PARIS ‘Catas­tro­phe’, ‘tragedy’: World me­dia re­acts

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE world’s press re­acted with shock at the as­ton­ish­ing elec­tion vic­tory of Don­ald Trump, de­scrib­ing the US pres­i­dent-elect as “dan­ger­ous” and un­pre­dictable. Here is a round-up.

“The US has elected its most dan­ger­ous leader. We have plenty to fear. The peo­ple of Amer­ica have stepped into the abyss. The new pres­i­dent-elect is an un­sta­ble bigot, sex­ual preda­tor and com­pul­sive liar. He is ca­pa­ble of any­thing.” (The Guardian, Bri­tain).

“That wasn’t a cam­paign. That was a na­tional cri­sis. And at the end was the worst pos­si­ble catas­tro­phe: Don­ald Trump is pres­i­dent of the United States. The unimag­in­able has be­come real­ity.” (Sued­deutsche Zeitung, Ger­many)

“Trumpoca­lypse ... Shock. A thun­der bolt. And dizzi­ness at the thought that Don­ald Trump will be un­pack­ing his bags in the White House in scarcely two-and-a-half months. The world’s lead­ing power is from now on in the hands of the far-right. A good 50 per­cent of Amer­i­cans voted in all con­science for a racist, ly­ing, sex­ist, vul­gar and hate­ful can­di­date.”

(Lib­er­a­tion, France)

“Re­venge of the de­plorables. The most ex­tra­or­di­nary pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in mod­ern his­tory ends in hu­mil­i­a­tion for Hil­lary, the poll­sters, and the elites of busi­ness and show­busi­ness as the vot­ers Amer­ica for­got sweep Don­ald to vic­tory.” (Daily Mail, Bri­tain)

“Trump’s vic­tory con­firms the vi­tal­ity of American democ­racy, which has the abil­ity to trans­form it­self con­tin­u­ously, but the vic­tory also pro­duces both in­side and outside the United States a del­uge of un­cer­tainty due to the win­ner’s un­pre­dictabil­ity. Trump has to ex­plain what he wants to do. In the mean­time, the rest of the world has to di­gest what has hap­pened tonight: the peo­ple of the rev­o­lu­tion are knock­ing at our doors.” (La Stampa, Italy)

“An American tragedy.” (The New Yorker, US) – AFP

Photo: AFP

US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump greets supporters after speak­ing at the New York Hil­ton Mid­town in New York yes­ter­day.

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