The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA has been met with a predictably wide range of reactions from local politicians .
Stephen Doughty – the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – appeared to blame American voters – saying said he was “deeply disappointed that the United States has failed to elect its first woman as president. Doughty said the USA had opted for a man who – he claimed – had “dragged the election campaign into the gutter with sexist, racist and divisive remarks.”
Doughty however went on to describe the Presidential Election result however as “a wake-up call for all seeking office or public support that ‘business as usual’ will not inspire those in our societies who feel economically excluded and left behind.”
Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth said “It’s a deeply concerning outcome and I won’t pretend to be happy.
Gething said ” I’m not convinced that this is simply a triumph of anti-establishment politics. There is a huge challenge for progressive politicians across the world to meet.”
He said he hoped that ” Donald Trump reaches out to countries and people within the USA and beyond – however that would require a significant change in approach.”
Penarth’s Conservative AM and Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies said the outcome of the election had been what he called “a bloody nose for the political establishment”.
He said that President- Elect Trump had made it clear that Britain would not be at the “back of the queue” after Brexit – [as his predecessor President Obama had said it would be].
Davies said the UK must now work collaboratively with the new President-Elect “to deliver on the trade deals he has promised for the United Kingdom.” He said America had been a key ally of the UK for many decades, and “we must continue to work together to guarantee the security we have enjoyed since the end of the Second World War.”
The Labour Welsh Government First Minister Carwyn Jones – who is supposed to speak for Wales as a whole – has chosen to deliver a very public snub to President-Elect Trump by not congratulating him on his election.
On the other hand, Vale of Glamorgan Conservative MP and Secretary for State for Wales , Alun Cairns, said “We will do everything to make the Trump presidency a success.”
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood called for “calm heads” and urged that politicians should be “winding down the rhetoric”. Wood said “If Trump wants to do business with the rest of the world, he must row back on the appalling comments we saw throughout the campaign.”
Wood also went to the trouble of posting a jargon-laden message on Twitter – only in English (Wood doesn’t speak Welsh) – further berating the Trump result, but which unfortunately contained a schoolgirl howler which remained uncorrected throughout the day.