Australian National University political analyst Dr Norman Abjorensen yesterday said: “Even the most impartial observer would think Donald Trump as president is a little bit scary.”
Dr Abjorensen said Mr Trump might look a lot different if he won the keys to the White House.
“It is too early to say what he would be like as president because in order to get the nomination you have to take an extreme position,” Dr Abjorensen said.
“He has been trying to rouse the party faithful. Once he has the nomination he would be likely to swing back to a more moderate position.
“I think we would be seeing a more moderate and chastised Donald Trump in the White House, if he got there.”
Lowy Institute executive director Dr Michael Fullilove warned: “The words ‘President Trump’ should give Australians pause.
“Mr Trump reflects few of the values that have made America great. And judging from his speeches, he fails to see the advantages that flow to his country from being at the center of the global liberal order.”
He said a Trump victory would also undermine the ANZUS security alliance.
“He seems positively allergic to Washington’s military alliances, which is a problem for a US ally such as Australia,” said Dr Fullilove.
Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from Sydney University’s US Studies Centre said that if Mr Trump became president then “all bets are off regarding US Australia alliance”.
He questioned whether allies would be prepared to take part in military exercises if America had a commander in chief who was more likely to escalate a situation, such as a friendly fire accident, rather than seek a diplomatic solution.
He said Mr Trump’s isolationist views on trade and migration were “an absolute disaster”.
“This is the type of talk you would expect from someone in the 1930s. He is an egomaniac who thinks he can solve all sorts of global problems but what happens when that is not the case? Will he escalate the situation?” he said.