Donald J. Trump appeared outwardly conciliatory as he gave his victory speech on Wednesday. But, since Mr. Trump’s shock election win, the U.S. is more divided than ever – as a look at the candidates jostling for the most important ministerial posts in the new administration shows.
It looks increasingly likely that much of Barack Obama’s legacy will be dismantled over the course of the following years by a resurgent Republican party which – in addition to having its man in the White House – also controls the House of Representatives as well as the Senate.
Within hours of the election result, protests broke out in the streets of Washington, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Seattle. The defeated rainbow coalition of young voters, African Americans and Latinos vented their anger, chanting “Trump must go.”
Mr. Trump’s America will not be their America, they fear, and the Trump era will be one of turmoil. If the former reality television star keeps his election promises, illegal immigrants will soon start to be deported, a wall will be built on the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico, and Mr. Obama’s signature policy – dubbed Obamacare – which gave millions of previously uninsured Americans access to healthcare, will likely be unceremoniously dumped.
Likewise, Mr. Trump could attempt to resile from international commitments made during Mr. Obama’s presidency to combat climate change. Also under threat is the Dodd-Frank legislation on banking stability.
Since the end of World War II the U.S. has been the principal architect of the global world order. But for how much longer, many are now asking.
“America has guaranteed free world trade for decades and, along with its allies, has also provided global security,” said Michael Mandelbaum, professor of politics at Baltimore’s John Hopkins University. “But this era could come to an end under President Trump.”