Opinion: How voters vote in other countries is up to them. The outcome of their elections affects them directly.
But the result can affect us all. When it is the USA and President elect Donald J Trump who knows what happens next.
A week after Trump won the Electoral College vote in the USA, but not the popular vote, a lot has happened.
He will not be inaugurated as President until January 20, 2017 but the transition from Pres.Obama to Pres. Trump has started.
Trump is a political unknown quantity
Former President Ronald Reagan was previously a 'B' movie actor but he had some political experience. "Ronald Reagan was the Governor of California for two terms, first in 1967 and then re-elected in 1971. He left office in 1975, declining to run for a third term. Robert Finch, Edwin Reinecke, and John L. Harmer served as lieutenant governors over the course of his governorship."
In June 2015 "Donald Trump was taught that money cannot buy the apprentice" and he was fired.
But he already had his eye on the White House.
He is now putting his "team" together and no matter how many times he sits in front of cameras, with his large family who appear to have been elected too, talking soothing platitudes his divisive, nasty and angry election campaign will never be forgotten.
He won the election but did he really want to?
Trump's campaign rhetoric has opened a Pandora's box of hate.
Those living in fear of a Trump presidency include women, the poor, the vulnerable, non-white Americans, the LGBT communities and more.
Claims that Trump is charming have no credibility. You cannot run a vile election campaign appearing as a bully, racist, bigot and misogynist unless that is who you are.
Senior Republicans did not want Trump but now they are trying to build bridges. In some cases it will be for the best reasons in other cases the worst.
Those who applaud a Trump presidency at this stage, including some on the left, as the vote was a rejection of the political establishment are wrong in my opinion.
Trump is fat-cat establishment through and through.
They were conned.
But like Farage in the UK he was able to tap into general dissent and use it to full advantage.
It was never about honesty.
The world is watching, but it is a fearful world
Op-ed: So Republican hopeful nominee and possibly next President of the USA is warning his fellow Americans not to visit the UK in light of the Brussels terror attacks last week but why now?
This is not the first terror attack in Brussels in recent times and then there were the terror attacks in France and of course the home-grown terrorist Anders Breivik who killed so many in Norway a few years ago.
Could this latest publicity stunt by old fart-face Trump have less to do with the safety of Americans and all to do with his election campaign, appealing to the fear in US voters and offering citizens of the UK a little payback after so many of us signed a petition asking he was banned from entering the UK?
That petition garnered so many signatures, and on the government's official petition website, that MPs were forced to debate it in the House of Commons.
In the end MPs hedged their bets and dismissed it as if we ever end up with POTUS Trump they will have to do business with the guy.
After all the UK and the USA are firm allies right??
According to a fairly right-wing publication in the UK, the Daily Express :
Correct me if I am wrong but surely it is only days ago Trump supporters were making news headlines in the USA and across the world as they responded to protesters with those self-same salutes?
And note it is the far-Right making waves across some parts of Europe; deluded people who believe all people of the Muslim faith are would be or actual terrorists.
Still Trump has furthered that view when for instance he announced that he Donald J Trump was calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the USA which was why people in Britain signed the petition to ban him in their tens of hundreds of thousands.
Verbally attacking the UK may further his campaign for GOP nominee but will it help him become President of the USA? Perhaps, who knows what really goes on in another country?
The USA is so large it is likely that people in different parts of that country know little of what really goes on in others sates so many miles away.
But he is welcome to his view.
He is a man who opens his mouth and spews out abuse at the drop of a hat and some Americans appear to lap it up.
Yes empty vessels like Trump continue to make the most noise.
When all else fails he cites his wealth as proof but of what we have no idea.
When an American Twitter follower asked me 'why not visit the USA' he was not keen on my response. It was this; no I have no yen to ever visit the States; perhaps at one time but not anymore.
The daddy of all terrorist attacks in the West was 9/11 and the people of the USA may feel that security is now tight as hell following that attack.
But me I do not want to visit a country where the cops are armed and for all I know every other person at least is also carrying a weapon. In some States I would know as they open-carry and that scares the hell out of me.
So before Trump gets off his high horse he may like to explain how as a gun supporter he will make his country safe?
Until that changes I for one have no interest in visiting the USA and I am not alone.
I imagine Trump rattled Britons may now stay away from the USA as the Trump motor-mouth carries on in Hitler style talking the talk of hate. Well his father was of German stock.
News alert Trump: few countries are potential terrorist attack free these days.
SUPGV have it right
And we remember Trayvon Martin and so many more; at least in the UK you cannot be murdered and your killer claim self-defence and walk free.
Check out the statistics below from Gun Violence archive and I think we know which country is not safe:
Op-Ed: Social media is full of funny and yet sometimes frightening memes relating to the GOP and Democrat potential party leader nominees. Such is the US election process that a long nationwide campaign just to appoint a candidate to lead the two major parties drags on and on.
And two candidates are rising above the others - Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald Trump for the Republican or GOP party.
Hillary is not without 'baggage' but is becoming unstoppable in her quest to lead the Democrats into the 2016 US Presidential election. Her main opponent Bernie Sanders has caught the imagination of younger voters and those looking for real change, but whether he could offer that in reality is not clear.
Neither Clinton or Sanders cause this Brit any worries but Donald Trump is the stuff of nightmares.
Both Clinton and Sanders lean to the left of politics, with Sanders tilting well toward that side of the political spectrum but the GOP is a different kettle-of-fish.
Following a usual pattern in recent years that party had numerous candidates when the race began but numbers are being whittled down.
Donald Trump remains a farcical character across this side of the pond but a dangerous fool.
When he makes speeches that concentrate on his wealth and more British people tend to grimace but his supporters across the Pond lap it up. Is that because his words are tongue in cheek or that some US voters want to turn their country back 50 years or so and ditch any form of liberalism?
America is experiencing an anti-Muslim backlash on the back of terrorist activities mainly abroad but propped up by 9/11 and the killings in San Bernardino Christmas 2015.
Similar feelings may choose the direction of British voters in the upcoming EU in or out referendum.
But sensationalising the negatives added to 24/7 rolling news simply concentrates on the negatives and messes with voter's minds.
Xenophobia is on the increase and with that comes a type of madness.
Reality is ditched as fears are latched onto and used to full advantage.
It is up to American voters to make their choice now but if they want the world to have any chance at stability, freedom and social equality they must surely ditch Donald J Trump?
Trump was born into money and is not a self-made man although he likes to talk money a great deal. He has used cheap foreign labour along the way and declared bankruptcy on more than one occasion.
When I look across from Yorkshire yes I see a funny character, an oompa loompa coloured big-mouth bigot with German and Scottish links via his parents but then I consider Herr Hitler.
He had German links, was considered a funny guy with a silly moustache, used to whip up crowds into a frenzy, hated one particular faith, in his case Jews, encouraged nationalism and talked about making a country great again and sadly the similarities go on and on.
Hitler however was a passionate and somewhat eloquent speaker at his rallies while Trump stumbles on with gaffe after gaffe.
He has vowed to build a wall between the USA and Mexico if he is elected the next POTUS; he has also proposed a total ban on all Muslims entering the USA.
But how much is just because he is an old windbag and how much he plans to make reality is not known.
It is up to America to choose their candidates and choose them well. Once you open Pandora's Box you will not be able to close it again.
My personal view is that the USA is better than Donald Trump and should vote accordingly.
Current state of play
Dropped out: Bush, Christie, Fiorina, Gilmore, Graham, Huckabee, Jindal, Pataki, Paul, Perry, Santorum, Walker
1,237 needed for nomination · 2,340 available
(includes Pledged delegates and Super delegates)
2,383 needed for nomination · 4,132 available
[Figures updated after Super Tuesday March 1 - but those above show there is still all to play for]
From around the Internet:
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MSNBC's Scarborough Strikes Hard at Donald Trump
In the UK Trump or as we like to call him now ‘fart face’ caused anger with his comments on blocking all Muslims from entering the USA.
A petition was quickly launched here in the UK to block Trump from entering this country after his bigoted views.
Nicola Sturgeon did the decent thing and ditched Trump but UK PM David Cameron edged his bets one more time.
This was strange, although expected, as a series of hate-speech individuals are already blocked from entering the UK.
Wednesday in the period between Christmas and New Year, when parliament is in recess, severe flooding across the UK occupies people’s homes and properties the British government has sent out a response to that petition. It reads:
The Government has responded to the petition – “Block Donald J Trump from UK entry”.
In this crazy 21st Century Trump is accused of many things including being a secret agent for the Democrats!
Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, his brother, and nine of their children aged between eight and 19, was told at the airport that their "authorisation to travel on the flight had been cancelled without further explanation."
The family are not the first 'Muslims' travelling to the USA recently to find their travel plans hit at the last minute.
In other cases a US official, or officials, delivered the news to would be passengers at the airport; again without explanation.
To rub salt into Mr Mahmood's wounds he has now been told by his flight company Norwegian Air that the £9,000 cost of their flights to the USA will not be refunded.
There has been no follow-up contact with Mr Mahmood, his brother or children by US or UK officials-so if any or all of them pose a security threat how come?
Many are concluding that widespread condemnation of Trump's proposed ban on all Muslims travelling to the USA, is just hot-air and empty pacifying words.
Mr Mahmood told the Guardian he thinks he knows the reason they were stopped - "It's because of the attacks on America - they think every Muslim poses a threat."
I suppose not ordering an official blanket ban means the US can play host to Saudi Kings and Middle Eastern leaders when it suits but prevent many ordinary Muslims from travelling to the USA.
I imagine many Middle Eastern countries would like to ban US military personnel, John Kerry and other Americans from entering their countries too.
"Labour's Stella Creasy, who is the family's local MP, has written to David Cameron to try to find out why the family were stopped."
"A Downing Street spokeswoman said Cameron would consider the issues raised in Creasy’s letter and respond in due course. The prime minister has described Trump’s remarks as “stupid, divisive and wrong”.
"The US embassy in London did not immediately respond to a request [by the Guardian] for comment."
More at Sky News
Also at the Guardian "Calls for Cameron to step in after US bans British Muslim family from Disneyland trip."
In a press release Trump calls for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
In the UK Monday islamophobia also raised its ugly head but this time on a National bus due to travel from Bristol Coach Station to London Victoria.
The bus company's official line was that a man was "asked to leave because he had too much luggage."
Passengers however tell a different story.
According to the Bristol Post the passenger was told to leave the bus "by a member of National Express staff after a woman onboard the coach said she would feel "uncomfortable" travelling with him."
One passenger Rebekah Makinde, a student at Bristol University, said the complaints were clearly made because of the man's religion. Other passengers reportedly looked on in disbelief.
Ironically legislation to address racial discrimination in the UK came into force 50 years ago Monday. On December 8, 1965, the Race Relations Act "made it a civil but not a criminal offence to discriminate on the "grounds of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins" in public places." In 1968 the legislation was tightened.
But 50 years on, the results of regional elections in France are in and the people have handed victory to the far-right; Marie Le Pen and the National Front (FN) are celebrating. Thousands of refugees and the Paris terror attacks in November have resulted in a rejection of the country's leader Francois Hollande and left-wing politics.
Fear is leading to extremism and it is coming from many sources; people like Trump with political aspirations, terrorist groups and ordinary people.
Echoes of Nazi Germany, the treatment of Jewish citizens and the holocaust are becoming tangible.
Are we really going to go down that path once more albeit this time with a different religion?