KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – Donald Trump could rise to the most powerful position in the United States and the world, but would not have survived the sifting that politicians in St. Vincent and the Grenadines go through, and, therefore, would not have become head of government here, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said.
Gonsalves comments came as he responded to questions on the rise of the far-right internationally and the implication for Caribbean nations, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Over the past few years, right-wing governments have come to office in the United States, Brazil, the Philippines, and political observers say right-wing policies are on the rise in a number of countries across the world.
“I could tell you this. Donald trump could not have been elected prime minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines because we have a party system which sifts people, twist you inside out and there are people who would be saying — one or two people with money already tried to get themselves catapulted into office you know. But ordinary people twist them, sift them, and, finally, they say to themselves, ‘fool a talk but nah fool a listen’,” he said.