Someone in the office made a joke about a certain Justice in Abuja nullifying the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. It was his way of expressing disappointment that the most unlikely candidate won. Nigerians discussed the American election as though it was their presidential election. There was anxiety about what the then Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, said about immigration policies and the apparent war-mongering tone of his campaign. He was brash and did not call a spade an instrument for digging. A spade had no other name. His proposed stringent measures against immigrants sent fear down the spines of millions of them in the country. On January 20, 2017, he would mount the saddle as President of the United States. According to Wikipedia, Trump is currently the chairman and president of the Trump Organisation, the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests, a position he has said he would vacate prior to taking up residence at the White House. All through his career as a businessman, Trump has built office towers, hotels, casinos, golf courses and other branded facilities worldwide.
Trump was born and raised in New York City and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, he was given control of his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm and later renamed it The Trump Organisation, rising to public prominence shortly thereafter. Trump has appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and has made cameo appearances in films and television series. He sought the Reform Party’s presidential nomination in 2000 but withdrew before voting began. He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015. As of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 156th in the United States.
In June 2015, Trump announced his bid for President as a Republican and quickly emerged as the front-runner for his party’s nomination. In May 2016, his remaining Republican rivals suspended their campaigns, and in July he was formally nominated to run for President at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Trump’s campaign received unprecedented media coverage and international attention. Many of his statements in interviews, on Twitter and at campaign rallies have been controversial or false. Several rallies during the primaries were characterised by protests or riots. On October 7, 2016, a 2005 audio recording surfaced in which Trump bragged about forcibly kissing and groping women; multiple women accused him of forcibly doing so shortly after. He apologised for the 2005 comments and denied the allegations, describing them as part of a wider smear campaign.
There have been insinuations that Trump’s victory was a rejection of Blacks given that the populace saw Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate, as an extension of President Barack Obama’s term. The implication of a Trump victory is a veiled verdict on Obama’s performance that may not be as straight as it seems because Obama rolled up his sleeves to work for the American people. He saved an airline industry tottering on the verge of collapse before his arrival. The American economy took quantum leaps in his time. Several other things can be counted for him.Trump’s election must have taken many people by surprise but for outsiders like this commentator Americans have taken back their country. Trump did say that Americans should take back their country, but no one seemed to know what he meant. Now we know. Obama, for all they knew, was an outsider, they have kicked him out. Clinton had all the credentials but she was on the wrong side of veiled racism. Some people say America, in spite of its touted freedom, was not ready for a woman President.
Trump has triumphed over several forces lined up against him. I do hope he would match his victory with performance.