From August 2016

What Latin Americans Think of Trump

The comments throughout Latin America make it clear that most of the people in the region are terrified by the possibility that he might become president of the U.S. Anyone on the left, naturally enough, dislikes his harsh economic views and find lamentable his threats to discriminate against Hispanics and other minorities.  But it is people in the center-right countries of the region who have rushed to condemn the Trump candidacy.  The principal reason for their hostility is that Trump to them represents the authoritarian populism that has been a part of their recent past – and they do not like it.  Commentators in Argentina, Chile, and Peru have been especially severe in their criticism.  Some think a Trump presidency will set back democracy in Latin America.  What do they think it will do to democracy in the United States?