Kevin Doyle: 'Brexit plus, plus' - this is Trump's America now
WITH tears in their eyes after having the hope ripped from their hearts the Hillary Clinton supporters left before having to watch the full horror unfold.
Thousands had gathered outside Javits Convention Centre in New York having failed to get tickets for the main event inside.
The upbeat queue of millennials, Latinos, Hispanics, whites, black, men, women and children stretched through Manhattan - all hoping to get a glimpse at history. To be close enough to feel it the ground shake beneath their feet from the roars that would break the ultimate glass ceiling.
A 10 minute walk away in the Hilton Hotel there was no overflow area. Instead there was a low-key event planned, attended mostly by white men in red hats.
Huge security operations were in place at both venues but it was clear from early in the day that one was designed as a victory rally and the other was purely to facilitate a pulpit.
The Clinton crowds arrived with clear expectation. CNN reported sources inside the camp as saying confidence was in plentiful supply.
The big screen flicked between CBS, CNN and videos from Hillary’s campaign.
Long before many polling stations on the west coast closed the Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio arrived out to give a warm up speech in which he told the audience it was a night for celebration.
And Khizr Khan, the father of a late Muslim American war hero and a central player in the Clinton narrative, said it would be “a night of celebrating the goodness of this country”.
But the clock hadn’t even struck 9pm when the mood changed. A shameful lull was interrupted periodically by boos as State after State was projected for Donald Trump.
It was supposed to be a short night, wrapped up by 11pm and home in time to get a good sleep before Wednesday work.
Yet the early question mark hanging over Florida ensured confidence turned to fear.
Katy Perry arrived onto the stage to plead with the voters in areas where polling was still open to get out and rescue the situation. Her own parents voted for Trump.
Meanwhile back in the Hilton they were grand speeches or warm up acts. There would only be one performer: The misogynistic, racist billionaire who is now the leader of the free world.
Donald Trump’s supporters enjoyed what we’d call a piss up. This was supposed to be their last hurray after a campaign that rocked America but ultimately wouldn’t result in him moving to Washington.
Dozens of his own Republican peers had rejected him, world leaders derided him and business railed against him - but middle America bought into his promise to ‘Make America Great Again’.
Trump now owns the health care system, controls the US tax system and will get the codes to the nuclear weapons.
His opponents have called him unfit, unstable and unable. The markets will plummet today.
In his own words, this is “Brexit plus, plus, plus.”
People leaving the Clinton rally told Independent.ie they were everything from shocked to disgusted to frightened.
Spare a thought for Mexico, for the disabled, for women, for muslims and all the other people Trump has insulted.
And give a moment too for Hillary Clinton because no matter what you think of her nothing could have prepared her for seeing her political career end in such an undignified disaster.
This is now Trump’s America.