The presidential election in the United States has shed light on a crisis in the country’s bipartisan political system. The establishment tried to camouflage this crisis with anti-Russia rhetoric but that did not work out, political analyst Alexei Martynov.
Republican candidate Donald Trump won in the US presidential election. During his victory speech, he pledged to build “great relationships” with all nations.
According to the next American president, Washington is ready to tackle any challenge. “We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us,” he promised to his supporters. The election has revealed a crisis in the American bipartisan political system, said Alexei Martynov, director of the International Institute of Modern States.
“Pre-election rhetoric in the US overexploited such topics as ‘Putin’s threat’ or ‘Russians are coming.’ Trump had to oppose Hillary Clinton in this manner. However, he seemed to be a man with a tolerant approach to Russia”
“He was accused of being a ‘Kremlin man.’ So, does it turns out that the Americans voted for Putin? No, it’s a joke. However, Washington did everything to make the situation look this way. In fact, the Americans voted for Trump,” the expert noted.
Martynov underscored that after inauguration Donald Trump will have to make good on the promises made during his campaign, including on foreign policy.
“For Trump, the United States is above anything else. However, at least during the first year of presidency, he will try to keep his electoral promises, including to be a president of peace. He repeatedly said he would stop anti-Russian hysteria and sanctions as well as end a series of meaningless armed conflicts,” Martynov said.
To a great extent the Democrats’ electoral campaign pushed people to vote for Hillary Clinton’s rival, said Andrei Manoilo, a political science professor at Moscow State University.
According to him, Trump’s victory will result in serious changes both in the US and abroad.
“The revolution has come. Of course, the world will not be the same, it will seriously change. There is a power transition underway in the US, and it will finally result in a paradigm shift. First, domestic policy will change dramatically. But the same will happen later to foreign policy”.
The expert also noted that Trump’s victory was unexpected because before the vote all the signs indicated that Hillary Clinton would be the next US president. Manoilo shared an assumption on the reasons behind Clinton’s defeat. According to him, from the very start, the Democrats’ campaign was a bit wrong and during the campaign Hillary Clinton went too far in her anti-Russian rhetoric, including against her rival Trump. “There are several basic reasons, and the main one is that the Democrats went too far in labeling Trump as a ‘Russian agent.’ This allegation against Trump dominated the Democrats’ rhetoric and the electorate was tired of that. At one point, Clinton simply lost the ability to say anything relevant about Trump,” Manoilo concluded.