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2016年7月25日 (月)

米大統領選 党の亀裂深めたトランプ指名

The Yomiuri Shimbun
GOP deepens party rift with Trump nomination for presidential election
米大統領選 党の亀裂深めたトランプ指名

Can the U.S. Republican Party heal its rift to win the November presidential election and hold power for the first time in eight years? This can be described as a launch with many issues remaining.

Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate at the party’s convention, setting off a full-fledged campaign against Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state who will be the Democratic candidate.

In his acceptance speech, Trump said, “The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents is that our plan will put America first.” He vehemently presented his inward-looking attitude by setting a high value on the national interest while dismissing globalism.

It is worrisome that Trump once again clearly showed his isolationism and populism by stirring up the public’s anger and fear.

Trump insisted that he will build a border wall to stop illegal immigration, while demanding that immigration should be immediately suspended from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism. “I will restore law and order to our country” through these policies, the nominee said.

Trump expressed his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, describing the free trade pact as something that “will make America subject to the rulings of foreign governments.”

Could it ever be possible for the United States to shut itself behind closed doors to ensure economic development and safety at a time when more and more countries are engaged in free trade and international cooperation is urged in monetary policies and countermeasures against terrorism?

Personal attacks

When it comes to Clinton, Trump presented his rival as a symbol of the existing establishment and criticized her for allegedly causing chaos in the Middle East and terrorism as secretary of state. “We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore,” he said as justification for his personal attacks and his crude comments and behavior.

A business tycoon running a hotel chain, Trump has no political or military experience. He will definitely aim to win support as an outsider from a wide range of voters, including some Democrats and political independents, during the presidential election, just as he did in the primaries.

It is a grave situation that the internal split was clearly visible at the Republican National Convention, even though it was supposed to serve as an opportunity to confirm unity. The gathering was boycotted by many of the party’s heavyweights, including former U.S. President George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, the nominee in the 2012 presidential election.

In the vote to nominate the candidate of the Republican party, candidates other than Trump won as much as a combined 30 percent of the delegates, because mainstream candidates competing against the billionaire in the primaries and others refused to support him even after they accepted defeat and dropped out of the presidential race. There undoubtedly remain some emotional divisions caused by mudslinging severe enough to have candidates reject each other’s personal character.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was nominated as Trump’s vice presidential running mate. Pence has extensive political experience and enjoys solid confidence from the Republican mainstream, but we cannot expect that he will be able to unify the party.

Trump’s campaign team issued an apology over plagiarism in the speech delivered by his wife, Melania, at the convention. Policies and comments by the candidate and those close to him will be put under stricter scrutiny in the coming months. We wonder if his team can secure specialists in each field on its own.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, July 24, 2016)


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