It has been only a few hours since the stunning election results delivered Donald Trump as the next U.S. president but one thing is certain, the world is now a much riskier place. In the days, weeks and months to come, Trump’s domestic and international policies will become clearer but for now, we have no idea how his rhetoric translates into real positions on just about everything that can affect the U.S. and the rest of the world.
As I was watching the election results unfold and the reality that a Trump presidency was inevitable, I began to wonder, will the weight of reality and the office of the presidency take hold of Donald Trump? Will he begin to have serious thoughts about the complex problems we face as a country or will he continue to play the self centered man-child that refuses to take responsibility for his actions and blame other world leaders for the disasters to come? These are the risks that make this a much more dangerous world in the short term and will likely create a much more polarized world that we live in.
My hope is that despite the horrors that may lie ahead, the punch line to this terrible joke has yet to be told. Will Donald Trump cast off the candidate costume and reveal his true self, another person with different values than what he has portrayed so far? Ideology aside, will his serious personality quirks, his narcissism, bloom into full throated demagoguery? Answers to every one of these questions will have a profound impact on every living man, woman and child in the world today.
In the words of Benjamin Disraeli, “I am prepared for the worst but I hope for the best.” With that in mind, I wish everybody the best of luck.