By Andrew Bolt AUSTRALIA is bracing for the arrival of the new US president in the White House, with questions being raised about his racism.
But it’s not just the “white” side of the political divide.
Many Australians believe there are a number of differences between Mr Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama, and some are saying he will be a far worse president than Mr Obama.
The ABC spoke to two prominent Australians who said they would not support Mr Trump for the next four years.
The first was former Liberal MP Chris Hipkins, who says Mr Trump would not be the “best person to run the country” and would be “unsuitable” for office.
“The problem is, he’s going to be a racist, and he will want to make the country racist again,” he said.
Mr Hipkins is one of several Australians who have spoken out against Mr Trump’s election and his appointment to the top US post. “
And it’s very important that he doesn’t.”
Mr Hipkins is one of several Australians who have spoken out against Mr Trump’s election and his appointment to the top US post.
The former MP was one of a group of prominent Australians that called for Mr Trump to resign over the election of the “alt-right” anti-immigration figure.
“It’s not surprising that he has a racist agenda,” Mr Hipkin said.
“[He] has a bigoted agenda.
He’s going into a country that is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of immigration and it’s just not something that we can tolerate in the US.”
Mr Trump has a long history of racially charged remarks, including calling Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals”, and has also been accused of calling Mexican-Americans criminals.
But Mr Hip, who was born in New South Wales, says Mr Obama was a “fantastic president” and has been “the most popular president of our time”.
“We had two presidents, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, that had an equally great presidency, which is why they were able to take so much credit for their achievements and so much pride,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Weekend Breakfast program.
“He’s a great man, he has done good things for Australia, he is a great leader, he did an extraordinary job. “
“But we need somebody that is not going into the White [House] in that manner.” “
Mr Obama won re-election in 2008 with a margin of 61.5 per cent of the popular vote, despite Mr Trump leading in some battleground states by as many as 50 per cent. “
But we need somebody that is not going into the White [House] in that manner.”
Mr Obama won re-election in 2008 with a margin of 61.5 per cent of the popular vote, despite Mr Trump leading in some battleground states by as many as 50 per cent.
Mr Hip said he was “deeply disappointed” with Mr Trump.
“I think he’s the worst president we’ve had, period,” he argued.
“There are plenty of things he’s done for our country that I’d like to see that he would be proud of.”
The ABC has contacted Mr Trump, his transition team and the Whitehouse for comment.
Mr Trump was not available for comment when contacted by ABC Radio’s Weekend Breakfast, but did say on Twitter he was pleased to be “winning again”.