Millions of people in the United States of America, and millions more worldwide, cannot believe let alone understand what has happened here. The polls all pointed to a different outcome, the general opinion seemed to favor the other candidate, the press was predominantly on the blue side. And yet… America shows its true colors. That, at least, is the opinion many hold after this surprising outcome, after Donald Trump won the election to become President of the United States of America. And these true colors are not pretty and bright, they are covered – to put it bluntly – in excrement.
Screenshot Source: Twitter / The Independent
I don’t think this term is too harsh or strong to describe what has happened. The voting public has elected a man who, as The Independent comments, is accused of multiple instances of sexual assault; denigrated in sexual terms his own daughter; insulted countless ethnic minorities and several foreign countries, and advocates physical, sexual attacks against women. He has cheated and lied; his companies have gone bankrupt; he has refused to pay workers a fair wage, or refused to pay them at all; he has damaged the US economy by purchasing from China whilst claiming the opposite. The list could be extended further.
But, even as the immigration website for Canada crashes from the number of people taking their first moves towards running away, it has to be said: this was the choice of the people through their chosen election system. The popular vote might show a different decision, could put Clinton on top, but that is not how the system works, and the American public knows it.
And I don’t think too many people need think about moving to Europe: we’re busy looking after refugees who, through no fault of their own, have had to flee their homes.
- Viktoria Michaelis.