WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan24) – In an interview with Kurdistan24, an experienced Kurdish journalist who had been observing the American election from the capital said Donald Trump’s victory marked a historic moment.
Noreldin Waisy, a graduate of Journalism from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, said Trump’s victory was “a stunning event.”
“The same way Obama’s election eight years ago made thousands of people across the globe shed tears in excitement, Trump’s victory is a stunning event in world history,” he stated. “It was an unexpected win.”
Waisy pointed out that American media followed a strong campaign to discredit Republican candidate Trump, but they failed to damage his popularity.
“It was Trump who could bring Republicans to power, despite the fact that several powerful figures in the same party refused to endorse him,” Waisy said.
“A new era in America and the world has just begun. He will be a powerful president and will make big changes,” Waisy predicted.
The Kurdish journalist also referred to the fact that despite all the insults the candidates had offered each other during the presidential race, they respectfully accepted the results and showed support afterward.
Trump’s speech after his victory was more inclusive of the American diversity, and he proved the campaign rhetoric would not be the same as his presidency, Waisy elaborated.
The Kurdish-Canadian who has devoted most of his life to journalism clarified that while most American elites supported the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the masses believed Trump would be more effective in securing their country and improving the economy.
“President Trump is different from the candidate Trump. His victory will bring about significant change in America and the world,” Waisy said.
“In contrast with his predecessor, he will be more firm in the Middle East in dealing with terrorism and countries like Iran,” he continued.
Relying on his entrepreneurship experience, Trump would be able to improve American economy as well, Waisy predicted.
Speaking about the election results and the Kurdish questions, Waisy said this was the first time Kurds had been part of the American presidential election debate.
Both candidates Clinton and Trump expressed their support for the Kurds during the Presidential race.
Waisy explained that in the past two decades, Republicans’ policies had benefited Kurds.
“In 1991, it was President Bush who ordered a no-fly zone in Iraq. In 2003, his son toppled the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Republicans have also had harsher treatments with Iran and other such countries,” Waisy said.
Thus, he concluded, Republican’s overall strategies and leadership have been closer to Kurds and their leaders.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany