A bruising campaign and a shocking outcome was followed by a presidency championing a border wall to a travel forbid and sympathy for neo-Nazis
It was one small step for a man, one giant leap into the political unknown. Just before 3am, Donald Trump moved to the microphone at the Hilton hotel in Midtown Manhattan as an astounded, euphoric mob chanted:” USA! USA! USA !” The president-elect gave a thumbs up, spoke graciously about opponent Hillary Clinton and made a promise:” Now it’s time for America to bind the meanders of division .”
As the first anniversary of that wild night approaches, Trump’s victory over Clinton in the US presidential election has lost none of its power to shock supporters and foes alike. The jubiliation in the hotel ballroom with its red, white and blue lighting, Us air force One theme music and red ocean of” Make America great again” baseball cap was matched by grief- and genuine fear- at Clinton’s funereal election watch party and in millions of homes.
The billionaire businessman’s acceptance speech, with its nod to Abraham Lincoln( who once pledged to” bind up the nation’s wounds “), was an uncharacteristically conventional attempt to unify following the most brutal of campaigns. It raised hopes that Trump the president would differ from Trump the candidate. Today, however, many of those hopes have been dashed. Critics say he has divided America more profoundly than ever, driving wedges between black and white, female and male, rural and urban- perhaps as a deliberate political strategy.