The New York Times:
President Donald Trump. Three words that were unthinkable to tens of millions of Americans — and much of the rest of the world — have now become the future of the United States. So who is the 45th president of the United States? …After a year and a half of erratic tweets and rambling speeches, we can’t be certain. Here is what we do know: We know Mr Trump is the most unprepared president-elect in modern history. We know that by words and actions, he has shown himself to be temperamentally unfit to lead a diverse nation of 320 million people. We know he has threatened to prosecute and jail his political opponents, and he has said he would curtail the freedom of the press. We know he lies without compunction.
The New Yorker
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American president—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety.
The unthinkable is only unthinkable until it happens. Then, like the sacking of Rome, it can seem historically inevitable. So it is with the global political earthquake that is the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. If he is true to his campaign pledges, which were many and reckless, Mr Trump’s win will herald America’s most stunning reversal of political and economic orthodoxy since the New Deal in the 1930s, but with the reverse effect. It halts the ailing progressive narrative about modern America and the 21st-Century world in its tracks. It signals a seismic rupture in the American-dominated global liberal economic and political order that had seemed to command the 21st Century after communism collapsed and China’s economy soared.
The Washington Post:
We can’t pretend to optimism that Mr Trump will suddenly shape more rational responses to these problems than he offered on the campaign trail, nor that he will discover a discipline or wisdom he has yet to display. Over the course of his campaign, Mr Trump spoke about jailing Ms Clinton, suing women who accused him of unwanted sexual advances, neutering the speaker of the House and revoking press freedoms. He has spoken of creating a super PAC dedicated to political vengeance. He has promised to deport millions, rip up trade agreements, apply religious tests and sabotage international efforts to fight climate change, each of which would hurt many people.
So what happened is the question that many Americans are asking. I for one, have a confession to make. As much as I have blogged and spoken about my total disgust for Trump, I have not been an outspoken proponent of Hillary Clinton. In the 2008 election I was not a Hillary supporter, but was a precinct captain for Barack Obama. He inspired me to become politically active because he generated hope for a brighter future.
Hillary didn’t inspire me to be a precinct captain, or even put a sign in my yard. I wish that Hillary had been more truthful. I am much more tolerant of a person admitting to a mistake than telling a lie.
It was hard for me to accept the idea that our first female President rose to fame as a result of being the WIFE of the President. While I respect Hillary’s right to stay married to Bill after he publicly humiliated her over,and over again, it was hard to feel good about Hillary as a role model for American women. Hillary has known for a long time that she desired to become the first female President. Did she think that “American voters would simply ignore her use of a private e-mail server for top secret documents? Did she think it wouldn’t matter to us that she accepted donations to her private foundation from foreign countries while she was serving as Secretary of State?
Hillary was not a perfect candidate. In spite of her deficiencies, she was by far preferable to the savage Donald Trump. It wasn’t enough to cast my vote for her. I should have been more proactive in my support of Hillary. The American people have spoken, and the idea of “making America great again” is hard to argue with. For the millions of people who want to make America great again,…I do too. For the millions of Americans who feel total despair this morning that Donald Trump will be our next president, I do too. Trump has been a cancer to America, eating away at everything that makes us great. Even with the most potent chemotherapy it is unclear whether we will survive.
Friedrich Nietzsche said: “WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, MAKES YOU STRONGER.” If we survive as a nation the Presidency of Donald Trump, it will make us stronger. We will learn from our mistakes. We will learn how important it is to be strong advocates for the candidates that best represent our values, regardless of their deficiencies. We will not as a people remain ignorant of the danger of candidates running for the highest office in the land. We must hold our politicians accountable. People in America are fed up with the dysfunction and self-serving agenda of politicians from both parties. If we are to regain our position as the leader of the free world, we must seek out leaders that inspire confidence rather than celebrities that promote dysfunction,violence, and divisiveness.