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For those who do not know, redneck is a derogatory American term for the poor, rural, white folk, mostly resident in Southern United States of America; a stereotype for “poor, dirty, earthy, uneducated, and racist Southern USA Whiteman.”
It also means bigoted, conventional, loutish ultra-conservatives, who loathe Blacks or any other people of colour as represented in the coalition of minorities whose interest former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered to protect if elected President of America.
Well, the rednecks got the White House through Donald Trump’s stunning, unconventional, if also uncouth, electioneering. And Secretary Clinton, who could have been America’s first female President, graciously conceded, and told Americans, “Donald Trump is going to be out next President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
She reminds her disappointed supporters: “Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines… the rule of law, the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression.”
Director James Comey, of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, threw an email reexamination curve that significantly eroded Clinton’s support base. Were he not born in New York, and raised in New Jersey, in Northeast America that Clinton won handily, one could have said he was a Redneck agent. He nonetheless served the purpose of America’s white establishment.
In playing to the gallery of the rednecks, Trump pledged to deport immigrants who had presumably taken American jobs; void free trade agreements to check export of jobs; and compel North Atlantic Treaty Organisation European partners pick their portion of the tab for policing the world.
His most ludicrous pledge was that Mexico would pay for a wall along its American border to keep Mexicans from American jobs. A fence, made of net, partly exists along the border. How he will refuse visa to Muslims, especially those of oil rich Gulf states, remains to be seen – considering, also, that Muslim liberal, Asra Namani, openly claims she voted Trump.
European leaders who approve of Trump’s victory include far-right and nationalist politicians like Marine Le Pen of France, Matteo Salvini of Italy, Nigel Farage of Britain, and, not unexpectedly, Vladimir Putin of Russia.
Yet, some Americans held a candlelight vigil against Trump’s victory in front of the White House. Others, who accuse Trump of racism, sexism, and xenophobia, went on the rampage, burning stuff, across big American cities, like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. has the video of a toddler crying after she heard that Trump won.
But in a defiant response, the Loyal White Knights, a chapter of white, supremacist, Ku Klux Klan, of Pelham, North Carolina, has promised a celebratory parade for President-elect Trump. The Republican Party has however condemned the intention.
The Mason-Dixon Line appears to have defined the election. Most of those who voted Clinton are in the Northeast corridors of America, north of the Line. Those to its West and South largely voted Trump.
The Line somewhat defines the political, social and cultural accent between the North and South America.
The farther you go northward or southward of the Line, the more the differences in the twang of English, the spice of the foods, and the dress sense.
A mix of Vice-President-elect Mike Pence’s looks with Chuck Yeager’s pronunciation of World War II, as “Worrul Wall Tew,” gives an idea of a Southern hillbilly. By the way, Yeager, 93, of West Virginia, is the first pilot to fly an aircraft faster than the speed of sound.
Trump won in 29 states with 290 delegates, though he lost the popular vote with 59,521,401. Clinton, who won the popular votes with 59,739,748 lost to Trump by gathering only 218 delegates to lead in just 21 states.
The demographic of the votes is that most of the 29 states won by Trump are in America’s South and Mid-West; one, Alaska, is from the far West; and two, Pennsylvania and Ohio, are in the North. Clinton won the spread of the Northeast from Virginia, through New England, except for Maine. She took only one state – New Mexico – in the South, three in the Mid-West and four in the West.
The South identify with the Confederacy Flag of the Unionists who lost the American Civil War. They are conservative, and think the white Caucasian is the superior race. They openly claim that Trump’s rhetoric resonates with them.
Many say Clinton lost to a backlash against Obama’s economic policy that wiped off blue collar jobs in places like West Virginia coal mines, though the economy improved generally. Some cynics add it was also a “white lash,” to retrieve power “temporarily” ceded to Blacks through the Obama presidency.
How the Trump Presidency will turn out will depend on the individuals who will assist in running his government. Somebody has said that “personnel is policy.” For his lack of military, political, or diplomatic experience, Trump will depend on individuals with relevant knowledge and experience.
With showboating, maybe white supremacist, Stephen Bannon as White House Counsellor, and conciliatory Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff, policy formulation of Trump’s presidency will be a series of bursts and stops. And Trump himself will be a “guided missile” in the hands of his top aides.
He is already backing down on some of his electioneering bombast: He told the Wall Street Journal that he would consider amending, instead of an outright scraping of, President Obama’s signature health plan policy. Contrary to his election rhetoric, he now doesn’t mind children up to 26 years remaining on the insurance policy of their parents.
Harvard professor and constitutional lawyer, Laurence Tribe, has said that Trump would require another Act of the American Congress to make good his threat to eliminate the Department (or Ministry) of Education.
Yes, about Trump’s harangue, “We need to get the Africans out… Especially the Nigerians…Why can’t they stay in their country? If I become President, we’ll send them all home. We’ll build a wall at the Atlantic Shore.”
Though he restated this, as one still on the campaign stumps, Nigerians who break American laws will go to jail-in America. Recall that America is still asking for extradition of some Nigerian lawbreakers. Those who violate visa laws, but stay out of trouble, will still keep their jobs. America loves illegal labour that won’t complain about low wages and poor working conditions.
Trump’s international diplomacy will be mindful of the economic power of China, and the rising intellectual prowess of India: Both nations, home to about three billion human beings, and the European Union, whose economy surpasses that of America, provide a huge market for American goods.
Trump will ignore Nigeria, South Africa, and Angola, at the detriment of the unbelievable return on investment that American business makes in Africa. And he knows that the price of Gulf oil trumps that of shale, or the new energy sources, solar and wind. Uncle Sam, of course, must hug Misha the Russian bear.
America is on the cusp of doing business as usual. Trump’s presidency will be a crossing of the feisty flourish of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, dark conspiracy of a former American President Richard Nixon, and sensible pragmatism of President Barack Obama.
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