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It’s Trump

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United States of America has elected the most hated man in the most brutal elections held in the recent times. Turning the apple cart was none else than the underdog Republican candidate Donald Trump who from the initial rounds was caught in various controversies. In Trump’s victory, America found a voice which promised of bringing back employment and manufacturing to the most populace states that have lost it to Chinese and Mexican advantages. This voice has been missing throughout the Barack Obama regime. Obama was the first African American to hold the office and the first president born outside the continental United States. The transition looks emergence of a new America under Trump who is of German ancestry on his father’s side and Scottish ancestry on his mother’s side thus, becoming the first migrant president of the country. Race has always been a huge dividing line in the US election, and the clash between Trump and Clinton is no different. Just 17 per cent of Hispanics and three per cent of black people back Trump. Despite all mudslinging and insinuations the big question is how has Trump survived so long, and managed to get so close to the presidency? It is becoming clear that a large part of Trump’s support is drawn from the White working class angry with economic distress of the recent past. Unemployment, including discouraged, temporary and part-time workers seeking jobs, is 9.7 per cent, higher than the 9.1 per cent average in 2003-2007, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trump’s populism, mixed with his incendiary racism, has drawn out this discontent. Another feature of resentment is Obamacare, whose premium payments have skyrocketed by as much as 25 per cent this year while red states have been tardy in rolling out Medicaid. Again Trump’s wild promises of slashing premiums have hit a chord. On the contrary Hillary Clinton always carried a disadvantage of being a woman which a ‘democratic’ America will not accept easily. And results have shown that. Now, what is to be seen is with the coming of Trump how would be America’s India policy viz-a-viz towards Pakistan and its fight against Islamic terrorism?

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