Never thought I’d say that of Sydney’s Morning Murdoch tabloid.
Hat tip to Business Insiders Australia.
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, is known for its general social conservatism and its ability to consistently channel the feelings of its readers onto its front page.
Yesterday I posted my own visceral reaction to the events of the day. It is indeed a marvel that the American people have embarked on such a dangerous experiment, but I guess we have to hope it will not be quite as bad as we’d come to fear. In that Donald Trump’s first post-election speech offers a straw in the wind. See also what Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama had to say at Hillary Clinton concedes ‘painful’ election defeat, urges supporters’ ‘open mind’ on Donald Trump.
But remember please that what Australia’s Bill Shorten said about Donald Trump in May is quite possibly true.
A week after saying a Trump presidency would be “very difficult” for Australia, Mr Shorten went after the “ultimate victory of celebrity politics”.
“I think Donald Trump’s views are just barking mad on some issues,” he told Darwin radio station Hot 100.
The man with the 70%+ porkie index leading up to his elevation yesterday:
Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Trump has. Over and over, independent researchers have examined what the Republican nominee says and concluded it was not the truth — but “pants on fire” (PolitiFact) or “four Pinocchios” (Washington Post Fact Checker).
Trump’s candidacy was premised on upending a dishonest establishment that has rigged American political and economic life, so many of his loyalists are willing to overlook his lies, as long as he rankles the powerful, said Republican strategist Rob Stutzman.
Hillary Clinton could only rack up 23%.
Amusing in a dark kind of way:
Canada’s main immigration website appeared to repeatedly crash today in the lead-up to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump winning the race for the White House.
Users reported seeing an internal server error message when trying to access the website.
“There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed,” the message stated.
The website’s problems were noted by many on Twitter, with some saying maybe some Americans were serious when they threatened they would move to Canada if Mr Trump became successful in his campaign.
Earlier this year, the island of Cape Breton on Canada’s Atlantic coast marketed itself as a tranquil refuge for Americans seeking to escape should Mr Trump capture the White House.
Officials for the Canadian ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.
It’s not just Canada who could be preparing for a deluge of Americans. Google Trends shows the searches “Move to Australia” and “Move to New Zealand” have spiked over the past few hours.
For Australia, most inquiries are coming from Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, Washington and Virginia. For New Zealand, most searches are originating in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Missouri and Virginia.
Clearly, there’s a bit of a theme here. Since Colorado, Washington and Virginia all popped up twice, and they all voted for Hillary Clinton, we’re guessing those plotting their escape are Democrats.
God Save the Queen, I say! See Happily tugging my forelock: the Queen at 90.
Before the 2000 presidential race, the popular and electoral vote had been split three times — all in the 1800s. Here’s the full list that Hillary Clinton is now poised to join:
- Andrew Jackson in 1824 (lost to John Quincy Adams)
- Samuel Tilden in 1876 (lost to Rutherford B. Hayes)
- Grover Cleveland in 1888 (lost to Benjamin Harrison)
- Al Gore in 2000 (lost to George W. Bush)