BY SAVANNAH PRESCOTT
The United States is on the world stage on social media, news stations and magazines with the general election less than a week away.
At Drake, students from across the globe view American politics from a different angle, one that looks at the U.S. from the outside in.
Valentina Keller is a student from Germany who believes this election will have a worldwide impact. Her main concerns this election are health care, free college education and climate change.
“I do care about this election because it also influences other countries according to who is going to be president,” Keller said. “It will affect me indirectly because of the international relations between my country and the USA, I guess. But it will really affect me in the sense that if (Donald) Trump wins, he will probably try to seize power and I am scared of his impact on the world.”
As a Drake student, Keller sees a difference between German and American politics.
“There is this stereotype about German people that we are very correct and serious, which I think are good qualities in terms of politics,” Keller said. “I agree with Bernie Sanders because he said that politics is not like watching ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ I trust politicians in Germany more than American politicians who seem to be kind of corrupt, but not all of them, of course.”
If Keller had the opportunity to vote she said she would vote for Hillary Clinton over Trump.
“I think that both candidates are not really good choices, but … I would definitely vote for Hillary Clinton because she is not as insane and un-serious as Donald Trump,” Keller said. “I would argue that he is crazy because he is very racist and misogynistic and does not believe that climate change is happening right now.”
Phong Ly, a first-year public relations major from Vietnam, finds the hate directed towards Clinton interesting because he believes Trump lacks the typical characteristics of a president.
“I think that it’s a pretty interesting election year so far,” Ly said. “Personally, I don’t have a problem with Hillary Clinton but it’s very interesting to see how much hate she’s getting right now. On the other hand, I don’t see Trump as presidency-worthy. The way he speaks his mind is too much. He sounds like an upset 10-year-old kid to me.”
In Vietnam, elections are different in regards to political parties, Ly explains.
“Back home we only have one political party, but we have multiple candidates to choose from that are similar, but different from each other at the same time,” Ly said.
After graduation, Ly plans to look internationally for a job.
And although he doesn’t see the election as affecting him too much while he remains in the U.S., Ly thinks it could be influential later on.
“I don’t think it would affect me that much as a student, but when I start to look for jobs and going to other countries it may affect me then,” Ly said.