Yes these words may displease and their populist tone is involuntary. Last night in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for the US presidential election in 2016, gave very significant information.
He not only confirmed he has received only USD 19,000 in fundraising for his campaign from the hedge fund industry against USD 48.5 million for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton but he also unveiled figures that proved popular enthusiasm for his election.
In just one month, the campaign of Donald Trump received USD 35.8 million of small donations from 517,000 donors for an average of about USD 69 each. Similar data has not yet been communicated by the team of Hillary Clinton as her meetings struggle to fill seats. This trend strengthens the deep dynamic of Donald Trump whose meetings can’t accommodate all the audience that is very enthusiastic and comprises a significant portion of first–time voters.
Finally, I remind you that Donald Trump, with a team of only 17 people, won the Republican nomination with 14 million votes, a record high that beat Dwight Eisenhower or even Ronald Reagan in their time.
The popular groundswell – media would say “populist” – seems partially underestimated to me. Cyceon correspondents, both Republicans and Democrats, subscribed to my analysis. Therefore, I renew here my warning to French leaders and political parties: Donald Trump has volatile but real chances of becoming the next POTUS.
Considering the changes he envisages on the international scene – about NATO, Russia, Islamic State (ISIS), China or free trade – and whatever one thinks about him, France and its government have a duty – elementary obligation – to prepare in advance for this, avoiding as much as possible any unwelcome statement that could force it to back–pedal hard then. The personal opinion of our elected officials must not interfere with the strategic interests of France.