I maintain, as I have since the beginning of the two-candidate campaign, that Clinton is the better candidate for Americans, and Trump the better candidate for the rest of the world. As a self-interested non-American, my instinct is therefore to root for Trump despite my belief Clinton will win. However, I can hardly blame any self-interested American for preferring Clinton over Trump.
And just as I feel that considering La Riva or Stein might be better presidents than Trump or Clinton is a low bar to clear, I still fully believe that saying Trump or Clinton would be better than the other is a low bar to clear—no matter which of the two you prefer. They're two of the single most despicable people I've ever seen thrust so close to power, and the very fact American democracy allows either of them within grasping distance of it is proof positive, in my view, that American democracy is broken, possibly irreparably.
The primary reason I still feel Trump is the better candidate for the rest of the world is that Clinton, sadly, still maintains an air of respectability around her. It's undeserved, it's unwarranted, but it's there. If Clinton wins, the rest of the world is very likely to, at least for the next four years, write Trump off as a fringe occurrence, and once more bury our collective heads in the sand thinking that scary though he was, sanity prevailed in the end.
Clinton is not the sane choice, though. She's just as dangerous as Trump—perhaps more so, on the pure basis that she's found politically-expedient ways to hide the same agenda Trump boasts openly. Which, again, makes her the better choice for Americans: she might wreak havoc, but she'll do it slowly and methodically, carefully weighing every option to ensure she maintains the illusion of sanity Trump lost long ago. This means less short-term pain for America: and as a result, longer-term suffering for everyone, and everything, America hurts.
I don't want that. I want America to stop doing all it currently does to harm others. I want America to stop bolstering despotic regimes whose interests align with American hegemony. I want America to stop using drones to drop bombs on children in developing countries. I want America to stop obstructing meaningful international efforts towards peaceful solutions to difficult problems, to stop obstructing action combating climate change, to stop obstructing the right of people around the world to self-determination of their own destinies. I want America to stop pushing international agreements like the TPP that grant profit-hungry corporations extrajudiciality at the expense of the wellbeing of the peoples and the environments they want to exploit.
There is no candidate who wants to do all of this. If there was, I would support that candidate. But it wouldn't matter, because Americans, by and large, wouldn't. And why should they? Americans benefit from being the world's only superpower; they benefit from the exploitation of others. In the absence of a peaceful, democratic solution to the problems posed by America in the world today, then, I feel the best result is the one which causes the most destruction to America's global reputation, to America's ability to maintain its standing in the world, in the shortest period of time. And between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the latter is that result.
As I say, I can't blame Americans for not wanting what I want. I can't blame Americans for picking the lesser of two evils for them, even if she is the greater of two evils for others. But that doesn't mean I have to be happy about the result.