PARIS ‘Catastrophe’, ‘tragedy’: World media reacts
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.”
“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
US President-elect Donald Trump greets supporters after speaking at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York yesterday.