There is a great deal of shock at the final result of the 2016 US presidential election this morning. Instead of a woman who was vastly qualified for the position, a man with microscopic political experience, and with a string of scandals to his name won on a platform that is repulsive, he began by calling Mexicans rapists and called his abuse of women “locker room talk”.
“Trump was not elected on a platform of decency, fairness, moderation, compromise, and the rule of law; he was elected, in the main, on a platform of resentment. Fascism is not our future—it cannot be; we cannot allow it to be so—but this is surely the way fascism can begin” (New Yorker, 9th November 2016).
This result fills me with fear for what the next chapter looks like for America. Barak Obama will exit office on the 20th January, and I dread to see what will happen after this. After a president that was admired worldwide, the American electorate has now chosen to elect a man endorsed by the KKK. It is chilling to reread this endorsement from the New Yorker today and to know what that an opportunity has been lost.
In the coming days, there will be a great deal of analysis of this result but an early sum up of the possible reasons can be found on the Guardian site today. What a Trump presidency will look like remains to be seen but one thing is clear, in the fight for equality there is still a long road ahead.
(Image Credit: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/24/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-cnn-poll-2016-election/)