Yesterday was election day in the USA and I put up a post on my blog about it. Well last night we watched CNN, occasionally switch to Fox News, to watch as the results from the Eastern States came in and it was an interesting watch.
CNN actually broke each state down to counties and watching as states numbers changed as various counties declared voting results made for an intriguing night of TV. Some states were firmly in the red corner (Donald Trump) while others were firmly blue (Hillary Clinton) but some fluctuated all through the count from red to blue back to red and back to blue before setting on the final result. Florida was a prime example, the lead switching a few times until late in the night when it finally settled on red.
So the results are all in and Donald Trump is the new US president, and even now his election is polarizing opinions. The fact that both candidates were not particularly liked, Trump has his work cut out now unifying a nation divided. His speech after the results were known was the first time he gave a speech that was something along the lines of presidential rather than just soundbites. Maybe this is the first speech he didn’t actually have any input into and the Republican party gave him the the speech to read.
There is a lot of resentment to Mr Trump here in the USA, he has insulted muslims, women, disabled and immigrants in the race to the presidency so it will be interesting to see how he plans to build bridges with these rather large sections of the US community. One thing I find intriguing is that Donald Trump will now make nominations to the US Supreme Court that could overturn some of the more forward thinking laws. Could same sex marriage be one of those that states look to overturn? The Supreme Court will ore than likely become more conservative in the coming years. But all this probably means very little to the average man on the street but most people prefer to live on a country that is equal for all, or do they?
Now the race is over the next couple of months will see Donald Trump waiting to take office in January and the unknown of what he will do once in office becoming the known. As a recent arrival in the USA I will follow it with great interest and hopefully can continue to give some insight and commentary on it. Politics is changing, the electorate is changing and how polls are being used is becoming outdated. All this make for interesting things.
America missed a chance to elect it’s first female president and it makes you wonder how long till an opportunity to elected a woman to the highest office in the land comes along again. How long did it take Obama to get into office after Jesse Jackson ran for the office? Maybe Michelle Obama will be the first woman to successfully run for president in 2020 or 2024? Just throwing that out there.
There is fear among Americans this morning, especially some of the groups I mentioned earlier, but America and its citizens have been through worse and came out the far side. So maybe the Trump presidency won’t be totally bad but it needs to plot its course carefully so as to bring all members of society on the journey over the next 4 years.
Lots of questions in this post as there is a lot of unknown after last night’s result.
Till next time, Slán.