The pollsters may have got the U.S. election results wrong, but the pundits were right about one thing: the United States is a very divided country. We saw that with the popular vote, which had Hillary Clinton winning by a very small margin.
Indeed, as one foreign newspaper put it, there is nothing “united” about the U.S. today, in the wake of the presidential election campaign.
To blame all it on one man, Donald Trump, would be simply making him a scapegoat for divisions that have been burning in that nation for a very long time. Trump played on those divisions to win the White House, but he may be thinking today that he overplayed his hand as thousands take to the streets to protest against his presidency. As Montrealers who witnessed student-inspired uprisings in this city can tell you, these types of protests tend to snowball. And get violent. Many parts of the United States could be in flames in the days and weeks to come.
If that alone is not enough for Trump to step aside from his new role as president of the United States, his various legal woes might cinch it. He could be impeached if allegations of fraud and racketeering are proven in court.
Of course, things could settle down in the United States: the people could stop demonstrating in the streets against Trump, and he could win all of his legal issues. And he could usher in a new Camelot in the American capital, and an era of peace and harmony in the United States
But I have my doubts that Trump will fulfill his presidential mandate. That won’t get America off the Republican hook. It won’t solve the nation’s problems. But it least it will have a smooth-talking chief in President Mike Pence, who will be able to bridge the great divide and restore some harmony in the country.
Photo credit: Governor Mike Pence speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona. (Source: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)