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America Must Unite For President Donald Trump To Succeed

15/11/2016 5:11 PM IST | Updated 17/11/2016 9:51 AM IST
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Protesters hold up signs and yell during a protest against the election of Donald Trump in the Boston Common on November 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald J. Trump has pulled off the biggest political feat of both his lifetime and in the history of American politics.

He will get the keys to go to the White House in just over a couple of months. He will form a cabinet and get the country running, as all incoming presidents are supposed to do, but before he begins all that work, he has a bigger challenge: He must unite the fractured, divided country.

Trump won the electoral vote, he had 289 to Clinton's 128 but it's important to note that Clinton won the popular vote.

There are many who will never be happy but we all must accept that voters have spoken. And we must live with these results.

Currently, America is schizophrenic in its reactions. There are celebrations and cheering but there are also tears, deep shock, fright, fear and uncertainty. This fractured mood has been the case since the nation woke up to the new reality that Trump is the new President.

There are reports of people sobbing quietly at workplaces, on buses and on trains. People are solemn and quiet as they move through their daily routine. Even some of those who voted for Trump wonder if they did the right thing.

For many, the results are a revelation. They had no idea that there were so many who believed that Trump spoke for them. They had never taken him seriously but he surprised everyone. Many had laughed him off.

There are many who will never be happy but we all must accept that voters have spoken. And we must live with these results.

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A woman cries while taking part in an anti-Trump candlelight vigil in front of the White House in Washington November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In the 250 years of American history, there has been no candidate like Trump — a man who has never held a public office will be the leader of the free world.

A huge part of the population is finding it difficult to accept that Clinton has lost. With her loss, the future of all the issues they cared about is now in danger. It's hard to deal with.

But America is skilled at being gracious — the transition of power is a task always carried out with professionalism and respect.

Handing the baton in a democracy is necessary but it is also painful and fraught with tension.

President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and even Donald Trump have all struck all the right notes on this front and are focused on keeping the normalcy of the country.

America is important, they say. The good of a united country is the priority.

The weight of that responsibility of bringing this divided country falls squarely on Trump's shoulders.

He is clearly aware of the monumental task of winning over half of a country that's stunned by the defeat of their candidate.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump yells to supporters during a campaign rally at the Venetian Hotel on October 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division. I say to Democrats and Republicans it is time to come together as one united people," Trump said soon after his election to his screaming supporters at the New York Hilton.

It's a bit ironical to hear him say that after he spent months isolating Muslims, Mexicans, Latinos and African Americans into different groups.

And to govern the country, Trump is going to have to unite everyone. We are in a difficult time in this country. There is a prolonged war on terror; racial distrust and tensions between the police and certain communities are at an all-time high.

It is admittedly an arduous task, as Clinton well understands. She and her supporters choked back tears as she appealed in her concession speech: "Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do... I am grateful to our country for all it has given me. I count my blessings every day that I am an America."

This is the moment for Trump to show his leadership. Can he do it? For America's sake, we all hope so because the alternative is unthinkable.

Both Bill and Hillary were dressed in purple, which is the colour of spirituality and of mourning.

She addressed the fact that she was the first woman to run for President and she hoped that she had set an example.

"To all the women especially the young women, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion," she said.

Clinton was gracious in her concession speech and pointed out the differences in the two campaigns.

"We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought but I still believe in America.... This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked for so hard for and I'm sorry that we did not win."

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Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel the day after the election on Wednesday November 9, 2016 in New York City, NY. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Today, as political pundits, data experts and researchers are grappling, analysing, explaining and decoding the unexpected result of the election, America remains conflicted. The rural white population is satisfied with their choice but the Muslims and minorities are worried about their future in America.

President Barack Obama who has a long, contentious history with Trump (who began his foray into politics by challenging the eligibility of the former's candidacy with the "birther conspiracy") spoke to the nation and said that America must support president-elect Trump.

Still, America has something to be proud of. This country does not have a "rigged system," but exercised its democracy the old-fashioned way with the votes of the people.

Today, the campaigns are done and the election is won. And now the real work has started. This is the moment for Trump to show his leadership.

Can he do it? For America's sake, we all hope so because the alternative is unthinkable.

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