Donald Trump What the heck just happened in America?

Donald Trump is President-elect of the free world. His victory has left the rest of the world in shock

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Trump and VP Elect Mike Pence play Trump and VP Elect Mike Pence
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There are those times when nothing seems to make sense in the world, no matter how hard you try to rationalise them.

Like, what the hell just happened in America?

Donald Trump’s election as the next President of the United States of America will go down in the ‘makes-no-sense-no-matter-how-hard-you-try’ column—at least for the moment.

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Trump not only surpassed the magical Electoral College threshold of 270, he also nailed the popular votes, racking up wins in key battleground States of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

He was practically on a roll as vote numbers tumbled in.

Donald Trump greets wife Melania at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8, 2016 play Donald and Melania Trump (AFP)

 

Democrat Hillary Clinton should be forgiven if she feels hard done by.

The former Secretary of State was winning on the scorecard of most pollsters in the run up to the presidential contest.

Clinton was the saner of the two flawed candidates on the campaign trail. Like a bad coin, her deleted E-mails kept coming back as she ran the length of the country to seek support from voters.

But juxtaposed with a man who vowed to build a wall to shut out immigrants, who detested Muslims, who made a boast out of grabbing women by the pussy, who has no love for immigrants, Clinton was the Saint here.

play Trump and Clinton (Reuters)

 

Or just maybe we weren’t paying enough attention to the Trump support base—the far right, supremacist, gun-wielding, alpha male bloc for whom this victory will be sweet music to the ears.

Or maybe the liberal media misled us—feeding us on a daily diet of Hillary Clinton's victory at the opinion polls.

If there’s one thing Trump’s victory has taught us, it’s that opinion polls don’t tell the entire story. Heck, opinion polls don’t tell any story.

Trump was as divisive as they come, insulted everyone, denigrated women, boasted about dodging taxes and mocked disable people.

He was as far removed from the values of a decent society in the 21st century as anyone can be. He resided in an alternate universe.

Trump ran a business empire built on fraud and exploiting all loopholes there were.

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Trump was the con artist no decent person wanted in the Oval Office. On the campaign trail, he was unabashedly crude and rude.

On the debate stage, he vowed to lock up his opponent.

He incited hate and racist sentiments.

Trump flirted with Russia and Vladmir Putin and invited Russia to interfere in his country’s election.

All of those Trump flaws will now take residence in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

America may just have elected a monster; one ready to be unleashed on the rest of the world.

There’ll certainly be no place for the third world in Trump’s foreign policy documents.

A man you can bait with a tweet will be in charge of the nuclear codes of the most powerful nation in the world.

Or maybe he’ll turn out a great President and we’ll all chew on our humble pies.

Except that Michelle Obama warned us that the White House doesn’t change who you are—it reveals who you are.

Or just maybe the joke is on us for believing that Trump stood no chance from the outset.

There are just those times when nothing seems to make sense in the world, no matter how hard you try.

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