, but the media chose to ignore it.
In the next twelve months, more than a dozen elections will occur in Europe. On December 4, Italy goes to the polls to vote on a referendum to their Constitution. It has to do with curbing the role of the Senate and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who backed Hillary Clinton, claims it makes it easier for him to make decisions. Others say it hurts their checks and balances. So far, the no’s are leading.
Also on Dec. 4 is the Austrian election. It is a redo of a flawed earlier election plagued with accusations of fraud. Again, Norbert Hofer, the anti immigration Austrian Freedom party appears poised to win there.
In 2017 the Czech Republic, France, Germany and the Netherlands will vote. Czech Republic President Milos Zeman said Trump’s election was a victory over “media manipulation.” He continued: “I would like to cordially congratulate Donald Trump. I had, as one of few European politicians, declared public support for this candidate because I agree with his opinions on migration as well as the fight against Islamic terrorism. I appreciate Donald Trump’s public demeanor. He speaks clearly, sometimes roughly, but understandably, and avoids what is sometimes called political correctness.”
Here’s more from Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute:
The French Ambassador to the US, Gérard Araud, tweeted: “This is the end of an epoch. After Brexit and this vote anything is possible. The world is crumbling in front of our eyes.”
Former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said: “What’s happening in the US could happen in France.”
Former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said: “The boundaries of reason disappeared with Brexit, the main lesson for France is that Le Pen can win.”
Laurent Wauquiez, leader of the opposition party The Republicans, said: “In a democracy, when the people feel ignored and despised, they will find a way to be heard. This vote is the consequence of a revolt of the middle class against a ruling elite that wants to impose what they should think.”
The leader of the National Front party, Marine Le Pen, tweeted: “Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and the free American people!”
Le Pen’s father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, tweeted: “Today the United States, tomorrow France.”
Commenting on Trump’s victory, Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, wrote: “America has just liberated itself from political correctness. The American people expressed their desire to remain a free and democratic people. Now it is time for Europe. We can and will do the same!”
In Belgium, the populist Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) party congratulated Trump and said his unexpected election victory could be repeated in Europe. Party chairman Tom Van Grieken tweeted: “U.S. election shows again how far politicians are from the people.” In another tweet, he wrote: “The rise of Trump is not an isolated phenomenon. In Europe too, more and more voters want real change.”
In Hungary. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wrote on Facebook: “What great news. Democracy is still alive.”
In Italy, the founder of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, hailed Trump’s victory. He wrote:
“This is proof that these millions of demagogues are not the people, they are journalists, intellectuals, anchored to a world that no longer exists. There are similarities between these events in America and our movement…. We are going to govern and they will ask: ‘But how did they do it?’ They channeled the collective anger.”
Politicians who ignore this dynamic will doom themselves. So will the media. Are they any different, really? They will probably be wilfully blind until the end. It can’t come soon enough.