Many Europeans seemed surprised and in some cases stunned Wednesday over Donald Trump’s emergence as the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States.
The business mogul and television celebrity all but locked up the Republican nomination with his victory in the Indiana primary Tuesday that was followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and then Ohio Gov. John Kasich ending their campaigns.
“Trump’s foreign policy ideas seem so diffuse and erratic," Thorsten Hasche, a political scientist at the University of Goettingen in Germany, said in an interview. "The prevailing fear is that America would be more isolationist with a President Trump and European countries would have to do more on their own for their own defense.”
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, long an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, bashed both political parties for nominating presidential candidates more unpopular than “Dumpster fires.”
In a barrage of tweets and a 1,500-word Facebook post, the freshman senator attacked Trump and Hillary Clinton as examples of how Democrats and Republicans have failed most Americans in the presidential race. He also called for a third-party candidate to enter the race and act like an “adult.”
“Washington isn’t fooling anyone — neither political party works,” Sasse wrote on Facebook. “... They’re like a couple arguing about what color to paint the living room, and meanwhile, their house is on fire.”
You can't say it doesn't sting. California's role as the closing prize of the primary campaign season has been sundered by little Indiana, where a sweeping victory handed the title "presumptive Republican nominee" to Donald Trump.
Gone are visions of GOP candidates chowing down at In-N-Out, walking the beach in their oxfords, pretending to understand the innards of high-tech inventions in Silicon Valley, gaping at cow herds in the Central Valley and braving the wind-swept cultural wilds of the City by the Bay.
All that, along with the enticing possibility of the first decisive GOP presidential contest here in half a century, was wiped out because of voters in a state California outnumbers by more than 32 million people.
As Bernie Sanders looks toward California to make a defiant final stand, he is bumping up against a dilemma that his campaign has not had to confront in some time.
He is running short on cash.
In no state is money more crucial for a candidate than in California. Its sheer size, in both geography and population, makes running here a ridiculously expensive endeavor. Its media markets are some of the most costly in the world, and candidates who try to sidestep big ad buys typically fail to convey their message to key segments of the electorate.