‘Divided’ States of America

11/08/16 was the date of ‘historic’ presidential elections in the USA. Its main contestants were Hillary Clinton as a Democratic party nominee and Donald J. Trump for Republican side (just for the sake of not being an ignorant it is worth mentioning here there were other nominees as well, like Dr. Jill Stein, Gery Johnson and other). These elections were extraordinary for these few reasons at least: the pre-election fight and presidential debates were harder and dirtier than ever before, two main candidates really did not hold anything back in the usual three debates; both campaigns were intertwined with affairs of considerable impact, some made public thanks to Internet-savvy people around the globe; if Hillary had won, she would have been the very first president-woman in the history of USA, on the other side Trump would become the first president, who did neither hold any political office, nor served the US army prior to being elected.

If you followed the election night as the votes were being counted, you know it was a nail-biter (I believe it was more convenient to follow for us Europeans, because the final result had not been known before the morning of 9th November of our time, which was around 3AM for East Coast). But anyways, we all now know how it has ended – Donald Trump has won and will become 45th president of United States in the January 2017. Yay for him!                                                               Or not?

Do you know what had happened in just a few days after the election of Trump?  Trump received calls and congratulations from Obama, Putin and other heads of states from around globe. Hillary Clinton publicly conceded, but the faith of a large part of the world in Hillary winning was so strong that stocks went down immediately after her loss. Many politicians who were clearly opposing Trump before elections started backpedaling in their rhetoric and all of a sudden they are praising him for his campaign, ideas and overall political prowess. Why didn’t they stand their ground and their word? I would say it is much easier to go with the flow and get on the good side of soon-to-be-president-of-the-greatest-superpower-nation Trump. But more interestingly, the very next evening after the election night massive protests have erupted across the whole USA. People in the streets with signs saying “Not my president!”, violent outbreaks, damages both on health and property of people, angry tweets coming from the new president-elect. Canadian immigration site crashed just hours after election results due to the overload of people (sources say number of users more than 10-times exceeded the usual traffic, at least half of it were connections from inside USA [1] ) browsing information how to become a Canadian citizen or actually filling up the application form. Some other immigration sites were experiencing unusually high traffic as well, along those were New Zealand or UK [2].

People are angry and afraid what Trump will do to USA during his “reign”. I would like to share my prediction of Trump’s presidency, because I believe it can go much smoother than his opponents predict.

Clearly american people wanted change. Trump is not a politician (well at least he wasn’t till these elections) and I think this can work to his advantage, bring a fresh breeze into high politics and shatter laws and protocols that are part of the system, but do not work. He may take bolder statements and do resolutions other politician would never do, because they are set in their ways.
Many suggested he is acquainted with Vladimir Putin and therefore pro-russian. I do not believe they share a deep bond, but I sure hope he is more pro-russian than previous US presidents. It brings me hope US-Russia relations could get warmer in the next four years, there has been too much tension (Crimean resolution, Ukraine crisis,  Syria, NATO expansion to Eastern Europe, you name it). I do not want another world war and I am counting on Trump in this.
And what about his talks about Mexican wall, deporting immigrants, cracking down on Muslims? Being a president of United states does not bring one a free will to do whatever one wants. There are mechanisms, which ensure this does not happen. Trump was boasting in his pre-election campaign and I do not blame him. Candidates need strong mottos and vision to get to the White house. But now that he is in there, Trump will have to behave more like a head of a great nation. So he will either simply forget about some of his pre-election promises or fulfill them only partially.

For these main reasons I think Trump can become a good president and actually do something good. Yes, he has a big mouth, tells things as they come to his mind and is somewhat unpredictable, but this can work to his advantage. Let’s hope in president Trump, he deserves a chance.

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/canada-immigration-website-crash-was-due-to-unusually-high-traffic-from-the-us_uk_582462cfe4b09d57a9ab8313
[2] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37932921
Title image belongs to Jason Heuser (http://sharpwriter.deviantart.com/art/The-Donald-605337203)

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