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Trump's victory shattered expectations

By Sava Hassan | | Updated: 2016-11-10 16:43

Trump's victory shattered expectations

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at election night rally in Manhattan, New York, US, November 9, 2016. [Photo/Agencies] 

Tuesday was a tragic day for all lovers of peace worldwide and for Hillary Clinton in particular. Tuesday marked the death of her dream of becoming the first female president of the US.

Trump’s victory shocked the whole world beyond belief. No one, not even his own party members, expected him to even come close to winning.

Despite accusations of despicable sexual exploits and his divisive statements that insulted every race and women in the US, he decisively won the election.

Until Tuesday morning, most media venues, motivated by the consecutive polls that indicated a sure victory for Clinton, were certain she would triumph and become the 45th president of the US. They were anticipating she would make history by breaking the gender barrier to become the first female leader of the US.

One of the most important lessons that must be learned from examining the results of the American election is the fact that Trump’s win proved beyond any doubt there is a feeling of white supremacy in America.

By going through the numerous analyses of the results of the American election, one can see clearly that most young white American citizens voted for Trump.

Did Clinton’s confidence prompt her to pay less attention to the young, educated white members of both genders? Did her association with the Obama’s administration diminish her chances of winning the presidency? Were Americans too tired and fed up with the establishment to the degree that geared them to look for someone new who was not afraid to defy the political machine?

Despite it being hard to admit, one may wonder about the possibility that American men are too chauvinistic to accept being led by a female president.

For certain, Trump’s victory puts into question every conceivable wisdom and principle of the accuracy of the election polls. One might ask about the possibility that portraying Trump as the underdog in most polls prompted people to rebel against the influence of the media to vote for him.

Examining the reactions of the world to Trump’s win, it is clear that it shattered the expectations of people everywhere. Most people are afraid that the USA is divided beyond repair and may face a period of chaos and uncertainty. The stock market reacted swiftly to Trump’s victory. It became enveloped in a shadow of uncertainty

Going through Chinese media, one can conclude that the majority of Chinese expected Trump to win. They hoped that under Trump, the collaboration between the two major powers would change for the better.

Discussing the American election with some of my Chinese students, I discovered that females supported Hilary Clinton while most males hoped that Trump would win.

Would China’s relations with the USA improve during Trump’s presidency? Most Chinese hope so. However, one can never be certain. Only time will tell.

As for me, a Canadian who resides in China, I felt grave disappointment upon discovering that Trump, despite all his divisive attitude and demeaning treatment of women by regarding them as sex objects, won the presidency.

Nevertheless, my optimism leads me to hold onto a shred of hope that he may acquire the courage to alter his conduct and attitudes after his inauguration.

Sava Hassan is a Canadian Egyptian educator.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and don't represent views of China Daily website.

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