By Jonathan Walsh,
By Jonathan Walsh,
Rabat – Donald Trump has taken a small step towards becoming the Republican presidential candidate, achieving a resounding victory in the New Hampshire primary last night.
The New Yorker billionaire has never held a political position and was widely mocked when he first announced that he would run for the Republican nomination for President. It appears that New Hampshire Republican voters did not mind this, as Trump turned a strong performance in earlier polls into solid results, gaining twice the number of votes as his closest opponent.
Policies proposed by Trump include building a wall across the US and Mexico border, deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants and, most infamously, a ban on Muslims entering the country.
International communities have universally derided Trump’s views as dangerous and bigoted.
The United Kingdom, historically one of the US’s strongest allies, debated whether to ban the 69-year-old. Prime Minister David Cameron labelled Trump “divisive, stupid and wrong” but added that he should not be banned as “If he came to visit our country, I think he would unite us all against him,”
The Democrats voted for the man who was once considered a wild card candidate. Bernie Sanders defeated Hilary Clinton by a wide margin.
Primaries and caucuses are held state-by-state so that both parties can determine who will represent them in November’s presidential elections.
The New Hampshire primary followed last week’s vote in Iowa, which was the first major electoral event of this year’s presidential nominating process. The Iowa Caucus saw a very different outcome with Hilary Clinton winning for the Democrats and Ted Cruz winning for the Republican party.
Trump was bitter in his defeat and denounced Cruz as having “stolen” his victory.
“Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The eventual outcomes of each party’s nominating process remain unclear. The unpredictable race to find the elect the next US president continues.
Edited by Kelsey Fish