[Transcript below the video.]

Question: If you were American who would you vote for?

Zizek: Trump. I am horrified at him. I’m just thinking that Hillary is the true danger. Why? She built an impossible all-inclusive coalition. Look, the one point when I fully agreed with Trump was, you remember, when Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary? He said, Trump – wasn’t it simply true? – he said it’s like somebody from Occupy Wall Street endorsing Lehman Brothers.

Zizek: 'I'm horrified at Trump, but I think Clinton is the true danger' Click To Tweet

In every society there is a whole network of unwritten rules, how politics works, and how you build consensus. Trump disturbed this. And if Trump wins, both big parties, Republicans and Democrats would have to return to basics, rethink themselves, and maybe some things can happen there.

That’s my desperate, very desperate hope, that if Trump wins… Listen, America is still not a dictatorial state, he will not introduce fascism. But it will be a kind of big awakening. New political processes will be set in motion, will be triggered. But I am well aware that things are very dangerous here, not only all this white supremacy groups… But listen, Trump openly said – and as an opportunist he will probably do it – you know how important in United States the Supreme Court is, he’s already said he will nominate right-wingers. So there are dangers. I’m just afraid that Hillary stands for this absolute inertia, the most dangerous one! Because she is a cold warrior, and so on, connected with banks, pretending to be socially progressive.

[As tweeted by Channel 4 News on November 3rd 2016. For a more detailed discussion, cf. The Hillary Clinton consensus is damaging democracy.]


Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst, and a senior researcher at the Institute for Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London. He has also been a visiting professor at more than 10 universities around the world. Žižek is the author of many books; his latest are Against the Double Blackmail and Disparities.

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