Despite flaws, Clinton is clearly the better choice

In these uncertain times, the candidate of the Democratic Party at least offers continuity of policy, incremental reform and cooperation and inclusiveness

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 November, 2016, 4:24am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 November, 2016, 4:24am

Americans are not especially enamoured with either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to be their next president. A lack of trust, furthered by a bitter election campaign and scandals, have left unfavourable opinions, particularly among millennials. In the eyes of the nation and world, perceptions of the US and the democratic system it is so proud of have been damaged. But there is no choice other than the two candidates for voters today and for all the doubts, the best to opt for is obvious.

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That choice is the Democratic Party’s Clinton. She would be America’s first female president if elected, boosting the cause of equality of the sexes. But that alone is not a reason to vote for her. Her presidency would represent what the world’s leading economy and top military power and the international community most need in these uncertain times: continuity of policy, incremental reform and cooperation and inclusiveness.

East Asians share that view, with a South China Morning Post survey showing 76 per cent of people in China, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea would vote for Clinton if they were eligible. Their support is understandable given her decades-long experience in public office as first lady, a senator and secretary of state.

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The Republicans’ Trump has no such understanding, nor does his character or temperament suit him to mend a yawning political divide or be the person in control of the US’ nuclear deterrent. His campaign has been marked by fear, racism, misogyny and hatred; he would put up walls against trade and migration, not accept defeat and if elected, has promised to put his challenger in jail.

Not all of what Clinton stands for can be supported. Her views towards China have earned her a measure of scepticism; that is why in our survey, 39 per cent of Chinese did not back her. Although she weathered the FBI’s review of her personal emails, her lack of care has left questions. Her experience counts, though, and she can use it constructively to improve ties. Clinton is all that Trump is not.