Peter Marcus
November 9, 2016
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US Election 2016

I tried to stay awake last night to watch results come in from across America in their presidential election. I fell asleep some point before the final result was announced; in fact, while a Clinton victory was still on the cards.

I woke up this morning with it clear that, while she ran a good campaign, Clinton would not become the 45th president of the United States.

I would like to say that I congratulate Trump for his victory. Somehow though I instead find myself typing 'I would like to commiserate America for their loss'. (Perhaps it's autocorrect.)

I don't send my commiserations to all Americans; if you're an old white guy with a wife who's younger than you and a distinct fear of paying taxes, the world finding out how rich you aren't and the size of certain parts of your body (hands... I meant hands...), enjoy the White House.

If you're one of the millions of Americans who voted for a president with a track record of government and without a track record of sexually assaulting people then I am sorry

If you're one of the people who decided an email scandal disqualifies you from the presidency but are perfectly ok with a sexist racist with a string of business failures and court appearances behind him I a) truly fear for your mental state and b) hope that by 2020 you will have realised your mistake.

And thank you, as a nation, for making Brexit the second worse political mistake of the year.

We know from the past eight years that congressional republicans are very good at slowing down government and making life near impossible for the President - let's hope they remember how to do that now.