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What Does Trump Victory Mean for World, Russia?
MOVCHAN: TRUMP’S VICTORY IS AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS REJECTING SOCIALIST, BUREAUCRATIC TRENDS
THE ACTOR’S TRIUMPH: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE U.S. PRESIDENT-ELECT. (By Andrei Movchan, director of the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Republic.ru [formerly Slon.ru], Nov. 9, 2016, https://republic.ru/posts/75 969. Complete text:) The morning after the US election, described by some as the second 9/11 (after all, it is the 9th of November [according to the Russian system for writing dates - Trans.]), is an excellent illustration of the difference between the probable and the possible. An improbable event happened: The new president is a Presbyterian (of course, the great Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt were Presbyterians too, but [Donald] Trump is the first Presbyterian president in 32 years); a businessman (Trump is the second businessman-turned-presidential candidate in US history, and the first businessman to be elected president) who specializes in gambling, beauty pageants, wrestling and real estate (all these industries have questionable reputations in the US); a man who has had serious problems with the IRS and went bankrupt a few times (as we know from "The Simpsons"); [a man] thrice married and twice nominated for an Emmy; a man who has repeatedly sold his name as a brand to various businesses; the author of what some would describe as a brilliant business plan of suing a bank because its demand to repay a loan hurts his business reputation; a TV host; a man whose jokes are often outright offensive; a man who openly disrespects American norms of behavior, tolerance and gender equality; and a harsh critic of NATO, free trade, confrontation with Russia and international efforts to combat climate change.
The people who voted for Trump were older and mostly male (53% of male voters voted for Trump and only 41% did for [Hillary] Clinton; among women, Clinton led with 54% while Trump was at 42%). Wealthier Americans ...