Dugdale comments on US election result

Commenting on the US presidential election result, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:

“Like countless people in Scotland, the UK, and across the globe I watched with great sadness as the results from the presidential election came in.

While we must all respect the result of this democratic contest, today is a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality.

Donald Trump was responsible for a hate-filled campaign that was dominated by lies, misogyny and racism. As president-elect, he now has a responsibility to America and the world to heal the deep divisions he has caused.

Across the US, there will be women, gay people and Muslims who will now be incredibly worried about the direction of their country, but there will also be countless working-class Americans who will be hurting today. They all need reassurances that I very much hope will be forthcoming from the Republican Party.

I was a great admirer of Hillary Clinton, and campaigned for her in America so I personally feel heartbroken by this result. I believe Hillary would have been a great president – the most qualified female presidential candidate ever has been defeated by the least-qualified male candidate ever.

But the United States and Scotland share a rich history and friendship between our people. That will not be swept away by one election result.”

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7 thoughts on “Dugdale comments on US election result

  1. Did the “Dugdale Factor” play a part? Let us hope not.
    What we do know that Clinton was DOOMED as soon as “Jonah” McTernan showed up.
    Was Foulksie there as well? Never one to miss a Freebie, oor George !

    In that case, double doomed!

  2. Clinton was well in the lead before Dugdale and McTernan decided to poke their noses in.

    Coincidence? I doubt it.

    1. and our fm who has made it quite clear what she thinks of it along with alec salmond better hope trump has not read alecs book and eck claims they were on that good terms Donald offered to endorse him at the 2011 election was politely turned down then along came windfarms

  3. Why does Ms Dugdale think gays should be worried by Mr Trump? Of all the mud thrown at him to make him appear like Hitler (including a woman on the BBC this morning saying that Trump is anti-semitic….when his son-in-law is Jewish!), I have yet to come across the charge that he is homophobic. Perhaps someone could point me to the evidence for this?

    Also, what, exactly, did Mr Trump lie about? Evidence, please?

    Ms Dugdale also says that Trump’s campaign was racist (and implies, by extension, that so are all the people who voted for him). Again, some evidence (and, no, tweets by David Duke don’t count).

    Ms Dugdale claims that there will be ‘countless working-class Americans who will be hurting today’. Again, where is the evidence for this? It seems more likely that the millions who have been put out of work because their jobs have been shipped to Mexico, the people on the bottom who find themselves having to compete with illegal immigrants to get a job, and the vast numbers of folk in the Rust Belt who voted for Mr Trump, will be rejoicing today rather than hurting.

    I find Ms Dugdale’s statement to be hysterical, ignorant, mean, and deeply insulting to those who voted for Mr Trump – and in doing so, she is, irony of ironies, practicing exactly the type of divisive behaviour she is accusing Mr Trump of. There is a word for that: hypocrite. Moreover, she gives the distinct impression of someone who is completely out of touch with the working classes she purports to represent – rather like her heroine Hillary, and rather like her Party generally. Labour is doomed, and, with people like Ms Dugdale who appear to despise people who don’t share the same views as them, it won’t come a moment too soon.

  4. I never thought I would see anyone going over board like that I believe our fm said today she was also there Hillary won the popular vote but trump won the election he has to be given a chance he appears to be saying American jobs for American people and tackle immigration the wall that struck a cord with people and he is not a politician he will be now maybe it should have been Bernie saunders his comments regarding women were a disgrace the immigration comments were similar to those about immigration made during brexit and that result is a disaster for the uk where the same arguments were used I wonder if nigel had a word and both Scottish channels carried film of recent past statements about Donald trump by kezia dugdale Nicola sturgeon and alec salmond who went after Donald in his book alec also gave an interview in whitch he was on good terms with mr trump indeed at the 2011 election mr trump offered to publically endorse alec before windfarms arrived alec now thinks Donald only made the lock her up and build the wall comments amongst others were only made to get elected we will see

  5. In general, I strongly agree to this point of view. Donald Trump has neither the qualifications nor the experience for the office of president.
    Even more importantly, he lacks the representation of basic and important values such as the mentioned compassion, tolerance and equality.
    I do have some reservations about Clinton as well. However, compared to Trump I definitely saw her as the more qualified, more suited and generally more desirable candidate.
    The fact that this many people supported Trump and his ideas gives much more a statement about the modern American society which is actually the one to set the direction of their country.

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