Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hillary couldn't reach the glass ceiling, never mind shatter it

Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30

'It turns out that love does not trump hate after all'. Photo: Getty Images
'It turns out that love does not trump hate after all'. Photo: Getty Images

On Tuesday evening we gathered inside the Jacob K Javits Convention Centre, a state-of-the-art enormous edifice underneath a glass ceiling, on the banks of the Hudson River. Supporters and scribes arrived with nervous anticipation to watch Hillary Rodham Clinton be declared the first female president of the United States of America. The script did not go to plan. Instead of attending a celebration, we were about to witness the greatest political certainty of all American presidential elections sink to oblivion.

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Within a few hours the epic Clinton production had changed. Transforming from a fairy-tale coronation into a horror show that violated the audience's expectations beyond belief.

Inside the gargantuan press room were eight billboard-sized plasma screens for more than 1,000 global journalists. Outside, hundreds more who did not make it in stood fuming in the autumn sun.

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