Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Trumping the Race


Trump makes his victory speech much to the shock of people in Hong Kong
There was shock and disbelief in Hong Kong watching Donald Trump take the presidency today. The Hang Seng index fell as much as 951.76 points or 2.2 percent to 22,415.19 points.

All my colleagues and friends couldn't believe it, and much like when the Brexit results were announced, we were all dazed and wondered if it was all a bad dream.

Several hours later we are still processing it, much like the rest of the world.

Clinton's camp will be soul searching much like the rest of us
People in Hong Kong thought common sense would prevail, and despite her flaws, Hillary Clinton would win by a decent margin because who would vote for a man who has never done any community social work, not donated to charities, treats women like sex objects, cheats people in business deals and doesn't pay taxes?

But a good number of the 250 million eligible voters did.

He blames China for taking America's jobs away and yet he has his own ties made there.

Trump has managed to tap into the ugliest side of the United States, where people are racist, isolationist, small-minded and hateful.

During the campaign he spread vicious lies about Clinton, but also a lot of misinformation that his supporters believe. That is what is scary.

The media is also wondering how they got it so wrong. Elections aren't about hard numbers. It's about talking to people and finding out what they think, not just poll results.

The new First Family-elect greets supporters
In a recent BBC documentary about the US presidency, some media outlets admitted they gave Trump too much coverage, particularly when he could get away with doing telephone interviews on television, when the previous practice was that the guest had to come into the studio.

They admitted he found his remarks so off-the-wall and entertaining that they did it for ratings. Is this how journalism should be conducted, particularly in election coverage?

Everyone -- not just those disappointed in the US, but everyone around the world -- is doing some soul searching. How did we go down this path?

But more importantly where do we go from here?

In his victory speech Trump conceded it was time to heal deep divisions and come together. How can we when his platform was about divide and conquer?



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