US President-elect Donald Trump will implement his promises of change that won him the election by papering over all the scandals that have surrounded his name on the campaign trail. However, this does not mean that he will deliver all his electoral promises, domestic or international, because there will be a huge difference between Donald the candidate and President Trump. The business tycoon who plastered the gilded letters of his name on buildings, casinos and resorts has reinvented his image from The Donald brand to the Mr. Trump brand in preparation for the world’s most powerful job. Donald Trump has taught the elites who mocked him a tough lesson and used populism to exact his revenge. He has given the protest vote a new face as he challenged the political and business establishment. Trump toppled two families that nearly became ruling dynasties, the Bushes and Clintons. He forced the major two parties, the Republican and Democratic parties, to check their assumption that they had a right to dominate the US political process and forced them to engage in serious soul searching. Trump exposed pollsters and the media, most of which sided against him by default, ashamed of the idea of a man like him becoming president. Trump relied on his arbitrariness, stunts and shock tactics to bedazzle supporters and awe opponents. Yet ultimately, Trump’s winning ticket was not the majority Electoral College votes he secured, but his profound understanding of the American people’s thirst for any kind of change. So what kind of change will the president-elect bring to the home front and the international arena? Will Trump’s presidency be autarchic, like his march to the White House had been; or will the president turn against his own character as candidate and mogul, after hearing classified national security briefings and the closely guarded secrets of the ruling establishment?
The election practically served as a referendum on the performance of the incumbent president, Barack Obama, and on a third term for the Democrats under former secretary of state and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. It may be possible here that the involvement of Barack and Michelle Obama in Hillary’s campaign backfired in this context.
The distrust felt toward Hillary Clinton as a result of the FBI’s investigation into her email scandals was also a key factor in the elections, along with the history of scandals and corruption allegations surrounding the Clintons.
Some say that America’s whites decided to revolt against the election of their country’s first black president, Barack Obama, and his African and Islamic routes, by rallying behind Donald Trump’s racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Hispanic rhetoric.
Actions speak louder than words
Donald Trump has explained his foreign policy priorities, many of which sidestep assumed constants of traditional US thinkingRaghida Dergham