Donald Trump is a relic of a dying America. Now the future of the country belongs to him. The Obama era will be degraded and abandoned. Achievements of recent years, such as the reform of the healthcare system and the recognition of same-sex marriages won’t survive 2017.
Searching for the reasons, you can stare deep into the soul of the U.S.: The two Americas, the race issue, the two-party system, Christianity. But the truth is that Donald Trump is a European import. It is not by chance that “Mr. Brexit,” Nigel Farage, supported his candidacy; it is not by chance that Mr. Trump voiced enthusiasm for both Vladimir Putin and the far-right voters of the Alternative for Germany party. He was inspired by the right-wing populists of Europe and he copied their punchy style of politics.
For decades, American exceptionalism was an article of faith for U.S. conservatives. But this year, it is the left who best represented it, above all Michelle Obama. Even if other countries were cowering before fascist attacks, the U.S. would show the world how a modern, multicultural country responded to this threat.
Simply by being elected, Donald Trump has degraded America. He has transformed the country from a beacon of multiculturalism into one more isolated island of white people afraid of their own shadows.