Now that the smoke has cleared and the dust settled, Americans are coming to terms with the 2016 presidential election. In what is probably the greatest political upset in U.S. history, Donald Trump bested Hillary Clinton. No matter which side you were rooting for the election result was a surprise for most people. I think that no one was more surprised than Trump himself. I cannot help but wonder if her really wanted it and was planning all along on not getting elected. Unfortunately for Clinton supports, he got it.
I remember living in England when the 2008 presidential election was going on. President George Bush was not widely liked in Europe and Barack Obama was seen as a hope for the future. I was amazed at how closely the Brits followed our election. They seemed to know more about the candidates than many Americans. Europeans in general felt like they had a huge stake in the results (which they do). When Obama won the election, they were genuinely overjoyed.
I wonder what people around the world are thinking now of America? From media reports, Trump does not appear to enamor other nations’ citizens as much as he has some segments of our population. I will admit, I was not on the Trump side. I am seriously concerned for my country and the world, but am trying to stay hopeful.
I would love to hear from fellow world travelers how people in your area of the world view the election. Please let us know. I think that we all have a little anxiety over the next four years.