First let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I am an 18-year-old white man living in the Bristol area and therefore just missed out on voting in the UK election last year despite learning a lot about it through the use of social media. Now more than ever, teenagers have access to all the information about the election without being able to be involved in it.
My experience with voting.
From a UK perspective, the US election almost seems like a parody of itself. I am constantly bombarded by the latest news of what weird thing Donald Trump has done now or what weird meme pops out of it. The theories of Ted Cruz being the Zodiac Killer and Hillary Clinton's strange vines seem hilarious from an outsiders perspective but do provide a worrying glimpse into the world of American politics.
UK politics doesn't focus on being gimmicky and trying to create these relatable issues like Clinton's attempts to be 'down with the kids' that just seem to be trying too hard to desperately grab the Millennial vote and memes such as Cruz as the Zodiac Killer just seek to tell me that even US citizens notice the parody that the election is creating.
From this outside perspective, the candidates just seem to have no idea whats going on and even beg the question 'are any of them even good for America?'. One troubling thing element I see is Donald Trump's popularity in the polls, who I first thought was running for a joke. But that joke has gone on a little too long now. Some of the promises he makes just make no sense or are downright wrong and his supporters are troubling as well.
Some of their reasons for wanting to follow Trump's plan to build a wall around Mexico don't even make sense.
Should the vote really be trusted to people who can't even formulate strong opinions? The US election doesn't necessarily directly effect the UK, but does anybody want to see a world leader who seems downright racist at times?
My opinion on this strange situation across the Atlantic rests in the candidates absurd nature, who almost seem to be caricatures of politicians, written by a comedian on Saturday Night Live to pull some cheap laughs. Do we really want to see any of these characters as President of the United States?