Xinhua published a commentary right after Donald Trump was elected to be the next U.S. President. The article referred to the just-completed election as “the ugliest and the most divisive election.” During the process of the election, the public debates’ focus frequently got lost in the midst of personal attacks, while policies for the future became blurred. Even after the election, it is still unclear where the nation is heading. The commentary called the outcome of the election “The Trump Phenomenon,” which reflected a lot of “anger” that is hidden in U.S. society. The result will trigger a “redistribution of interests,” which may send the members of the international community into a “scapegoat position” in which they suffer a retreat from globalization. The commentator also indicated that this past U.S. election proved that the U.S. political system is stuck in trouble, with no light at the end of the tunnel. The gap between the “elite few” and the general public is huge. Both parties suffered from the anti-status-quo demand of the people. Even the mainstream U.S. media are calling the U.S. democracy “fragile.” The commentary concluded that the election probably found a president, but the American people did not find a solution.
Source: Xinhua, November 9, 2016