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Staying optimistic in the face of the America’s presidential election

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore., on May 6, 2016.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore., on May 6, 2016. Associated Press

I am in Geneva, Switzerland, visiting an old friend and founder of one of the biggest container and cruise ship companies in the world. He built the company from zero to well over 400 ships in 40 years.

Last night, during dinner, he expressed his disbelief at the way some “Americans” support a destructive individual such as Donald Trump. My immediate response was that this kind of reaction is not new, and it has occurred many times both in the histories of Europe and the U.S.

He then asked me if Trump had any chance of being elected president.

Not a chance, I replied.

He paused a moment and then told me he was worried.

To which I replied not to worry, because even though some American voters are blindly ideological, the great majority have a good dose of common sense.

I am an optimist.

Fabrizio Griguoli, Shell Beach

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