As you read these lines, the United States will have a new president-elect. The people will have voiced their preference for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. They will have brought an end to a presidential campaign marked by unprecedented bitterness and mudslinging. The nation should continue on its path with its democracy emerging even stronger, despite being threatened by the sharp rivalry between the two most disliked and distrusted presidential candidates in U.S. history.
One of the most disturbing claims by the Republican candidate had to do with disputing the election results…before it was even held! The ridiculousness of him accepting the election only if he won drew a firestorm of protest. In the event he is the victor, everything would be just fine. There would be no sign of vote rigging or attempts to circumvent the popular mandate. This undemocratic claim that Mr. Trump repeated daily last month, caused him to lose the support of millions of voters and drop in the polls, which showed him leading back in September.
October was a devastating month for the billionaire from New York, who was planning on building a wall, deporting 11 million illegal immigrants and their children, banning Muslims from entering the country, sending his opponent to prison and suing 11 women who accused him of sexual harassment. Twice during the campaign, Estiator had pointed out that Mr. Trump’s mouth might cost him the election and now, two weeks before November 8th, this looks like a very strong possibility.
Mr. Trump’s bragging—which was caught on tape—about how he treated women, grabbing them by their genitals whenever he felt like it, because he is a “star” and can do what he pleases, cost him dearly.
Of course, you can’t rule out anything in politics. At this moment in time, a victory by Mr. Trump cannot be discounted. In that case, we would have a president-elect who faces a trial on November 25th over fraud allegations surrounding Trump University.
Regardless of who wins, it is imperative that he or she recognizes the results, provided, of course, that there is no electoral fraud.
Even if he loses, Mr. Trump achieved a true triumph that he should not destroy. We are expecting both candidates to do everything possible on their part to help heal the wounds and restore the unity of the people and national accord.