Trump stuns world

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Obituary/worldwide -

WASH­ING­TON — Don­ald Trump claimed his place yes­ter­day as Amer­ica’s 45th pres­i­dent, an as­ton­ish­ing vic­tory for the celebrity busi­ness­man and po­lit­i­cal novice who cap­i­talised on vot­ers’ eco­nomic anx­i­eties, took ad­van­tage of racial ten­sions and over­came a string of sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions on his way to the White House.

His tri­umph over Hil­lary Clin­ton, not de­clared un­til well af­ter mid­night, will end eight years of Demo­cratic dom­i­nance of the White House and threatens to undo ma­jor achieve­ments of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

Trump has pledged to act quickly to re­peal Obama’s land­mark health care law, re­voke Amer­ica’s nu­clear agree­ment with Iran and re­write im­por­tant trade deals with other coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly Mex­ico and Canada.

As he claimed vic­tory, Trump urged Amer­i­cans to “come to­gether as one united peo­ple” af­ter a deeply di­vi­sive cam­paign.

He said he had spo­ken by phone with Clin­ton and they had ex­changed con­grat­u­la­tions on a hard-fought race. Trump, who spent much of the cam­paign urg­ing his sup­port­ers on as they chanted “lock her up,” said the na­tion owed her “a ma­jor debt of grat­i­tude” for her years of pub­lic ser­vice.

The Repub­li­can blasted through Democrats’ long­stand­ing fire­wall, car­ry­ing Penn­syl­va­nia and Wis­con­sin, states that hadn’t voted for a GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date since the 1980s. He needed to win nearly all of the com­pet­i­tive bat­tle­ground states, and he did just that, claim­ing Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and oth­ers.

A New York real es­tate de­vel­oper who lives in a sparkling Man­hat­tan high-rise, Trump forged a strik­ing con­nec­tion with white, work­ing class Amer­i­cans who feel left be­hind in a chang­ing econ­omy and di­ver­si­fy­ing coun­try.

He cast im­mi­gra­tion, both from Latin Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East, as the root of the problems plagu­ing many Amer­i­cans and tapped into fears of ter­ror­ism em­a­nat­ing at home and abroad.

Trump will take of­fice with Congress ex­pected to be fully un­der Repub­li­can con­trol. GOP Se­nate can­di­dates fended off Demo­cratic chal­lengers in key states and ap­peared poised to keep the ma­jor­ity. Repub­li­cans also main­tained their grip on the House.

Se­nate con­trol means Trump will have great lee­way in ap­point­ing Supreme Court jus­tices, which could mean a shift to the right that would last for decades.

Trump up­ended years of po­lit­i­cal con­ven­tion on his way to the White House, lev­el­ling harshly per­sonal in­sults on his ri­vals, deem­ing Mex­i­can im­mi­grants rapists and mur­der­ers, and vow­ing to tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend Mus­lim im­mi­gra­tion to the US.

He never re­leased his tax re­turns, break­ing with decades of cam­paign tra­di­tion, and es­chewed the kind of ro­bust data and field ef­forts that helped Obama win two terms in the White House, re­ly­ing in­stead on his large, free-wheel­ing ral­lies to en­er­gise sup­port­ers. His cam­paign was fre­quently in chaos, and he cy­cled through three cam­paign man­agers this year.

His fi­nal cam­paign man­ager, Kellyanne Con­way, touted the team’s ac­com­plish­ments as the fi­nal re­sults rolled in, writ­ing on Twit­ter that “rally crowds mat­ter” and “we ex­panded the map”.

Clin­ton spent months warn­ing vot­ers that Trump was un­fit and un­qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent. But the for­mer sen­a­tor and sec­re­tary of state strug­gled to ar­tic­u­late a clear ra­tio­nale for her own can­di­dacy.

Trump will in­herit an anx­ious na­tion, deeply di­vided by eco­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, race and cul­ture.

Exit polls un­der­scored the frac­tures: Women na­tion­wide sup­ported Clin­ton by a dou­ble-digit mar­gin, while men were sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to back Trump. More than half of white vot­ers backed the Repub­li­can, while nearly 9 in 10 black peo­ple and twothirds of His­panic peo­ple voted for the Demo­crat.

Trump has pledged to usher in a se­ries of sweep­ing changes to US do­mes­tic and for­eign pol­icy: re­peal­ing Obama’s sig­na­ture health care law, though he has been vague on what he could re­place it with; build­ing a wall along the US-Mex­ico bor­der, and sus­pend­ing im­mi­gra­tion from coun­tries with ter­ror­ism ties.

He’s also praised Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and spo­ken of build­ing a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with Moscow, wor­ry­ing some in his own party who fear he’ll go easy on Putin’s provo­ca­tions. — AFP

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