It’s finally official: Donald Trump has the potential to destroy us all.
According to new research from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Trump winning the US presidency is one of the 10 biggest threats facing the world right now.
The EIU claimed that Trump entering the White House would have a detrimental effect on the world’s economy, amplify the threat of Islamic terror attacks and throw a spanner in the works when it comes to trade with Mexico and China.
The Republican candidate is a big danger due to being a “currency manipulator, advocating the killing of terrorists’ families, and proposal to move troops into Syria to fight ISIS and take its oil.
“His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups.”
EIU added: “His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East (and ban on all Muslim travel to the US) would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups, increasing their threat both within the region and beyond.”
The risk and industry analysts used a scale of 1 to 25 to rank danger levels – Trump registered as a 12.
“Although we do not expect Mr. Trump to defeat his most likely Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton, there are risks to this forecast, especially in the event of a terrorist attack on US soil or a sudden economic downturn,” the study concluded.
However, EIU’s research show that Trump is far from the biggest world threat. That honour goes to China experiencing an economic “hard landing”. The 10 biggest threats – with risk rating – are as follows…
1. China experiences a hard landing (20)
2. Russia’s interventions in Ukraine and Syria precede a new “cold war” (16)
3. Currency volatility culminates in an emerging markets corporate debt crisis (15)
4. Beset by external and internal pressures, the EU begins to fracture (15)
5. “Grexit” is followed by a euro zone break-up (15)
6. Donald Trump wins the US presidential election (12)
7. The rising threat of jihadi terrorism destabilises the global economy (12)
8. The UK votes to leave the EU (8)
9. Chinese expansionism prompts a clash of arms in the South China Sea (8)
10. A collapse in investment in the oil sector prompts a future oil price shock (4)