In The US it is again election year. As an European woman I have it difficult to understand the reasons why Donald Trump was elected in 2016. I am reading right now a book by a Finnish journalist Maria Annala who lived in the US, in Boston 2015-2019. The book is titled Trump’s Folks and it describes in detail how the procedure went on by states, hullaballoos and scandals.
As characters she has three ordinary Virginians who worked in Trump’s campaign: Alice Butler-Short, Christianné Allen & Brian Landrum. You may have heard of them.
In the book it becomes clear that the nation is divided in two opposite camps as never before. As arguments for Trump’s favour are listed strict immigration policy towards Mexicans & muslims, support of Christians and the right-wing media / fakenews (Fox & Breitbart), abortion, support of coal miners & home industry vs climate change, prosperous economy in the recent years, multiple precidential decrees, appointing authoritarian judges and so on, and so on. She also states that the nation was not ready for a female president last time.
It is an exceptionally interesting book, but I am as confused as before. So I thought to ask my US blog friends to explain the situation from inside the country. I would like to understand how this year’s election looks like.
I am not a political person, but the president of The United States is such a visible and important figure and I would really appreciate your thoughts, commenting here my post or sending an e-mail to email@example.com