Despite the string of sexual assaults against him during one of America’s notable presidential election campaigns, Donald Trump beat all odds to become Americas 45th president after trouncing democrat Hillary Clinton. But his election has received mixed reactions from across the globe including politicians in Uganda who are worried of his ‘bad mouth’.
The campaign was tough, but thought most media polls indicated Hillary Clinton would clinch the key to White House, things turned the opposite way.
Trump during the campaigns, that saw him shuffle three campaign managers, had heavy personal insults on Clinton, he labeled Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, and vowed to suspend Muslim immigration to the U.S. He also made it clear he would build a wall to separate Mexico from America and weed America of illegal immigrants with criminal records.
The celebrity businessman called on Americans to come together and unite in his acceptance speech as he steers to make America ‘Great Again’.
Hillary Clinton called in Trump to concede defeat but will only make public statement later.
Right from the onset of the campaigns, Trump made it clear that the white, working class of Americans had been left behind due to the changing economy. He highlighted immigration as the root of the problems plaguing many Americans including terrorism attacks on Americans.
Clinton spent months warning voters that Trump was unfit and unqualified to be president. But the former senator and secretary of state struggled to articulate a clear rationale for her own candidacy.
The mood at Clinton’s party grew bleak as the night wore out, with some supporters leaving, others crying and hugging each other. Top campaign aides stopped returning calls and texts, as Clinton and her family hunkered down in a luxury hotel watching the returns.
At 2 a.m., Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told the crowd to head home for the night with the race not officially called, but the Democrat’s fate all but certain.
Trump will inherit an anxious nation, deeply divided by economic and educational opportunities, race and culture.
Exit polls underscored the fractures: Women nationwide supported Clinton by a double-digit margin, while men were significantly more likely to back Trump. More than half of white voters backed the Republican, while nearly 9 in 10 blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics voted for the Democrat.
But back here in Uganda, the announcement of Donald Trump as the 45th president of USA met mixed reactions, the Lord Mayor Salongo Erias Lukwago said; “the American people have decided. But as a noble nation with highly respected democracy model in the world, we expect high esteem from the president elected. Trump must just control his mouth.”
Former Lubaga South MP John Ken Lukyamuzi from the Conservative party said the announcement was a shock. “Most people expected Democrat Hillary Clinton to win but things turned the other way, that is the will of the people and it should be respected.”
Trump has pledged to usher in a series of sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and suspending immigration from countries with terrorism ties. He’s also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and spoken of building a better relationship with Moscow, worrying some in his own party who fear he’ll go easy on Putin’s provocations.
Obama, who campaigned vigorously for Clinton throughout the fall and hoped his own rising popularity would lift her candidacy, was silent on Trump’s victory, but he is expected to invite him to the White House this week. It will be a potentially awkward meeting with the man who pushed false rumors that the president might have been born outside the United States.
Democrats, as well as some Republicans, expected Trump’s unconventional candidacy would damage down-ballot races and even flip some reliably red states in the presidential race. But Trump held on to Republican territory, including in Georgia and Utah, where Clinton’s campaign confidently invested resources.
Clinton asked voters to keep the White House in her party’s hands for a third straight term. She cast herself as heir to Obama’s legacy and pledged to make good on his unfinished agenda, including passing immigration legislation, tightening restrictions on guns and tweaking his health care law.
As Trump waits to join White House, the world is split just like in Uganda between an elected president and the ‘peoples president’