US rivals use toxic election to pour scorn on American democracy

Commentators from Beijing to Tehran swipe at Trump and Clinton’s ‘ugly’ campaigns
Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on November 8, 2016. A nervous world turned its gaze to America's 200 million-strong electorate November 8, 2016 as it chooses whether to send the first female president or a populist property tycoon to the White House. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian dolls depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on sale at a gift shop in Moscow © AFP

Two days before US voters headed to the polls, Dmitry Kiselev, a television star and chief Russian propagandist, had already drawn his conclusions on America’s presidential election.