Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Russia Is Gripped By President-elect Trump
Olga Zeveleva, Politico: Trump fever grips Russia
Watching the US elections in Moscow.
MOSCOW — As exit polls from the American presidential elections rolled in, I was making my way from London to a snow-covered Moscow to visit my grandmother. What I saw when I got there surprised me: Russia was gripped by election fever. The U.S. was entering a new era, and Moscow wanted to go along for the ride.
For three days I watched as state television covered the intricacies of the U.S. election as if the rest of the world was on hold. I talked to students who could not concentrate on anything but Donald Trump. Professors told me it had become impossible to teach their classes. Family members, not usually so opinionated, suddenly started using words like “racism” and “sexism.”
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WNU Editor: I can attest to this "Trump fever" in Russia. Once in a while I am a guest on a Russian radio station in Moscow where I talk about Canada- U.S. trends and news. On election night I went out, got back home, saw what was happening in the election, made a post on the election for this blog, and went to bed at around 1:00 AM. I got a call at 4:00 AM from the radio station's producer in Moscow if I wanted to go on the air ASAP to discuss what happened. I expected a short ten minute discussion .... and that's about it. I was wrong .... the station was deluged with phone calls, everyone was talking about the election, and I in turn found myself on the air for about 4 to 5 hours. The same the next day .... the same the next day after that. This is in sharp contrast from earlier this year, where little if anything was known about Donald Trump ... .and when I wanted to discuss the reason why Donald Trump was successful in winning the Republican primary .... this same Moscow radio station producer did not care. The times have certainly changed. I expect this "love affair" with President-elect Donald Trump will fade with time .... but for the moment he is in the limelight in the Russian public's eye.