Hillary Clinton has fallen at 2.22am on 9th November, 2016. In the run to the White House, Donald Trump, the Republican candidate fought Hillary Clinton, the Democrat one, and the latter has failed to win crucial swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Florida that eventually voted for the GOP candidate. Most polls in the medias (e.g. Huffington Post, New York Times) predicted a big success for the wife of Bill Clinton and ex-67th United States Secretary of State.

The “Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation”, its speeches to Wall Street firms and its links to rogue states such as Saudi Arabia as well as the email controversy that wound up with an accusation of being « extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information »: all these scandals paved the way to her defeat.

This night, she chose to do not show up to praise her supporters after Mr. Podesta delivered a short speech at the Clinton campaign chair, located in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Donald Trump, now 45th President of the United States, celebrated his triumph (290 electoral votes vs 228 for Clinton) alongside his Vice-President Mike Pence, family and staff.

He began his victory speech with a warm attention to Ms. Clinton who has been a tough opponent during the race: “I just received a call from secretary Clinton and she congratulated us and I congratulated her and her family for her very hard campaign”. He then addressed different topics that we can wrap up in a few words: one-nationism, supporters, economic plan, and international relations.

It is quite interesting to watch Trump saying: “To all Republicans and Democrats and Independants across this nation I say it’s time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizens that I will be the president for all Americans and this is so important to me [..]”. When Donald Trump said “one united people”, he raised a point also highlighted by Theresa May in her post-Brexit speech (13/07/2016) and that related to social fabric: “ Because trump-meetingnot everybody knows this, but the full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party. And that word ‘Unionist’ is very important to me. It means we believe in the Union [..] not just between the nations of the United Kingdom, but between all of our citizens. Every one of us, whoever we are, and wherever we’re from.”

This constant reminder, after the Brexit or after the election of Donald Trump, of the need to stand together, whatever your background, echoes this new trend within Conservatives: social fabric is key to “make a country great again” and Mr. Trump understood that America needs to do more to become a united nation.

Thanking his supporters, he also emphasized the great job they have made and how much he is willing to take care of them: “As I said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hardworking men and women who love their country and want a better brighter future for themselves and for their family [..]”.

Indeed, this grassroots movement got a lot of promises from Donald Trump throughout the campaign and tonight the Donald showed that he has what it takes to revamp the economy thanks to his previous business experiences: “This movement comprises Americans who want and expect their government to serve the people and serve the people did well. [..] The forgotten men and women in our country will be forgotten no longer. [..] We are going to fix our problems and build highways, bridges, schools, hostels, we are going to rebuild our infrastructures and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. We have a great economic plan, we will turn growth as the strongest economy anywhere in the world [..]”.

Eventually, he considered the future of the relationships with others nations. Often critisized, Trump had even been designated as a threat for the peace and the stability in the world, and especially in the Middle-East, but the truth is that the author the “The art of the deal” will be first a negotiator rather than a UN technocrate: “At the same time we will get along with all other nations, we expect to have great relationships. No dream is too big, no challenges is too big. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. [..] I want to tell the world community that while we will always put our interest first, we will deal fairly with everyone, all people from all other nations.”

Overall, Trump made a great and powerful speech, adressing several propositions regarding social, financial and gobal issues. The massive success that he got in the 2016 US General Elections sets apart his striking performance in comparison with Mitt Romney in 2012 or John McCain in 2008.

Edouard d’Espalungue

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  1. YaKa 11 novembre 2016 at 21 h 05 min #

    Very instructive, thank you for all those elements!

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