Many Americans have been surprised by Donald Trump's political appeal and by Bernie Sanders' popularity with young Americans. This article provides a European perspective on politics in America. It argues that America is becoming more like Europe. Young people are disenchanted in Europe and in America, and they view globalization as threat. Immigration has been a problem in Europe for some time and it is becoming a bigger problem in an America that is less protected from immigration by its unique geographic isolation.
The article concludes that America is no longer exceptional but that the world will miss its efforts at being exceptional.