Compounding the sense of tragedy is Trumps all-too-characteristic reaction to the embarrassment of not being Americas first choice. He told the nation hed been cheated, an outright lie lifted from the febrile realm of fake news. That the President-elect is willing to undermine public confidence in the integrity of U.S. elections to salve his wounded vanity reinforces Clintons argument that hes unfit for the job he now holds.
She also won that argument, with plenty of assists from her opponent. Exit polls showed 63% of voters agreed Trump lacked the temperament to be Presidentbut a fifth of them voted for him anyway. Evidently, their desire to shake up Washington outweighed their qualms about Trumps sociopathic personality and total lack of political experience.
His upset win leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of Democrats and the many principled Republicans who put country before party and refused to back Trump. Whats most disconcerting isnt losing an election, but the feeling that our political system itself has failed. The success of an interloper like Trump signifies a severe disturbance in the force that has up until now protected American democracy against populist demagogues.