We asked a British expat living in Washington DC what he thinks about the US election


Now that it is less than two weeks until Americans go to the polls, it really feels like we're on the home stretch in the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

So what better time to sit back and take stock of what has been the most bizarre and gripping election we've ever seen. To get a different perspective on the matter we've spoken to Thomas Wade: a British financial consultant living and working in Washington DC, the beating heart of American politics.

White House.
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The election's reach is far beyond the US, consuming all of us as the battle between Hillary and The Donald rages on.

We've heard a lot about what Americans have to say about the election and what we here in the UK think - but how does a British expat living in the States see it all?

What do you make of the presidential election so far?

Trump and Clinton
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What completely baffles me about this election is how Trump and Clinton are held to the same standard, when one is an experienced politician and the other is a sexist megalomaniac.

It's like people freaking out that the new iPhone doesn't have a headphone jack, whilst the Samsung literally explodes.

How does the atmosphere differ to election season in the UK?

Trump supporters
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Everyone is much more engaged, which is great, but there's a weird tinge of violence and insanity over everything. Hysteria? It's a hysterical election. It's lots of people howling at each other in person and online.

It also seems like no one ever changes their mind, and there are no undecided voters. Facebook has become an extremely boring place - it's an echo chamber where people only hang out in the same communities and loudly publish the same articles.

It staggers me that there can be so many articles about the candidates on a daily basis. They can't be that interesting.

It's also worth pointing out that the election season is loooooooooong. The UK feels like a week, but the US goes on for months and months.

Do your opinions differ to the Americans you hang out with?

White House
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I live in DC and hang out with largely young, educated, wealthy, professional white gay men with jobs relating to politics. All of them are naturally Hillary supporters. So am I. It feels alien and bizarre that Trump is even a serious candidate.

However, living in an urban centre makes it pretty easy to forget that you don't have to travel very far into the US countryside to see that every porch has a Trump-Pence sign. The gap between urban and rural feels even more pronounced here than between London and the rest of the UK.

How do you think Trump has gathered so much support?

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It's important to see Trump's rise as evidence of what is typically white, poorly educated and white disenfranchisement. The GOP has a very serious task on its hands to realign its core values.

While Trump might be an interesting case study from a political perspective, the fact that he is the GOP candidate is a sheer horror. It's hard to imagine a worse candidate for president of the USA.

What insider knowledge do you have from living in DC?

Washington DC
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It's clear that the GOP behind closed doors are even more upset about Trump than the public are, if such a thing can be imagined. Trump as candidate is a hot mess and this reflects directly on the GOP.

It's also interesting to see how far removed the presidential debates have become from actual day-to-day policy - instead they have descended into a circus of sound bites and shouting.

DC is different from London and other political capitals because it's such a transient city. People (and particularly interns) ebb and flow with the presidential cycle.

How will you be spending election night?

The clintons
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There will be lots of parties all over the city - I'm hoping there will be some good drinking games.

What do you think the outcome will be?

Hillary Clinton
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Hillary. Hopefully. Trump's recent comments about groping women and disavowal by speaker Paul Ryan was probably the end of his candidacy. Hopefully.

Clinton and Trump
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We await November 8 with bated breath.