Free and fair elections are one of democracy’s main pillars as is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power. America has chosen and, whether one approves of that choice or not, it should be accepted and respected both at home and abroad.
It is no secret that while I wrote an op-ed in August, 2015 backing Donald Trump to the hilt and supported his bid for the White House during my keynote address to delegates attending the 24th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference held in Washington last year. I felt then – and still do – that a successful businessman would have the skill set to strengthen the US economy, which, in turn, gives a boost to the global economy.
I cannot deny that I was shocked and surprised at his stated intention to bar Muslims from visiting the US (an ill-conceived policy that recently disappeared from Trump’s own website), which forced me to rescind my initial enthusiastic endorsement.
I now believe that once he is in office he will gain a better grasp of issues and a greater understanding of potential consequences. In recent days, he projects a far more presidential persona. His rhetoric is softened and his bearing reflects the seriousness of his aspirations.
Hard fought race
America needs to do some soul-searching to discover why a rank outsider succeeded in surpassing a seasoned politician with decades of experience. The fact is that the system has let down many millions of struggling Americans who on November 8 rejected more of the same embodied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor