The Republican, Democrat, now reborn Republican president-elect, Donald J Trump, shocked the world by winning the US presidential election. The surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton at the hands of such an outrageous candidate has thrilled millions, yet has plunged many others into despair and anger.
After an excruciating campaign Trump displayed a a glimmer of diplomacy:“Just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us, it’s about us.Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together.”
Trump’s campaign was based on a very real understanding of how far to deliver an insult. His attacks on Hillary Clinton, his bullying manner, appalled many, but galvanised a disenchanted support.
In the second cringing presidential debate Hillary Clinton appeared certain she would win:“It is just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”
“Because you would be in jail,” threatened Trump.
His blunderbuss approach took in Mexicans, women, and President Obama. He accused the US media of bias and claimed the former first lady and secretary of state jeopardised US security, the so-called ‘emailgate’ “Instead of being held accountable, Hillary is running for president in what looks like to many people a totally rigged election. The election is being rigged by corrupt media, pushing false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect Hillary Clinton president,” he said.
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In June the Washington Post reported that “Russian government hackers” had accessed the servers of the
Democratic National Committee.
Clinton spoke to the media: “I’m really concerned about the credible reports. About Russian government interference in our elections. We’ve never had a foreign adversarial power, be already involved in our electoral process with the DNC hacks. We never had a nominee of one of our major parties urging the Russians to hack more.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, expert at keeping a straight face, simply batted away the notion, then twisted the knife :“Is there anyone who really thinks in full seriousness that Russia is capable of influencing the choice of the American people somehow? America is not a banana republic, is it? America is a great power. If I’m not right, please correct me,” said Putin.
As news filtered through that the unthinkable had come to pass and Trump had won the Democrats went into mourning.
Clinton addressed a red eyed audience:“We have seen that our country is more deeply divided than we thought but I still believe in America.Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
Eight years after electing America’s first black president
billionaire Trump is running the show.
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