Pres­i­dent Donald Trump. Let it sink in

The elec­tion of Donald Trump as pres­i­dent of the United States has stunned the world and shown how dif­fer­ent that world is per­ceived from much of Amer­ica.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION -

We can only hope that a Pres­i­dent Trump is more thought­ful, in­clu­sive and re­spect­ful of the Con­sti­tu­tion than Can­di­date Trump, who was dis­mis­sive of the con­cerns of mi­nori­ties, dis­re­spect­ful of women and scorn­ful of those who dis­agreed with him. We ad­mit we are wor­ried.

But the na­tion’s vot­ers have spo­ken. A deep dis­af­fec­tion with the sta­tus quo runs not only through the heart­land but much of Amer­ica. We need to un­der­stand it bet­ter. So do lead­ers of both the Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can par­ties, many of whom did not see this com­ing.

Hil­lary Clin­ton could not es­cape the email scan­dal of her own mak­ing or over­come the chants of “lock her up” that be­came the mantra of Trump crowds. It is a hum­bling les­son for the Demo­cratic Party, a crush­ing blow to Pres­i­dent Obama and a vic­tory for Wik­ileaks and the Rus­sian hack­ers who helped un­der­mine Clin­ton’s cam­paign. Books will be writ­ten about the ef­fects of FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey’s re­open­ing of the email in­ves­ti­ga­tion at a time when Clin­ton was soar­ing in the polls.

Now we wait — and lis­ten. The con­cil­ia­tory tone of Trump’s vic­tory speech overnight may sig­nal that hav­ing achieved power, the pres­i­den­t­elect will adopt a more states­man­like be­hav­ior com­men­su­rate with the power vot­ers have given him.

It’s a new day. We need to hold true to our val­ues and hope for the best. This is, af­ter all, still Amer­ica.

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