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This question is not just an ordinary question. The answer to this question can also be a negative one as well as a positive one. Though the answer won’t certainly heal the wounds of the Democrats.

 

The United States presidential election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Republican ticket of businessman Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence defeated the Democratic ticket of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine. Though Hillary Clinton got the popular vote of 65,844,954 but Trump won by  304 electoral votes.

 

To an unworthy dismay of the Democrats, President-Elect Donald Trump will take oath on January 20th, 2017 and will officially take over the White House office as the 45th President of the United States of America. But why Donald Trump won? Who was responsible? Was it a healthy transfer? Did Russia intervened in the election cycle? How media played the role? What would be a post-election America in itself? These are some of the basic strong questions. Forget about refugee crisis! Forget about immigration! Forget about “The Wall“!

 

Personally since day one I am against the free media policy. I believe giving media under few capitalists is as putting a country on mortgage. I know and every single person who believes in tolerance and freedom says that Donald Trump is a bigot, Islamophobic, misogynist, racist, anti-immigrant and even fascist. In fact these are the terms Democrats used against Donald Trump during Hillary’s election campaign. But that very liberal media showed him somewhat a monster or a villain.

 

It would be very wrong and in fact unfair to call Trump the responsible for what happened during the election campaigns or post-elections. Didn’t it happened during George W. Bush‘s term? Isn’t America made on immigrants and refugees. America emerged from 13 colonies, took liberation from Great Britain in 1783, displaced American-Indian tribes (Native Americans), acquired their territories, expropriated them from their lands, promoted slavery, feudalism, imperialism and colonialism and became the new owners. So who is to be blamed? Donald Trump? No. The founding fathers? Yes.

 

Racial crimes didn’t stopped during Obama administration and there were many cases from low-profile to high-profile. In 2013, African Americans accounted for 52.2% of all arrests for murder, and Whites accounted for 45.3%. Most hate crimes in the United States are committed against African Americans: of the 8,208 hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2010, 48% were race related – with 70% of those having an anti-black bias. Below is a hate crime chart saying “Hate Crimes in the USA (2008-2012) by population group” in which Whites were listed at no. 8 with most victims of hate crime from LGBT, Jewish, Muslim, Black, and Hispanics. Reminding that 2008-2012 was Barack Obama’s first term as the US President.

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– Source: Wikipedia.com

 

Among the report’s findings for 2013, of the reported 3,407 single-bias hate crime offenses that were racially motivated, 66.4 were motivated by anti-black or African-American bias, and 21.4 percent stemmed from anti-white bias.

 

According to the FBI’s 2014 Hate-Crime report, law enforcement agencies reported 5,479 hate crime incidents involving 6,418 offenses. Below is the pie-chart extracted from FBI.gov which shows that around 47% of hate crimes were based on racial hatred.

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Famous hate crime incidents in 2014 included Ferguson Unrest of August 2014, December 2, 2014. Another incident took place on June 17, 2015 when a white male Dylan Roof was responsible for a shooting in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. There were 5,818 single-bias incidents involving 7,121 victims. A percent distribution of victims by bias type showed that 59.2 percent of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias, 19.7 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias, and 17.7 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ sexual-orientation bias.

 

Donald Trump’s win was a shock but he had to win. Nature can’t change especially of those who got nurtured in a racist environment. And when he/she see too much liberalism especially by left-wing people such a LGBT parades, same-sex marriages, Muslim and African-American influence, a right-wing would deeply think. Trump won because of the silent right-wing ultra conservative supporters who were living in “bunkers” during Obama’s eight years. They didn’t had a big representative but only few Republican mayors or senators. They wanted the one who propagate their values, culture and traditions. But when Donald Trump announced to run for office not as a mayor, not even as a senator but as a president, he came as an enlightenment for the right-wing Southerners.

 

Donald Trump just exploited them and used them to reach such heights. He simply started doing Twitter rant and making shocking but obvious announcements. He started calling Muslims terrorists, Mexicans as rapists who have snatched jobs from pure white Americans, announced to build a wall for which Mexico will pay, and announced to ban all the immigration of Muslims and others especially the refugees and increasing jobs which would result in economic boom. Soon Donald Trump also become famous for his misogynist and business related scandals which to very extent gave some advantage to the Democrats especially Hillary Clinton. Any terrorist activity would occour in Islamic or non-Islamic countries and Trump used it to further strengthen his words regarding banning refugees and immigrants and that to take strict actions against ISIS and other militant organisations.

 

Hate crimes further increased during the elections 2016 and post-elections when according to CNN Dec, 22 , The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 867 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation in the United States in the 10 days after the November 8 election. According to TIMES, the number of reported hate crimes doubled between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14, jumping from more than 200 to more than 400 incidents, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday.

 

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Above picture went viral soon after Trump won the elections. The picture shows anti-Semitic “Swastika” graffiti along with “Make America White Again” racist rant.

 

Recently the Democrats have accused Russia and its president Vladimir Putin for intervening in the US Presidential Elections. According to some reports, Russia gained access to private email accounts belonging to key DNC players and transmitted that information through intermediaries to Wiki Leaks who published the confidential reports. It was used for voter suppression of the Democratic Electorate.

 

Russia has been under sanctions that were placed by Barack Obama and EU and what Hillary Clinton also supported during her election campaign. Trump on the other hand wants to lift up these sanctions.

 

I read on Quora from one person who apparently looked a Democrat that “If you (Russia) were in a recession, with your nuclear armed enemy on your doorstep, and a reduced capacity to use your own aging nuclear arsenal? What would you do? A sophisticated cyber attack on the current administrations very own party can lead to accomplishment of several goals. Most Democrats say that the “fact” that was not broadcast to the public was that a DNC staffer Seth Rich with the job of data distribution was gunned down at 4 A.M. less then 48 hours after the Wiki Leaks story was aired.

 

If I am not wrong, US under Trump would make a deal with Russia over Arctic oil fields that are held by Exxon Mobile. That deal is worth $500B. Russia can only avail this offer if the sanctions are lifted up and only Trump can make it happen. It is not a coincidence that Trump has recently appointed Rex Tillerson – CEO Exxon Mobile as the Secretary of State. In opposite case, Russia would have to give up Crimea and back off the Ukraine.

 

Trump is a pure businessman unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton or even his fellow Republican candidates. He is running billion dollar company. Trump knows what “best for business”. It is not that he is very genius or has some supernatural powers or spell by which he can change the course of America. The above detailed statistics were shown to clarify that Trump’s term has not started yet and all the above mentioned data is from Obama’s two terms.

 

Though I am surprised that many countries are making two steps forward every time while US made two steps forward under Barack Obama’s term (2008-2016) and then two steps backward when the people voted for a racist bigot Donald Trump. It shows that Obama was not certainly a successful president beside of the events of Osama Bin Laden and Syrian refugee crises and simply because he was the first African-American president.

 

It is too early to say and predict the term of Donald Trump just on the basis of events that actually occoured during Obama’s time. Donald Trump simply availed and cashed out the events that happened and further maintained his stance. It is again too early to say that that because he is appointing his family members like son-in-law Jared Kushner as top adviser and close friends in his cabinet means he’s playing a very dirty game. It is again too early to say that what would be his stance on ISIS, PYD and countries such as Pakistan, India, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Japan, and many other countries who come under US’ “domain”.

 

My answer to the above question I asked is that the transfer of power is based on how successfully one party hand overs the power to another party. Being a healthy or poor transfer depends on how clean and transparent the elections are. Well we can’t change the results but I would say that the US Presidential Elections were misinterpreted by both Democrats, Republicans, media, Russia, and lastly WikiLeaks who all made the election cycle controversial.

 

 

About the Columnist: 

Muhammad Khalid is a BBA (Bachelors of Business Administration) student from Karachi, Pakistan and is a current amateur political analyst, freelance writer and observer covering domestic and international news and affairs.

 

Muhammad Khalid can be reached on Twitter at: @iamkhalidraza

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