Hearty congratulations for Trump
Yet despite this wave of support from extremist parties in Europe, Dr. Aurélien Mondon, an expert in populism and the far right, told VICE News it’s important to maintain perspective.“Progressive movements must ensure that they do not respond to the reactionary right in a similar manner,” Mondon said. “The response needed from the broad left will need to go beyond the simple reversal of recent electoral results or damage control, and instead offer something positive to the growing parts of the population who have become increasingly alienated and distrustful of mainstream politics, and who have only partly turned to the right-wing alternative.”Scott Radnitz, director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, agreed that Trump’s win would boost far-right sentiment but said it was unlikely to provide any lasting momentum.“It is unclear how much of his agenda Trump will actually try to implement,” Radnitz said. “He is likely to find that many of his campaign lines cannot be realized in policy, precisely because too much of the U.S. economy depends on global integration, and because much of the U.S. public believes that diversity and even immigration are good things.”Top image: Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s populist National Front party appeared delighted by the news that the U.S. had elected Donald Trump as its 45th president.
“The far right in one country gains from successes in another. Trump’s win is a big win for far right populism. It shows that these views are dominant in one of the largest and most successful countries of the world, so it validates it in Europe as well.”