Americans aren’t the only people ready for the U.S. election to be over already. Around the world, dictators, strongmen, and other less-than-democratic local leaders have found themselves barely able to contain their contempt for what America’s free and fair process has wrought. Here are five world leaders—and frequent targets of Washington’s scolding—who have spotted a chance to reciprocate.
5. Syria’s Bashar al-Assad: “We have hopes that we can see rational American presidents; fair, obey the international law, deal with other countries according to mutual respect, parity, etc., but we all know that this is only wishful thinking and fantasy.” Sounds like Assad is pulling for Gary Johnson.
4. Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro: "If half the things said here are true, neither can be president of the United States or any other country." To be clear, Maduro was reacting to the first presidential debate—you know, the civil one. Meanwhile, politics in Venezuela—where the Maduro government has quashed efforts to recall him from office, prompting massive street protests and a diplomatic intervention by the Vatican—have become decidedly uncivil.
3. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Asked to pick which candidate he’d get along with better if that person became president, Erdogan insisted: “I’m not falling into that trap.” He then asserted: “The best thing for me is to see the will of the people being served in the United States, the choice of the American people will be the right choice. I believe democracy more than anything else.” More, certainly, than in the contenders themselves. Perhaps he wasn’t so much spotting a trap as he was unable to decide who he likes least: Hillary Clinton, who wants to arm his Kurdish adversaries, or Donald Trump, who wants to ban Muslims from the U.S.