Thursday 17 August 2017

Don't blame 'deplorables' for US result - they just wanted their voices heard

Protesters demonstrate against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Tallahassee, Florida, US. Photo: Reuters/Phil Sears
Protesters demonstrate against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Tallahassee, Florida, US. Photo: Reuters/Phil Sears

Patricia Casey

It was all so predictable. Hillary Clinton would be the first woman president-elect of the US come the morning of November 9, 2016. 'Newsweek' magazine published a 'Madam President' issue, copies of which Mrs Clinton herself signed at a rally the day before the election.

The polls and popular opinion provided a driving wind making her unstoppable. And then the edifice came crashing down. Donald Trump, the man who had gathered a bunch of "deplorables", so described by Mrs Clinton, won.

His supporters were called racists, rednecks and misogynists. Their opinions were despised as they were outside an acceptable progressive world-view. The so-called progressives in the US are now in meltdown with demonstrations and even riots on the streets, bemoaning the election result. Some colleges gave students the day off to grieve for the result. Others had "cry ins" in "safe spaces" while others provided counsellors.

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