Monday 19 November 2018

Editorial: 'Split-decision results show America not ready to heal'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Editorial

Editorial

Something primordial predisposes us to view everything through the prism of winning and losing: the victor and the vanquished. Nature doesn't do split decisions but, at first glance, superficial analysis suggests Americans went for one in the mid-term elections.

As so often in a 24-hour breathless second-by-second news cycle, there is no time to pause for a long-term view.

Thus President Donald Trump, predictably, was able to pounce on the election results as "a tremendous success".

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