Saturday 3 December 2016

Fergal Keane on President Trump: How to turn a disaster into an epic

Fergal Keane

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

Fly on the wall: US President Barack Obama meeting US President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington last Thursday Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Fly on the wall: US President Barack Obama meeting US President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington last Thursday Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

I suppose I could go 'why oh why', like many of the people I know and most of the people popping up on social media feeds. I could proclaim the death of the age of liberalism.

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The world is more complex. I would suggest the battle has only begun.

Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States of America. He is about to become the most powerful man in the world. And just like people who want the Brexit referendum re-run, those clinging to the 'Hillary won the popular vote… he's not legitimate' mantra suggest that anti-democratic instincts don't just belong on the hard left and alt-right. If those in the centre can't abide by the people's will we are truly up the creek.

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