Analysis: He made a fool of the world
The bafflement and bewilderment among the saner heads are now widespread as the US election results show Trump has triumphed. The feelings sloshing around us are understandable. How could a man so unfit to head a superpower, so unreliable, so sexually scandalous and so misogynic and racist could make such a comeback?
Paul Krugman, the Nobel winning economist and columnist, in his lament for the result writes in The New York Times, truly reflecting the emotions of logical people, "What we do know is that people like me, and probably like most readers of The New York Times, truly didn't understand the country we live in. It turns out that we were wrong."
Yes we were wrong. Yes the whole world was wrong. The media were wrong. The politicians were wrong. The World leaders were wrong, and even Trump's own party leaders were wrong.
How could we support a man who so openly boasts about groping women? How could we support a man who does not believe in inclusiveness and thinks Muslims should be thrown out of the country?
In the end Donald Trump looked a forlorn candidate in the race. More than 160 of his party top guns had deserted him. Most of the newspapers including the Republican leaning ones had turned on him. All the polls indicated that his rival Hilary Clinton will win. Even when the voting started, the projection showed Clinton's winning chance of 85 percent.
However much we all thought like that, however much we wanted him to be defeated, more people than us in the US had thought otherwise. And they rushed in droves to vote for Trump.
America must search its soul and find an answer to this upset politics.
But some answers we can probably guess. The American society has become highly racist. The ongoing phenomenon of white American policemen killing blacks on trivial grounds and the backlash of some stray blacks killing white policemen was just an indication.
The white Americans had taken on a hardened attitude towards the immigrants and Muslims. They started believing in blood and soil.
To them, the venom and hatred that Trump spits is what they actually wanted to say but could not because of the veneer of civility. Trump had unhinged that latch to inner psyche and gurgled out the filth. The voters went mad with joy at the sudden ventilation of their pent up feelings.
And Trump alone knew what he was doing. He is a genius in that sense. His campaign team, all very qualified professionals in the realm of communication, psychology and politics, cringed at Trump's constant stewing of hate speeches and almost resigned. Many of them left their desk to hit the bars in the evening to pass their time more meaningfully. Trump overrode his campaigners in delivering his speeches. His campaign team failed to stop him from tweeting unsavoury texts. He closely watched and edited his advertisement campaigns, often to the frustrations of his team. And he proved right. Only he could touch the nerves of his fellow citizens.
When the tapes about Trump's behavior with women came out, everybody thought that it is just about the last nail on his coffin. Yet, they forgot to recall what happened when a more severe kind of sex scandal was revealed about Bill Clinton regarding his sexual conduct with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was reelected.
They forgot that such misogynistic attitude is so common in that society. Men and women actually take it for granted that men will behave like that with women. Trump actually was the Man.
And he became more of a Man when the media deserted him. He was a lone fighter. A wounded bull that everybody wanted to win against the matador. And so he won.
A man who is considered as capable of bringing, if he wins, "a new age of darkness", as The Guardian wrote, and the man whose win will put the world in danger as the UN Human Rights Commission observed and the highly reputable monthly, The Atlantic, which perceived him "to be a danger to the USA, had his last laugh.
Whether the world can smile too, we have to wait with crossed fingers to see.