The US Election

Shalapata-HeaderThe United States electoral process has taken its course and Americans have spoken. Donald Trump, as unbelievable as it may be, will be the 45th president of the US. It didn’t take long for the Clinton supporters to begin their rhetoric in the wake of the very close loss to Trump. Nor did it take the poor winners long to gloat in the aftermath of the election.

And, I am only talking about Canadians.

Clinton and Trump both received over 59 million votes from the American electorate. Actually, Clinton garnered almost 200,000 more votes, at last count, but given the US Electoral College, a lot of ballots cast just didn’t count. That should be kept in mind before observers slip into the lazy generalities of asking, “What happened, America?”

The self-proclaimed pundits are taking to social media to register their displeasure with the outcome.

“I reassured one daughter last night that Hillary would win because Americans aren’t really that stupid. Boy, do I feel stupid,” wrote the news director for Blackburn News, Adele Loiselle, on Facebook. She’s condemned an entire nation for exercising their right to choose their leader just because it doesn’t coincide with her own sensibilities. We can only be glad that Loiselle has no real power or influence.

Get ready for more of that in the coming days.

Trump did what Ross Perot could not. It wasn’t the case of being a billionaire, which countless headlines are screaming this morning. It was more to do with being an outsider and giving the electorate the choice of making a change (which did not happen with Barak Obama), or leaving things the same, regardless of which party won. Trump has upset the two-party apple cart.

The other story is that Republicans have taken control of both the House and the Senate. Although they technically share the same party with Trump, there are many in both chambers who do not support him, outside of the Democrats. Trump’s more outlandish endeavours will be tempered by the elected representatives, who hold the real power in the US.

That tempered response is already in evidence as Trump thanked Clinton for, “… a very, very hard-fought campaign … we owe her a major debt of gratitude [for her service].”

Obama congratulated Trump on his victory. As have Justin Trudeau and Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader is looking forward to working with Trump to rescue, “… Russian-American relations from their crisis state.”

Despite their possible personal views regarding Trump, their graciousness in leadership is in marked contrast to the just completed election cycle. The election didn’t create divides in the US; those have always existed; more so since 1963. The election just quantified the divisiveness.

That is the real story. And, it will be the test of Trump’s administration over the next four years.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata