I realise that Dopers have discussed this (and know their stuff), but I still wanted to make a plea from abroad.
It’s vital to vote in the mid-term elections because of the effect it will have.
Firstly Trump is a terrible example to the rest of the World:
- he lies constantly
- he shows contempt for women, blacks, Muslims, gays, immigrants, Democrats, Mexico, Canada, the European Union etc.
- he shows support for Putin, North Korea and the KKK
- he makes snap decisions to withdraw from carefully negotiated international treaties
- he starts trade wars
- his lying pomposity got him laughed at the United Nations
and so on.
Secondly his success encourages other demagogues e.g. in the recent Brazilian election the new President Jair Bolsonaro believes:
- immigrants are “the scum of humanity”
- men and women should not receive the same salaries, because women get pregnant
- no father is ever proud of having a gay son
- the military dictatorship (was) a “glorious” period in Brazil’s history
Bolsonaro has stated that Congresswoman do Rosário was “not worth raping; she is very ugly”.
Brazilian homicides hit a record high of 63,880 last year…Bolsonaro’s solution is zero tolerance. He has called for police to use more lethal force and wants to relax gun laws so that average citizens can defend themselves.
Naturally Bolsonaro is a great admirer of Trump.