A Donald Trump supporter on Monday’s Q&A rejected suggestions the President-elect had won on the back of racial resentment, while another described the billionaire as an “appalling human being”.
On a night where panel members did not hold back, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was the only one who — perhaps understandably — trod lightly when speaking about Mr Trump.
Despite Mr Trump’s sexist comments towards women, Trump supporter and political analyst Helen Andrews said there were reasons why polls showed a majority of white female voters had supported him.
“On the Bill Clinton meter of pathological serial sexual predation, Donald Trump barely moves the needle,” she said.
“At a time when Manhattan real estate was a boy’s club, he appointed women to run his construction sites. He appointed the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign, a shattering of the glass ceiling every bit as impressive as Hillary Clinton.
“He has raised his daughter to be just as much of a businesswoman as either of his sons.”
RMIT international political expert Joe Siracusa said many women thought Mr Trump was “talking trash” and overlooked his comments due to other problems they faced.
Professor Siracusa labelled Mr Trump “an appalling human being” and said he had cultivated a voter base sympathetic towards conspiracy theories.
“He’s as dumb as Ronald Reagan and meaner than Richard Nixon,” Professor Siracusa said.
“But I accept he had a base out there. And they were conspiratorial alright, they thought professional wrestling was real and the moon landing was a fake.
“I doubt Kmart would hire him the way he talks.”
During the program, Mr Joyce repeatedly pointed out that circumstances in the US were different to those in Australia.
But he also condemned Mr Trump for “utterly inappropriate” comments about women.