Reverberations will ultimately depend on what Trump enacts

EDITORIAL

The greatest political upset in the history of the United States has stunned media and pollsters, and left much of the world apprehensive. It seems unbelievable to many, but Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States.

Against the vast majority of predictions, Trump won the key battleground states of Ohio and Florida, and captured former Democratic ones like Pennsylvania and even left-leaning Wisconsin. At the end it was a clear and indeed comprehensive victory.

Trump’s win is being attributed to a “whitelash” from disgruntled, white working-class Americans — and the small but decisive polling misfire to an inability to forecast their large turnout in key states.

There are clear similarities with Britain’s Brexit vote. A vast disaffected group is revolting against inequality and what they see as a liberal, educated and smug elite. And like Brexit, the consequences of this vote will reverberate for years to come — how much so dependent on just what of Trump’s policies he decides to push through (perhaps playing the Stones’ “You can’t always get what you want” after his victory speech yesterday was a first message in this regard).

For Hillary Clinton it was a sad end to a distinguished and sometimes brave political life, and the US must wait for its first woman president.

Many expect markets will fall further in coming days. There are fears already-difficult geopolitics involving Russia and China will worsen if Trump continues to be as bellicose as he has been on the campaign trail.

There are some in this country who will be pleased that the TPP trade deal now looks dead in the water. They will not be so pleased if a trade war breaks out, as that would really harm this country.

With majorities in the House and Senate, Trump will not face the difficulties that Barack Obama did. He has a huge opportunity to affect things like the US Supreme Court where a vacancy exists.

Trump says he wants to be President for all Americans. He has a lot of healing to do first with women, Hispanics and blacks, all of whom voted against him.

The greatest political upset in the history of the United States has stunned media and pollsters, and left much of the world apprehensive. It seems unbelievable to many, but Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States.

Against the vast majority of predictions, Trump won the key battleground states of Ohio and Florida, and captured former Democratic ones like Pennsylvania and even left-leaning Wisconsin. At the end it was a clear and indeed comprehensive victory.

Trump’s win is being attributed to a “whitelash” from disgruntled, white working-class Americans — and the small but decisive polling misfire to an inability to forecast their large turnout in key states.

There are clear similarities with Britain’s Brexit vote. A vast disaffected group is revolting against inequality and what they see as a liberal, educated and smug elite. And like Brexit, the consequences of this vote will reverberate for years to come — how much so dependent on just what of Trump’s policies he decides to push through (perhaps playing the Stones’ “You can’t always get what you want” after his victory speech yesterday was a first message in this regard).

For Hillary Clinton it was a sad end to a distinguished and sometimes brave political life, and the US must wait for its first woman president.

Many expect markets will fall further in coming days. There are fears already-difficult geopolitics involving Russia and China will worsen if Trump continues to be as bellicose as he has been on the campaign trail.

There are some in this country who will be pleased that the TPP trade deal now looks dead in the water. They will not be so pleased if a trade war breaks out, as that would really harm this country.

With majorities in the House and Senate, Trump will not face the difficulties that Barack Obama did. He has a huge opportunity to affect things like the US Supreme Court where a vacancy exists.

Trump says he wants to be President for all Americans. He has a lot of healing to do first with women, Hispanics and blacks, all of whom voted against him.

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Peter Jones - 2 years ago
Your pony lost. Suck it up.

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