As the U.S. woke up Wednesday to the news that Donald Trump had triumphed in a majority of the states up for grabs in the Super Tuesday contests, the wider world also woke up to the prospect of a man whom some consider a demagogue occupying the world's most powerful political office.
In Europe, the media has met the news of Trump's successes with a mixture of disbelief and anger. Britain's Financial Times described Trump as a “promoter of paranoid fantasies, a xenophobe and an ignoramus,” as well as a man who embodies all the qualities that could bring the greatest republic since Rome to an end.
The U.K.'s left-leaning New Statesman magazine took a less confrontational look at the GOP front-runner, branding him a “disruptor,” in the vein of Uber and musing on whether he could do to Hillary Clinton what he has done to the Republican establishment.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also weighed in on Trump's candidacy, saying that the outspoken businessman's success in the Republican nomination contests was “frightening.”
"I get really anxious when I think that policy is being made by Twitter feed … Those that shout loudest do not necessarily deserve to be heard the most," Blair said, according to CNBC.
In addition, an editorial published in the Irish Times said that Trump's rise was leaving things looking bleak for Republican America.
Germany's Deutsche Welle last month said that the country would say “nein” to what it described as the “laughing stock” that was the GOP front-runner. In addition, the influential German magazine Der Spiegel recently ran a cover story describing Trump as the “world's most dangerous man.”
In Israel, writer Ari Shavit asked in the newspaper Haaretz: "Why is it that what’s going on in this election campaign hasn’t happened in any election campaign in the last century? What enables a brilliant, dangerous, repulsive, rude clown to take one step after another toward the White House?"
In the Americas, former Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa branded Trump a danger to the United States, in a commentary published before Trump's Super Tuesday victories.
“[The U.S.] is a country that is too important for the rest of the world to have in the White House a clown, a demagogue and a racist like Mr Trump,” he told a news conference in Madrid.
However, while the party nomination contests play out over the coming weeks, one thing seems certain: The U.S. electorate's entertaining of Donald Trump's candidacy has caused disquiet among sections of society abroad in the same way it has in the United States.