The 2016 US presidential election is now history. Businessman and movie mogul Donald Trump has won, becoming the 45th president of the United States of America, and defying global electioneering logic. The odd man out, Trump convincingly walloped career diplomat and seasoned politician Hillary Clinton by a margin that not only defied conventional thinking but proved that the age of the overcoming underdog is well established.
Without gainsaying, this particular election has divided the US more than ever -even more than the contentious Black Lives Matter epithet that reared itself from the excessive force of police brutality against largely unarmed blacks. Of course, it was clearly visible during the bitter campaigns, how the race baiting, hate mongering, misogynistic diatribe from the Trump camp seemed so well balanced against the hyped-up doomsday projections from the Clinton camp of what would transpire if Trump won the US elections. Well, Donald Trump has won. The sky is not falling in. Not yet. But the world is watching with palpitating hearts. And what we are seeing right now is not good for an America that prides itself as the bastion of democracy. The images last night of violent anti-Trump protestors flooded the media networks. People were seen burning objects in the middle of streets, jumping on cars, flogging Donald Trump supporters within full glare of the media. This is not only sad but presents the US as completely hypocritical. Who can the world greatest democracy descend so low and then expect other nations to toe the line when it comes to abiding by the rules and regulations that govern the basic tenets of democracy? In the next few days, months and the remaining four years of Donald Trump’s term, we are watching very carefully how this great nation which considers itself the policeman of the world will juggle its own internal rift, while fighting to maintain a firm grip and position within the geopolitical sphere. Only time will tell.