Arabs Have No Great Expectations Of The Next U.S. President

Arabs watching Election Day say there's little difference in either candidate's foreign policy position for their region

"Both are evil," say Arabs about Tuesday's presidential choices — REUTERS
Nov 08, 2016 at 8:10 AM ET

The U.S presidential elections have drawn the attention of many people across the Middle East, with a great number of Arabs convinced that when it comes to their part of the world, neither a Hillary Clinton nor a Donald Trump White House will be good for them.

Vocativ analyzed tens of thousands of tweets posted on Tuesday with hashtags including #TheAmericanPresidency and #HillaryClinton, which were trending across Saudi Arabia and the region.

Exiled Syrian opposition leader Bassam Jaara tweeted: “Trump is a friend of Putin and Hillary is a friend of the Iranians. Which poison will you want for your death, Russian or Iranian?” He added that those who think a new administration would change its position towards Syria were “deluded” and criticized “those who wait for Clinton.” Others wrote: “those who wish for a Hillary Clinton victory like she is the savior of the Islamic nation should check themselves! The killers are the same, I wonder how the victim is happy for the victory of his killer!”

Many echoed the sentiment that “both are crazy” and “two sides of the same coin.” One wrote “the Arabs and Muslims should know that whatever will be the results, this election will be against them for sure.”

Some commenters said they preferred Trump because “an evident devil is better than hidden devils,” a comment repeated by others who applauded Trump for being “frank and not a hypocrite.” “Trump is fighting Islam openly, and Hillary is fighting Islam secretly! All of them are evil and the America policy is consistent, nobody will change it,” said one.

Others wondered “why the Arabs are waiting for the results” in America, saying that “unfortunately we depend on the America presidents,” while others said “don’t wait for a solution from America and don’t count on Clinton or Trump, the solution is in our hands.” Arabs should take care of their own interests “instead of counting on others,” tweeted a former Yemeni foreign minister.

Some seriously hoped that Hillary will be elected “and change the balance of war in favor of the rebels” and take care of Syria “and especially the wounded Aleppo.” A Kuwaiti wrote “Trump is reckless and hates Muslims, and leaning toward Iran. Hillary is more rational and leaning toward stopping the despicable Russian expansion. I hope for Hillary’s victory.”

“Middle East Options”

Who will be the new killer? Trump or Clinton