Katie Hopkins Causes Stir Over Trump’s Foreign Policy

Outspoken right-wing columnist Katie Hopkins has caused yet another effortless storm on Twitter, shortly after Donald Trump announced plans for National Security to build a wall across the Mexican border. “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow,” tweeted Trump yesterday evening. “Among many other things, we will build the wall!”

The Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins has unsurprisingly welcomed Trump’s immigration policy with open arms by tweeting her support for the 45th President of the United States.

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In addition to her approval of Trump’s plans for the wall and Muslim immigration, she also took time to lambaste the people who took part in the Womens’ Marches in Washington D.C. over the weekend. “Feminism has to be better than this,” according to Hopkins. “Better than posters telling me your vagina is tough. Or ‘this p*ssy grabs back’.

Hopkins rose to prominence as a contest of the UK edition of The Apprentice, a show created by current US President Trump. She appeared in season three of the UK Apprentice that was fronted by Alan Sugar in 2007. Since then, her voice has been amplified ten-fold, particularly on social media platforms such as Twitter with the vast majority of people viewing her as a ‘troll’.

The fact that it was Trump’s show (albeit in a British guise) that gave Hopkins a prominent voice in today’s right wing media, it’s no surprise to see her voicing her support for the man that, despite his apparent sexist and racist views, gave Hopkins the TV and attention she so desperately seeks.

5 animals that tried to predict the outcome of the U.S Election

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Months worth of polling couldn’t predict the result of the U.S election, so could a psychic animal have done a better job? On the verge of huge events in modern times, some people have resorted to animal predictions to find the answers they deeply need before the events happen. As human psychics are largely found to be fraudulent, it’s down to the psychics of the animal kingdom who have managed to remain credible in an era where psychic predictions are seen as old hat.

Scottish Spiritual Billy Goat

Many Clinton fans had their hopes set on the soothsayer named Boots, a goat from Roxburghshire who correctly predicted the Brexit vote in June. Sadly for fans of Hilary, he was as wrong as the pollsters.

Chinese Mind Reading Monkey

Trump was predicted to win by Geda, a simian psychic known for predicting the winners of European football matches. His foray into political forecasting will likely give him the credibility he needs to go on working as a monkey that sees the future.

Psychic Parrot Duo

These parrots told us the election was in the bag for Clinton, pecking and clawing at her name like they were absolutely sure she was going to clinch it. We reached out to the parrots, but they declined to comment.

Polarising Polar Bear & Fortune Telling Tiger

At Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, election predictions were cast by giants of the oracle animal scene. In the red corner, we had Felix, the 1500 pound polar bear whose mind was set on Trump to win the presidency, while in the blue there was 700-pound liberal tigress Yunona, Clinton supporter and advocate of women’s rights.

Supernatural Swing State Dogs

In Cleveland, Ohio where the GOP Convention was held earlier this year, the city turned to its dog population to find out the results of the election. The combination of dog treats and chew toys has been proven to increase clairvoyant behavior in dogs. An attempt was made to reach out to Cleveland’s cat population, but they appeared to be disinterested in the political process.

Special Mentions : RIP Paul, The Psychic Octopus

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Sadly, the world’s most famous psychic octopus is no longer on this earth to make his thoughts known. Paul, whose specialty was predicting the outcomes of football matches would likely have a lot of traction in the run-up to the election. His protege is a Manchester based octopus named Otto, but he is widely seen as a hack after his failure to foresee the win for Leave during the Brexit referendum. Here’s to you Paul, the octopus who stole our hearts and helped our chances at the bookies.

Here’s what Trump’s America could look like

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Voters were led to believe that Donald Trump would ‘Make America Great Again’. As votes poured in, the billionaire left opponent Clinton behind in what some have labeled the most intense political battle in US history. In the end, the American people elected business mogul and Republican leader Donald Trump to claim the most powerful position in the world from the Democratic grasp.

Trump’s vision of a new America has been shrouded in controversy. On the one hand, liberal Americans claiming that sexism will now permeate through the air and equality will be a laughable farce for the elite. On the other, right wing Americans praise the man who is not afraid to speak his mind, agreeing that America needs a strong leader who is not governed by widespread political correctness.

So what will a Trump-led USA look like? Here’s EN4News’ breakdown of the new President-elect’s plans.

The Great Divide (Immigration)

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Immigration was a focal point of Trump’s campaign. The candidate did, of course, famously state that he “…will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And [he] will have Mexico pay for that wall.” The proposed structure will cover the 2000-mile border, require 339 million cubic feet of concrete and theoretically cost Mexico more than $25 million.

His campaign website also published this ultimatum: “It’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year,”

 

Obamacare No More

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Trump has been very vocal about his opposition to Obamacare. His website brands the Democratic health plan an “economic burden” that has resulted in “runway costs, greater ration of care and “higher premiums”.

The Republican Party promises to make health care accessible to every American. However, Trump is yet to announce what these plans will be.

Profiling to Paradise (Crime)

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2016 has left a dark cloud over America: the ‘Black Lives Matter’ being fuelled by police brutality, a massacre at a gay nightclub in New Orleans; Trump is entering the White House at a time when America is steeped in hate crimes and mourning.

“Our inner cities are a disaster. You get shot walking to the store. They have no education, they have no job.” Trump is yet to clarify how he will solve these issues,  but his love for the police can be seen in the way he labels himself ‘the law and order candidate’.

After the Orlando shooting, Trump claimed that “[He hates] the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads.”

His fiery belief for the death penalty has permeated Trump’s speeches a few times, once stating that: “Anybody [that kills] a police officer? Death penalty is going to happen, okay?”

Trump will rule with a harsher fist, but will this ultimately lead to a safer America?

Foreign Policy

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Trump has jokingly been referred to as a ‘fan’ of the Russian president, flirting with the idea of introducing an alliance with Russia to ‘ease tensions with Syria’ and commending Putin on his harsh torture techniques.

His admiration flowed into his opinion on NATO, branding the alliance ‘obsolete’ after its deterrence of Russia and during a Trump presidency the States might leave NATO is allies do not pay for the protection of Europe.

Going across to China, Trump’s disdain is not subtle; he labelled China a ‘currency manipulator’, claimed he would strengthen laws against theft of intellectual property, and openly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

There will be a ban on entrants to America from “terror states and terror nations” and “extreme vetting” of Muslims coming to the U.S until Trump can figure out “what is going on” under the current threat of ISIS.

Trump’s America is very different to today’s. Mr. President-elect’s loud and rash attitude reflects in his strict policies. He claims ‘to Make America Great Again’ and the States will no longer debate and compromise, but will take what it needs and hold no prisoners.

Trump is tired of the PC age and promises to be the leader that does what needs to be done, even if that requires backlash and controversy from half of the great nation.

Womanhood and Donald Trump’s presidency

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Donald Trump told voters during first presidential debate.

However, he has been accused of sexual assault from more than a dozen women – which Trump has denied, and he has threatened to sue them once the election is over, along with publications such NBC that have printed the allegations.

Trump has called them “sick” and “liars” who were only hungry for fame.

The brand new American President has also been widely condemned for making crude jokes about Hillary Clinton’s personal life, insulting his former rival Carly Fiorina’s looks, and joking it would be a “pretty picture” if Celebrity Apprentice contestant Brande Roderick was to “drop to her knees.”

Kathrine Razai and Jaine Haggie, strong opinionated feminists from Edinburgh, fear for women’s future with Trump as new U.S. President.

“He openly jokes about a woman’s ‘place’ – he has repeatedly stated that women should stay at home, look after the household and other old fashioned and hurtful stereotypes. After everything we (women) have fought for, we are going back in time.” said Kathrine.

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The election of Donald Trump is cause for concern for not only women, but the LGBT community, people of colour, and Muslims.

“His victory puts so many people in danger and encourages ever growing hatred. It promotes the idea that you can be accused of rape and sexual assault and still be a viable candidate to hold one of the most powerful positions in the world. It is an indication to young girls across the U.S. that no matter how hard they work, they will never be good enough and they will be objectified and criticised at all points throughout their lives,” added Jaine.

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society women’s right and equality, agrees that Trump’s victory is a massive backwards step for women and for equality. 

“Those who think misogyny played no part in the vote are kidding themselves. The fact that such a high percentage of white women voted for Trump also speaks volumes about internalised misogyny. Not only does Trump plan to build a wall, he had reinforced the glass ceiling.”

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 Most people think that this vote suggests that people either overlooked and underestimated Trump’s behaviour and beliefs, or thought it was OK. Both of these suggestions implies that women’s rights are in jeopardy. Women all over America now have to focus on defending their rights and freedoms.

 

 

 

 

Votes of fear over faith

As the UK wakes up to another hangover of an election result, it feels like an excruciating case of deja vu. An election, in essence, should hand the power to the people but it feels like the wand is in very dangerous hands. The world has been watching Trump’s astonishingly fast advancement as he careered along the campaign trail with unprecedented speed. With baited breath nations have watched, willing the nightmare to end, polls leading us to believe that on November 8th we would indeed wake up, but it seems the successive horrors of the past 18 months were only just the beginning.

The polling right up until election days showed Hilary ahead in key states but the polls didn’t accurately show the effect of Trump’s campaign, particularly it seems in rural America. Quite literally overnight the pollsters, the media and America have been trumped. A high turnout of voters was expected but it seems which of those voters would show was wrongly predicted. Whites in rural and traditionally Republican areas have come out in numbers whilst the black vote was down in key areas which were traditionally more democratic.

More than who voted, why they voted is comparable to the reaction of multiple elections of late. Votes out of fear rather than faith have been reverberated throughout the Scottish Independence vote, Brexit, and now for America too. It seems that on both sides there was inclination to vote against the other candidate rather than putting the power in the hands of someone truly believed capable.

Trumps use of fear in his rhetoric is no secret and this is no new tactic, the politics of fear have played a huge part in victories throughout history. Trump picked up particularly on economic anxiety and economic comparison. He painted a picture of a ‘changing face of the USA’ where whites might not be the majority and married this with economic uncertainty. He took anxieties about trade and America’s role in the world, cherry picking who to blame, China one day, Mexican immigrants the next. This powerful combination of garnering fear and providing culpability worked in his favour to create the perfect platform for himself. The people want to feel protected and he offered himself as the only solution. Where Clinton used policy-focussed solutions, Trump unashamedly offered himself to be the only salvation. From history we know that in moments of despair we search for an idol to lead us to safety, regardless of said ‘idols’ often ludicrous, bigoted visions.

Jason McLure, managing editor of Global Journalist in Columbia, Missouri, talked to us as the last of the votes were being counted about the motivation for voting out of anxiety rather than hope. “Votes for Clinton weren’t particularly inspired by Clinton, and I think that many voting for Donald Trump also had a number of questions”.

If financial anxiety was a catalyst for voters this seems a null incentive, as we talked to Jason this morning he watched the dollar head in a downwards direction and discussed the uncertainty for prospects such as trade agreements and NATO.

“I’m looking at the election results on election night and you see the US dollar dropping dramatically, stock market future dropping dramatically. There is a lot of uncertainty.”

The world seems a dismal place today but to succumb to the very tool which was used throughout this campaign, allowing fear to consume and prevail is a step back one too many. A long struggle is ahead but it’s the only true road there is.

Love Trumps Hate: How America’s minorities are reacting to the result

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Minorities in America are showing their fear over their future after Donald Trump plans to reverse what Barack Obama had changed during his time as US President.

African Americans, Mexicans, Hispanics, Muslims, LGBT and the disabled are just a few of the communities across America that are worried about what the future holds for them. Reactions have been so strong that they’ve caused Canada’s immigration website to crash. Similarly, reports are revealing that suicide hotlines throughout the country are busy.

 

A little over a year ago, the US Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as legal nationwide but fears are growing that this could be reversed. Trump has been very vocal about his opposition of marriage equality and has recently stated that he would consider appointing justices to overrule the Supreme Court’s decision.

American citizens have taken to twitter in fury over Mike Pence, Vice President Elect who is a supporter of gay conversion therapy and advocates for shock therapy, paid for by the taxpayer.

 

 

 

The Muslim community is also in fear. Trump has pledged to not allow any other Muslims into America temporarily after claiming that they are dangerous and a threat to national security. As extreme Islamophobia is on the rise Stateside, there is distress that the prejudice towards Muslims may get worse as one of the world’s most powerful political figures condones it.

 

 

Mexicans are left wondering how they will be treated after being labeled “criminals and rapists” during Trump’s campaign, as well as his promise to build an “impenetrable physical wall” on the border that the Mexican’s will pay for.

 

 

First-time voter and Ugandan-American citizen, Amanda Lugg feels that the election will split the country and compares it to Brexit and the fear that it resulted in.

 

“The disparity in this country between the haves and the have-nots has just grown wider and wider, and with that breeds, breeds so much animosity and fear and results in something like we’re seeing in, in the U.K. right now.”

 

Barrett Holmes who is an African American feels he has a lot to lose under Trump’s power.

 

“I would not be surprised if the Voting Rights Act was gutted even further, His racist supporters will feel emboldened to attack and harass African Americans and minorities. KKK members and white nationalists will be proud to show their faces in public and declare their hatred.”

 

If there is one good thing that has come out of this election for the minorities, it is that they have the support from many all over the world.

 

 

 

 

 

California votes to legalize recreational use of marijuana

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Three states look set to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes following polls on Tuesday.

California, Nevada and Massachusetts voted to approve Proposition 64 which will allow the possession, purchase and use of the drug for those aged 21 and over.

The polls which took place alongside the presidential election mean they will join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Washington DC and the District of Columbia in legalizing the drug.

The people of Florida and North Dakota opted for medicinal-only use of the substance.

Meanwhile, Nebraska voted to to reinstate the death penalty, and Oklahoma voted to give capital punishment constitutional protection.

The world reacts to Trump: Views from around the globe

Western Europe

Following a hard fought campaign, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States.”

“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”

Despite strong parallels between Trump’s success and the Brexit vote, over half a million Brits signed a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the UK.

Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to Washington, tweeted his concerns at the collapse of world politics. “After Brexit and this election, anything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.”

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However, France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen announced to Valeurs Actuelles that she backed President Trump, stating that he is a man “free from Wall Street.”

A poll by Infratest Dimap found that only 4% of the German population would vote in favour of Trump compared to an astounding 86% in support of Clinton with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier previously calling Trump a “preacher of hate.”

Trump’s transition from reality star to presidential candidate could not be further from Europe’s technocratic approach to politics.

Latin American

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Many Mexicans are suffering from shock and disbelief as the final results have been announced. President Enrique Peña Nieto compared Trump’s leadership race to the way fascist dictators Mussolini and Hitler came to power.

Early results showing Trump ahead in key states contributed to a drop in the Mexican Peso on the spot market to almost 19.8 to the dollar, a decline of 7.37%. Meanwhile, as concerns about the impact of a Trump presidency grew overnight the Mexican economy saw the peso fall more than 13%. This is its lowest level in over two decades.

Agustin Carstens, Mexico’s central-bank chief spoke of a Trump win hitting the nation like a “hurricane” but he has since said the government is looking at ways to adjust its economic position in conditions brought about by an “adverse” presidential winner.

Perhaps no other country outside of the US has been as invested in the presidential race as Mexico. Will Trump build the infamous wall? Will he navigate large scale deportations? There are many questions surrounding the new Commander in Chief.

Russia

During the US presidential election campaign, Trump did not hide his admiration for Vladimir Putin’s policy, claiming that Russian Federation should become America’s close ally. The Kremlin has celebrated Trump’s victory welcoming it as the begining of a new era for Russian- American relations. President Putin sent his congratulations to Trump in a hope of restoring the US- Russia bond. One Russian tweeted:

 

Vadim Tyulpanov, member of the Russian Senate, told Moscow’s Life News that Americans were tired of overly aggressive leaders, and that a Trump victory could lead to collaboration between the former Cold War foes.

The Russian news media has generally been kinder to Trump. Clinton, on the other hand, is regarded as an old adversary who would tighten the screws on the Kremlin.

“Clinton will surround us with nuclear rockets,” one Russian newspaper warned.

Japan

While Russia celebrates, Japan panics. “Mr. Trump is a loose cannon and nobody really knows what to expect from him,” said Jeffrey Kingston, the director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Tokyo. “And that is always unsettling in a region that is marked by a number of tensions,” he added. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to calm the country, as the yen surged and stocks stumbled. “Hand in hand with Trump, we will try to work together,” he said.

China

Many say that China will benefit the most from the victory of Donald Trump. Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “We hope to strive together with the new U.S. administration to advance the continued healthy and stable development of Sino-American relations.”

 

Scotland empathises with disappointed Americans following Trump’s election

“Today we make America great.”

This is what Donald Trump posted on his twitter page, 22 hours ago.

Today Scotland, along with the rest of the world, wakes to a new US President. Donald Trump is victorious against his rival Hilary Clinton.

Scottish political leaders have expressed their shock and disappointment after Donald Trump took a surprise victory earlier today.

Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour and strong Clinton’s supporter, wrote a comment piece published on The Times website a few days ago. She said “Yes, Clinton can – if she withstands the crazy”.

There was hope in her words, a hope that was destroyed this morning when Trump gained enough votes to defeat Clinton.  “Cannot believe my eyes-what a dismal desperate day,” Dugdale said today.

Kezia Dugdale is not the only Scottish Clinton-supporter now struggling to come to terms with the results.

Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens,  tweeted: “OK America, you have had your fun now. You’ve given us all a good scare. Time to be serious, and make the bad man go away”. This morning, after finding out the official result, he simply tweets “sickening”.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the US was “turning inwards”, and that the UK therefore has a “duty to advance Western democratic values”.

However UKIP’s leader in Scotland, David Coburn, insisted the new president would be a “good thing for Scotland” because of his long connections to the country.

Nicola Sturgeon, whilst Americans were casting their votes, said she thought Clinton had the experience, strength and resilience to make a “good president.”

After the results Sturgeon stated: “The ties between Scotland and America are long-standing, they are very deep and they are enduring. And whatever the outcome of the election I respect that outcome and will continue to work to ensure that those relationships, which are not just relationships of family and culture but also very important business and economic relationships, continue to be in good health.”

More than 1,000 students from Edinburgh’s Universities watched the battle for the White House unfold in the city centre.

Organised by Edinburgh University North American Society and the Edinburgh Political Union, the sold-out event in Potterrow had TV screens broadcast results live from across the Atlantic, with experts from the school of history providing live analysis on the results throughout the night.

The Golf Tavern extended it’s license until 5 am to broadcast the results. We asked the Scottish crowd how they think these elections are going to affect our country.

“It will affect the world’s economy” said James, “ I am afraid it will potentially affect our ability to travel.”

Andrew said this election seemed to be “a new chapter after Brexit.” Perhaps it is for this reason many Scottish people could empathise with the many Americans leaving the pub in tears early this morning.

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Stock markets drops as Trump wins the US Presidential Election

The aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential Election has been felt across financial sectors all over the world as markets in UK, Europe and Asia suffer. The Dollar and Peso have also fallen following the Republican candidate’s victory.

A downturn in the markets was expected if a Trump victory was revealed, and already the FTSE 100 (London Stock Exchange) has fallen 1.6% in wake of Trump’s victory, but has since steadied to 0.5%. The European markets also suffered a hit with the DAX (German Stock Exchange) and CAC (French Stock Exchange) opening 2.8% and 2.5% down respectively.

However the falls were less than expected, as Trump’s victory speech did enough to calm the markets for now. The economic aftermath was anticipated to be similar to that following  post-Brexit, but the falls were not as extreme as those seen in June.

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The Asian markets dropped as the results were coming through, with Japan’s Nikkei index falling by more than 5% whilst China and Hong Kong markets also saw severe drops by the time the markets closed.

With Trump’s comments on Mexicans during the lead-up to the presidential contest, the Peso became the currency to watch, to see how it would react. As Trump’s lead widened, the Peso began to see its largest crash since 1994 – falling as much as 13% during the night.

The Peso had been recovering over the past few days after a Clinton victory seemed to be assured. The Peso’s sharp fall is a clear indication of the fear that Trump’s election brings to Mexicans, but it is also on the rebound.

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The dollar also struggled against ‘safe haven’ currencies such as yen and gold, while the Euro is doing well against it.

While Trump’s promise of big spending on infrastructure has helped to ease the international market somewhat, the real test will be when the President-Elect takes his place in the White House.

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