October 6th, 2016
We asked Vietnamese denizens what they thought of Trump and Clinton.
Last month, our editor-in-chief Louie Nguyen visited Saigon. He asked a great many Vietnamese denizens what they thought about the U.S. Presidential election. Below are the responses he received for your viewing pleasure.
Majority for Hillary
84% of the denizens Louie spoke to supported Hillary. This is not surprising, given that Hillary has a history of charming Vietnam.
She toured Vietnam in 2000 and established amicable relations both as first lady and Secretary of State.
Many female denizens cited her as an inspiration for working women. Others hoped that since she is a Democrat, she would be more likely to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership that would benefit Vietnam.
Those opposed to Hillary cited her alleged lack of sincerity.
Mixed Feelings About Donald
Only 16% denizens support Trump. This is not surprising either, given Trump’s stance on foreign policy. For starters, Trump’s opposition towards the TPP makes him a direct threat to Vietnam’s economic growth. He described the agreement as a “horrible deal” that would primarily benefit China. His plans to build a wall blocking off Mexico also led some denizens to believe he was unstable (for the lack of a better translation).
Denizens also did not take too lightly to his description of his battle with venereal disease in his twenties as his “personal Vietnam.” “One man had a particularly harsh comment about Trump,” muses Louie. “He called Trump an obese orangutan who would ruin the world as President.” The ones who supported Trump admire his business acumen and bluntness.
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