Trump elected US president, reactions

This video from the USA says about itself:

9 November 2016

We just handed over almost complete control of America to a fascist. Cenk Uygur, Jimmy Dore, Ana Kasparian, Aida Rodriguez, and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

By Joseph Kishore in the USA:

Trump’s victory and the debacle of American democracy

9 November 2016

The victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election is a political earthquake that has exposed before the entire world the terminal crisis of American democracy. Such is the degeneration of bourgeois rule that it has elevated an obscene charlatan and billionaire demagogue to the highest office in the land.

Whatever conciliatory phrases he may issue in the coming days, a president Trump will lead a government of class war, national chauvinism, militarism and police state violence. In addition to the executive branch, all the major political institutions in the United States—including both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court—will be in the hands of the far right.

Under Trump, America will not be made “great again.” It will be driven into the dirt.

Media commentators, none of whom foresaw this outcome, fell back on now routine explanations focused on the voting patterns of various racial and identity groups. They all ignored the fact that the election became a referendum on the devastating social crisis and decay in the United States, which Trump was able [to] channel and direct to the right.

Who and what is responsible for the victory of Trump? First, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, which was unwilling and incapable of presenting a program that could attract any significant popular support.

Clinton waged her campaign on the lowest and most reactionary level. She combined claims that Trump was an agent of Putin—aimed at creating the framework for aggression against Russia—with denunciations of the working class as racist and “privileged.” …

The Democrats and Clinton were hoisted on their own petard. They not only lost in regions that are predominantly poor and white, but also suffered from a decline in voter turnout in majority black regions, as African-American workers and youth saw no reason to back the candidate of the status quo.

The coming period will be one of shock, outrage and increasingly bitter struggles. It will not take long for workers, including those who voted for him, to realize what they have in a president Trump. At the same time, the explosive divisions within the state apparatus expressed in the election will emerge in new and more violent forms.

From Our Revolution (of Bernie Sanders):

Our Revolution Statement on Election Results

November 9, 2016

“Tonight’s election demonstrates what most Americans knew since the beginning of the primaries: the political elite of both parties, the economists, and the media are completely out of touch with the American electorate.

“Too many communities have been left behind in the global economy. Too many young people cannot afford the cost of the college education. Too many cannot afford basic necessities like health care, housing, or retirement.

“Those of us who want a more equitable and inclusive America need to chart a new course that represents the needs of middle income and working families. The most important thing we can do is come together in unity and fight to protect the most vulnerable people of this country. Just like we did yesterday, Our Revolution will be on the front lines of the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal tomorrow morning. We will do everything in our power to ensure that the president-elect cannot ignore the battles Americans are facing every single day.

“Tonight Donald Trump was elected president. Our job is to offer a real alternative vision and engage on the local and national level to continue the work of the political revolution in the face of a divided nation.”

Now That Trump Won: 10 Plagues Unearthed by This Election We Need to Face. AlterNet weighs in on the worst of what comes next now that Donald Trump has won the presidency: here.

WTF USA? Shock and Horror as Donald Trump Wins Presidency. Far-right candidate plunges world into despair as billionaire television personality wins nation’s highest elected office, by Common Dreams staff: here.

Trump Won. Now We Organize to Block Him, Every Step of the Way. Progressives must unify to halt a slide into authoritarianism. A visionary left is better suited to lead this mission than routed establishment Democrats, by Kate Aronoff: here.

AND THE CANADIAN IMMIGRATION SITE CRASHED ON ELECTION NIGHT For no reason at all … but Lin-Manuel Miranda reminded the country why that’s not the right attitude. As did Jonathan Chait, who wrote: “Forget Canada. Stay and fight for American democracy.” [Jesselyn Cook, HuffPost]

In Florida and Beyond, Complaints of Voter Intimidation and Other Problems Roll in. Tuesday, 08 November 2016 00:00: here.

HOW ALL THE POLLSTERS AND FORECASTERS GOT THIS WRONG So very wrong. Howard Fineman breaks down how 2016 became another “Dewey defeats Truman” moment for the media. [Natalie Jackson and Ariel Edwards-Levy, HuffPost]

And here’s what newspaper front pages around the world look like this morning after Trump’s surprise win.

5 thoughts on “Trump elected US president, reactions

  1. Wednesday 9th November 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    MEXICANS and Muslims will be at the sharp end of communities afraid for their future in light of Donald Trump’s election as US president.

    Many women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities will also be apprehensive after hearing the vile, crude gibes employed by the billionaire bully.

    Some commentators highlight Trump’s different tone taken in his acceptance speech, with platitudes about being president for all Americans, as though willing Trump to come into line.

    This desire regards political normalcy as the target for all politicians, although it lies in tatters today.

    Trump’s election isn’t alone in pulverising this discredited thesis. Britain’s referendum decision to leave the EU has similar aspects.

    Both campaigns were derided by Establishment politicians and liberal media outlets from the outset.

    Those whose votes secured the election of a self-styled outsider as US president and said No to membership of an unaccountable, institutionally neoliberal, bureaucratic EU superstate were demeaned as racists, xenophobes and idiots by liberal elites unable to believe that their conventional wisdom had been spurned.

    Polling organisations’ failure to foresee the result of either phenomenon illustrates an inability to identify or empathise with those who have had enough and want something better.

    There will certainly have been racists, xenophobes and idiots involved in both campaigns just as there were backing Clinton and Remain.

    Insulting voters for their temerity in disagreeing with a business-as-usual agenda in these terms breeds resentment and makes political revolt more likely.

    When defamatory name-calling is conjoined with efforts to dress up the Establishment choice — whether Hillary Clinton or the EU — as the “progressive” alternative, self-delusion takes over and assumes Emperor’s New Clothes dimensions.

    Those reacting to Trump’s misogynist, xenophobic and Islamophobic barbs fell too often into the trap of portraying Clinton as an antidote to his poison.

    In reality, her unrestrained appetite for sending US bombers overseas to annihilate countless people to impose Washington’s writ shatters any image of enlightened humanity.

    Similarly, while proclaiming feminism to justify fighting to be the first female US president, her unprincipled attacks on women reporting sexual harassment by her husband weakened any claim to sisterhood.

    Clinton’s supposed attachment to African-American rights was also illusory, as even Barack Obama couldn’t arouse mass enthusiasm for her candidacy, which was lampooned as “Black Votes Matter” rather than “Black Lives Matter.”

    Senator Bernie Sanders exposed these contradictions while struggling for the Democratic nomination, but the power of the machine, exemplified by the role of ex-officio superdelegates, steamrollered Clinton to victory at the party convention.

    Had Sanders won, opinion polls have shown consistently that he could have trounced Trump.

    Former president Bill Clinton deployed the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid” to paint himself as the candidate most in tune with working people seeking to improve their living standards.

    Millions of working-class US voters have seen closed factories, lost jobs and plummeting living standards as their material basis for voting Trump because of his pledge to overturn free trade deals championed by Clinton.

    Will Trump honour this pledge or be able to carry it through Congress?

    Time will tell, but the possibility exists that those who backed him on this issue will mobilise seriously to insist that there is no backtracking.

    The genie of working-class revolt, albeit scarred with unattractive features, is out the bottle and may not be so easily restrained again.

    Cross-party neoliberal consensus is crumbling in the US, in Britain and across Europe too, which demands a socialist intervention.


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