It’s a new era in U.S. politics.
Republican Donald Trump pulled off a stunning victory in Tuesday’s election, capturing enough votes to take the White house and end eight years of Democratic dominance.
Exit polls suggest Donald Trump won the presidency by tapping into economic anxiety in America. The billionaire businessman’s victory surprised much of the world, as he won in states like
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin where residents haven’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since the 1980s.
Not only did Trump win the presidency but Congress is fully under Republican control, both the Senate and the House.
There’s concern in Canada over the win, particularly since Trump has pledged to act quickly to rewrite major trade deals LIKE NAFTA.
At a Democrats Abroad gathering in Calgary last night, Americans living here were left shaking their heads.
Dr. Archana Raman thinks she may have moved to Calgary from New Jersey at just the right time. She says she voted for Hillary Clinton and thinks maybe the U-S isn’t ready for a female president.
She is trying to understand why Donald Trump received so much support in his bid for the White House.
“I think that a lot of white, middle-class America really wanted to hear certain things, so they’re going with what he says even though I don’t know that a billionaire can really relate to them, he some how convinced them. It’s extremely upsetting that we’re going from someone like Obama who I think was a very principled person who had a lot to offer and a person of integrity to somebody who is very bigoted and racist. I’m not sure how he’s going to unite the country.”
Steve Finley says he can only hope the American people won’t stand for some of his plans on things like immigration.
“It’s disappointing but you’ve got to have optimism. Just because he won it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is going to follow along in suit.”
Trump has pledged to greatly restrict immigration to the U.S. and to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But the lack of clear policy details has left a lot of uncertainty and uneasiness over the future direction of the U.S. economy.
U-S ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman had said regardless of who won, the U.S.-Canada relationship will continue to thrive.
As expected the markets reacted negatively to the Trump win. Asian markets tumbled and Dow futures plunged and the Canadian dollar was trading overseas this morning at 74.51 cents U.S., down 65-100ths of a cent from yesterday’s close.
So far Hillary Clinton has not made a public appearance before her supporters.