How do Americans respect their country?
What young Americans in Germany think of Trump and the Germans
In the primary campaign I was a helper for Bernie Sanders and made calls to the USA from Germany at two or three o'clock in the morning to advertise my candidate. Until it was clear that he wasn't going to win. In the spring of 2016 I was in Berlin at the international Democratic Party Congress and met people there with whom I would like to work.
I then campaigned for Clinton with Democrats Abroad and helped expatriate Americans register for the election. Of course, I also promoted Clinton in the process, but I still informed Trump voters in the same way as they can register. It is important that everyone can cast their vote. I have also given several lectures at schools and at the Jusos to explain the American electoral system and especially the pre-election system, which is often completely absurd and unimaginable for Germans.
On November 8th, I went live with the Democrats Abroad on election night on First. At some point it became clear that we would get more votes, but that we would lose important states. And then I was one of the first to say: "That doesn't mean that the USA is lost, but that we have to do everything in 2018 and 2020 to get the man out of the White House again!" carry on like you did now and say that you don't think that's okay, then we can do it too and we can even learn something from it for the future. So we don't make this mistake again. I am pleased to see the protests and that Germans also took part in the Women’s March in Germany. But I was even more pleased that many Americans from abroad were there too. This is important because they are directly affected by Trump's policies.
Would I want to live in the US for the next four years? Definitely no
I'm incredibly happy that I'm not in the USA at the moment. Sure, I could probably work more effectively politically and I would like to take part in the protests. But would I want to live in the US for the next four years? Definitely no. I do not want to live under a president who does not respect the separation of powers and who locks people out of the USA - even those who have risked their lives for the country like the Iraqi translators.
It is important to me that the Germans understand how extraordinary Donald Trump is and how abnormal this presidency is. Just imagine if Merkel would decide something, the constitutional court would rule that this decision is not legal - and then she tweeted: "These so-called judges are stupid anyway, how dare they say something against me!" That is unimaginable! But with Trump this is slowly becoming normal, more and more often there is the attitude: "We are used to it from him." And here in Germany, where many only get the part that is reported by the German media, we have to be particularly careful. that it doesn't get out of hand!
So far, I've always had the feeling that the election campaign in Germany is much more civil than in the USA, and I'm excited to see how it will turn out this year. In the USA, people sometimes call themselves “liars” in the debate or face imprisonment. CDU members and SPD members would never talk to each other the way Clinton and Trump did, and German election advertisements do not poke at their opponents either. But I can't say which variant is better, because the political systems are so different and hardly comparable. Then I would first have to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of parliamentary and presidential democracy ...
Above all, it is important to me that the AfD is behind in the general election. That's why I would say to everyone: “You have to cast your vote, you mustn't waste it!” In the USA, Hillary Clinton lost because too many people said: “I don't stand up for that, it's not worth it! “And I'm afraid that this will also happen in Germany. I hope the Germans have learned from Brexit and the election results in the USA that it is important to fight right-wing populists every day. And then choose to go.
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