Tension in the US is extra large in light of the fact that Donald Trump could come to express dissatisfaction with any loss, says Minerva writer Jan Arild Snoen.
– After the election the nation must gather together again, if not then you need at least a clear majority to accept the results, said Snoen to news agency NTB.
Snoen refers to the situation in the state of Florida during the elections in 2000, where Republican George W. Bush won over Al Gore by 537 votes.
– Many thought for a very long time, and some even still do today, that Gore was cheated out of victory. It would be even worse if such a thing were to happen now, says Snoen.
Another example was Republican John McCain in 2008, after being defeated by Barack Obama.
– This was a good example of how to act unified after a defeat. Trump will be no McCain says Snoen, adding that the Democrats will not sit quietly either if Trump wins.
– Many Democrats would wonder if there is something fishy going on here, and it would then be a shock to them as Clinton is leading in the polls, says Snoen.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today