Tuesday 6 December 2016

Martina Devlin: The desperate have turned to a fake messiah

Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30

Anti-Trump protests have been held across the US, such as this one in Baltimore. Photo: Amy Davis/AP
Anti-Trump protests have been held across the US, such as this one in Baltimore. Photo: Amy Davis/AP

Have we all got those hyperbolic reactions out of our systems by now? "America, how could you" and "this is a redneck win"? I hope so, because democracy threw up Donald Trump and democracy has an obligation to accept him as Potus, warts and all. Better still, let's try to learn from his win.

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Already, the US election result teaches other leaders that it is a mistake to dismiss a desperate populace, especially by calling them "deplorables" as Hillary Clinton unwisely expressed it.

Don't ignore the disillusioned masses struggling in a land of plenty. Don't presume the multitude is content to be governed by a disconnected elite. Don't allow resentment to fester, nor income inequality to widen.

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