The election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States has sent shockwaves throughout the country and the world. It is too soon to fully comprehend what has happened, why it has happened, and what it means.
Be that as it may, I put down some of my initial thoughts in this piece for NDTV. In it, I argue:
This nasty, brutish, and interminable campaign has revealed many uncomfortable truths about American democracy. These truths-the widespread prevalence of economic nationalism, white nativism, and anti-government rage-are not new, but Trump’s populist campaign provided them with a steady supply of oxygen.
When it comes to the ramifications for our friends and partners overseas, I conclude on a skeptical note:
What will reassure friends abroad the most is America’s ability to get its own house in order, something that is-frankly-a question mark under a President Trump. America’s credibility has come under intense fire during this election. But what hurts even more? So has its character.
You can read the full piece here.