Opposition Leader Mia Mottley says there is an important political lesson, not only for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, but for all political leaders arising out of Tuesday’s presidential elections in the United States.
“It cannot be business as usual in the manner in which we represent our people and govern our countries,” she said.
In a brief statement Wednesday evening, Mottley congratulated US president-elect Donald Trump of the Republican party, saying “the voters of America have spoken clearly that they are fully supportive of the ideal of making America great again.
“It is clear that people want to be more involved in decisions that affect them and to be able to benefit from the creation of wealth in the country in which they live. This is a feeling that is being expressed all across the western world,” she added, while stressing that “people are demanding more and better” from politicians.
Given that the US has been one of Barbados’ closest neighbours, she also wished Trump well with his presidency, saying, “a stronger America portends well for a stronger hemisphere and a stronger Caribbean”.
Wednesday, BLP Chairman George Payne, who supports Trump, also hailed his stunning victory in the elections, saying he was hopeful that Trump could make a meaningful contribution to Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean.
Payne, who said today he had a sleepless night celebrating the real estate mogul’s win, said he did not believe Trump could do any worse than his predecessors, contending that none of them had ever contributed to the region.
“At least you have a new man in the White House and you have someone who has never been tested before politically. Notwithstanding how he has been branded, he now has a responsibility to show his true colours and to prove people wrong. So, even if he is a racist he is going to do a lot for people in the Caribbean,” he told Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the presentation of computer tablets by the Aron and Christina Foundation to students of the A Dacosta Primary in his St Andrew constituency.
Payne argued that if Clinton had succeeded in becoming the first female US president, there would have been a continuation of what has always transpired in the treatment of small island states by the US.
The veteran politician admitted he had a challenge convincing his friends that Trump would come out victorious in the presidential race.
However, he said although the reality television star did not seem to go into the election as a popular candidate, because of his stance on important domestic and international issues, he was convinced the American people would have given him the nod.
On the way to capturing the needed 270 electoral college votes, Trump secured some crucial battleground victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, capturing several “blue” states that had successfully ushered President Barack Obama into the White House in 2008 and 2012.