It was unbelievable when the social and mainstream media all over the world began airing the breaking news of Donald Trump’s victory in the most contentious US Presidential elections in recent years. The world stood still as it was announced that Donald Trump would be the 45th President of the United States. At 70 years old, he will be the oldest American person to assume presidency.
After a vituperative campaign that awed the world and well-regarded polls forecasting that Hilary Clinton was going to win the elections, I was among many who couldn’t believe what had happened.
Many had predicted a victory for Clinton in the polls. Many didn’t ever envisage an America voting for such an erratic, contemptuous and bigoted fella. Even supposed “Men of God” such as our own TB Joshua also joined in the flurry of predictions in Clinton’s favour. The prophet known to make predictions of current events, curiously after such an event had occurred, decided to come out openly this time around and before the event. With his prediction, many discerning individuals who have had their suspicions of him and regarding him as a charlatan can now be rest assured.
Without a doubt, the American businessman, reality television personality, chairman and president of The Trump Organization, is currently the most popular man in the world right now. With his victory announced, various anti-Trump protests have broken out in various parts of the US with #trumisnotmypresident trending. In Nigeria, many of us were dazed at Trump’s victory. It wasn’t a hidden fact that majority of us were rooting for Clinton for reasons best known to us. During the campaigning, even our revered Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, succinctly stated that he was going to tear his American passport if Trump won the elections. In Onitsha however, majority of the people there were celebrating Trump’s victory. Perhaps, this is not unconnected to Trumps hint on his support for the actualization of a Republic of Biafra.
While Americans and the world as it were are divided over Trump’s victory, I feel the man will disappoint and please many by not delivering on many of his campaign promises. Trump won the US presidency on a combination of a whole lot of factors. Being an (political) outsider, seemingly championing “White Supremacist” ideals, antipathy toward Muslim immigration, his positions in opposition to illegal immigration and emphatic tax cuts catapulted him to the Oval office. All these factors including his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, his view on border security, especially his proposed deportation of all illegal immigrants and the proposed construction of a substantial wall on the Mexico–US border at Mexican expense, earned him support especially among white blue-collar voters and voters without college degrees.
However, in his victory speech, a critical look at his demeanor gave a hint of the disappointment that is to come. Many people were expecting a venomous and vociferous speech. Surprisingly however, he acted cool, calm and “Presidential”, even thanking and glorifying Clinton for her years of selfless service to the US. When asked by one of his supporters in the audience if he was going to jail Obama, his response was that of indifference. I believe much of his campaign promises wouldn’t be feasible as the US is a country which has established institutions that works. Undoubtedly his personality and temperament might prove inimical to certain policies but all in all, the established institutions would intervene and mitigate some of his policies that might be detrimental to the US.
My fear and worry is that since the 1920s, never has an American President been opportune to have the kind of carte blanche Trump would have. The US Congress (i.e. the Senate and House of Representatives) are dominated by Republicans. In essence, this means President Trump would have a complete freedom and authority to act as most of his policies could be rubber stamped. My other worry is President Trump’s foreign policy approach and relationship with other Presidents, Heads of State and world leaders.
He has shown his distaste for the Iran nuclear deal, his designation of China as a currency manipulator (it will be hard to imagine that China wouldn't seek retaliation in some way against any negative measure by the Trump Administration), his negative attitude towards longstanding US strategic alliances with European countries, Japan and Korea. All these could threaten to create a greater political uncertainty around the world and may even prompt an arms race entailing greater proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Surprisingly, Vladimir Putin was the first world leader to congratulate Trump on his victory. Both sworn enemies, Russia’s use of its veto power in the UN Security Council has forestalled an end to the Syrian war. The ghost of the Cold War still haunts both countries. Perhaps, this is an indication that there would be an enhanced and better relationship and cooperation between both leaders and countries in the future. North Korea is currently a pariah country but Trump has indicated his willingness to talk to Kim Jong-un. Perhaps a compromise can be reached on its nuclear weapon development and a much better relations with its South Koreans neighbors facilitated by Trump.
Forebodingly however, there might be an escalation of violence against blacks from now on. Illegal immigrants in the US, especially Africans and Latin Americans should be wary of tighter and strict anti-immigration laws targeted at them. Days of roaming and working in American cities and towns unfettered might soon come to an end. For Muslims already in the US, Muslims planning on going and those from Arab countries or having a Muslim names, background checks, physical checks, stereotyping would soon be a regular occurrence. Obamacare would be annihilated. Homophobia will be on the increase. The US gun laws if it had any hope of being repealed, just died with the election of Trump. In any case, congrats to Donald John Trump the 45th President of the US come January 20th 2017.
Written by Abdulsalam Jubril
You can follow me on Twitter via @Abdul_Jubril
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