French press review 7 June 2016
Can Donald Trump grow from "perverse" Republican nominee to President? And what about the bumpy road that awaits Hilary Clinton as allegedly divided Democratic party heads into Super Tuesday.
The right-wing publication repeats the question political pundits are asking about Donald Trump's prospects after he garnered enough votes to win the Republican presidential primaries.
According to Le Figaro, judged as not very credible just a year ago, the tycoon prevailed by capitalizing on the strong anti-system sentiments sweeping across the United States.
His fortunes have changed says Le Figaro, adding that now that he is annointed by the heavyweights of the Republican party he stands neck and neck with the Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton in some opinion polls, according to Le Figaro.
Norman Ornstein, a respected researcher at the conservative think-tank the American Enterprise Institute, who was one of the rare political scientists who took Donald Trump seriously due to the what he called "the state of ideological decay of the Republican party", told Le Figaro there will be nothing perverse if the billionnaire wins the White House.
In today's editorial, it argues that Trump is his own worst enemy, as it remains to be seen if he can improve on his character and polish his rhetoric, which has made him the laughing stock of political observers. Even so, Donald Trump managed to prevail, appearing as an authentic candidate, straight-face American.
The left-leaning newspaper claims that "Donald Trump boosted his candidacy by fanning the flames of anti-Muslim sentment and hatred, and by championing the course of the Khu Klux Klan".
According to Libé, despite securing enough delegates to win the Democratic party's nomination, nothing has gone as Hillary Clinton expected, including her "weakest popularity ratings ever.
For the left-leaning publication, she enters the last stages of the primaries under a salvo of criticism, fired by Trump and especially by her Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders whose campaign, according to the paper, "has exposed deep rifts within the Democratic party.
Libération said that supporters of the Vermont Senator are "dragging their feet to endorse the former Secretary of State". This, after Sanders reportedly made it clear that "it will not be up to him but to Clinton to convince democrats to vote for her".
Furthermore, Libération says " it will be in Hillary's interest to get tough and turn the vote into an anti-Trump referendum" and prove to voters in swing states still traumatized by the Bush-Gore election in 2004 that their voice counts.
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