Cynthia M. Allen

President-elect Trump must unite Americans

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally early Wednesday in New York.
President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally early Wednesday in New York. AP

Donald Trump is our president-elect.

That’s a difficult sentence to write as a member of the party (and the nation) he claims to represent.

Trump was a horrendous candidate.

A brute and a bully, he divided the Republican Party.

Worse, he divided America, and he used anger to do it.

Despite that, Hillary Clinton was unable to generate enough enthusiasm within her own party to carry her to victory, and she failed to unite the splintered factions that Trump’s destructive antics left up for grabs.

Given Trump’s weekly gaffes, his abject prejudice and flagrant dishonesty, that’s quite an accomplishment.

In the same way Trump’s appeal was underestimated, Clinton’s was overestimated, her superior campaign strategy and get-out-the-vote effort notwithstanding.

Clinton’s inability to beat a candidate as atrocious as Trump says a lot about her, namely that the Democratic Party has its own need for some serious soul-searching.

But what does does Trump’s victory say about our nation?

Trump relied on public anger to win; that anger will multiply unless he can unite the people he spent the campaign dividing.

Cynthia M. Allen: 817-390-7166, @cjmallen12

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