Breaking: Trump names former critic as UN Envoy

Donald Trump has named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the UN, US media report.

She is the first non-white female cabinet-level official appointed within the Trump administration, despite her previous criticisms of Trump’s campaign.

Mrs Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and had been a vocal critic of Mr Trump on the campaign trail, especially surrounding immigration.

The 44-year-old has been characterised as a rising star within the Republican party and is the youngest governor in the US.

California votes to legalize recreational use of marijuana

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.

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.


Comment: Why Harambe’s votes are a statement on America’s political disillusionment

A gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo

A gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo

The notion that America’s fate would be different had over 15,000 voters not opted to vote for a dead gorilla is, for many, a frustrating state of affairs. But are votes for Harambe a wasted opportunity?

In fact, it could be argued that a vote for Harambe is better than a vote for either presidential candidate; supporting the lesser of two evils does not achieve more than using your vote for protest. As a result, we must consider: how different would America’s fate be in the scenario of a Clinton victory?

When placed alongside Trump, any candidate would appear an acceptable choice for presidency. Those who reject Trump for his foreign policies, his statements concerning deportation, nuking and such must reflect on Clinton’s equally heinous policies.

In reality, she is not enough of an improvement to merit a vote. This is the woman who stated in interviews her intent to launch attacks on the likes of Iran and Palestine in the case of her victory – a vote for her is a vote for attacks on the middle east. And so opting for a dead gorilla is perhaps not so preposterous after all.

Harambe’s supporters evidently had no desire to have Trump or Clinton in office. The fact that they were active and used their vote regardless is a great feat. Rather than sitting in silence, the people are standing up and fighting back.

Some may question how much this really achieves. Spoilt ballots may not have an immediate visible impact, but they achieve at least as much as any vote for a valid candidate. If nobody voted, we would not have any of these radges in office.

Votes for a deceased gorilla are in fact very important indeed – they are an expression of the disillusionment and discontent felt by voters in regard to the current political system. Harambe’s legacy lives on; this crazy gorilla continues to smash the system from beyond the grave.

Words by Ailsa McEwan

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