How the World Reacted to Trump's Surprise Victory
On Tuesday night, America elected a president who has promised to build a $25 billion wall along the southern border to keep out Mexican immigrants and have Mexico pay for that wall; deport some 11 million undocumented workers; defund Planned Parenthood; ban Muslim immigration; appoint “ultra conservative” justices to the Supreme Court; scrap the Paris climate deal; possibly abandon NATO allies; repeal the Affordable Care Act; “open up” libel laws so he can sue outlets that write unfavorable coverage; and get rid of gun-free zones in America’s schools.
Here are some of the ways the world reacted.
"In this election, White people did not vote against their self-interests. They may have voted against a self-interest—a few actually—but not their most important one: The preservation of White supremacy. Retaining the value of a Whiteness they believed to be increasingly devalued superseded everything else. Including their own livelihoods; their own physical and financial well-beings; their own Christianity; their own agency; their own money; their own educations; their own futures; their own children’s futures, their own country’s legacy; their own country’s status with the rest of the world; their own environment; their own food, air, and water; their own rights; and their own lives." —Damon Young, Very Smart Brothas
"The election of Donald Trump to the presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American president—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety." —David Remnick, The New Yorker
“There is danger in Trump. He’s a man with authoritarian impulses, a conspiracy theorist’s bent, and a taste for vengeance. He has an alarming temperament, little impulse control, and less decency. He has a demagogue’s instinct for finding enemies and a bully’s instinct for finding their weaknesses. He is uninterested in policy, unrestrained by shame, and unbound by norms. He surrounds himself with sycophants and enablers, and he believes both the facts and the falsehoods he finds congenial.” —Ezra Klein, Vox
“This is now Trump’s America. He controls everything from here on forward. He has won this campaign in such a decisive fashion that he owes no one anything. He has destroyed the GOP and remade it in his image. He has humiliated the elites and the elite media. He has embarrassed every pollster and naysayer. He has avenged Obama. And in the coming weeks, Trump will not likely be content to bask in vindication. He will seek unforgiving revenge on those who dared to oppose him. The party apparatus will be remade in his image.” —Andrew Sullivan, New York magazine
"I do not believe that this is people saying, I couldn't possibly have a woman in this role. This is so much bigger than that. This is about—and I will say this, because I have literally nothing left to lose tonight—is this is literally white supremacy's last stand in America. This is it. This is what this looks like… This was hatred on a level that we have not seen since Jim Crow… We underestimated as Americans how deep our hatred was of 'the other.' How deep white, uneducated Americans felt about the demographic shift. We underestimated that level of insidious hatred." —Danielle Moodie-Mills, political commentator
“This is a devastating day for women, for people of color, for disabled people and for an inclusive society in the USA. Trump's election is also a hammer blow for the fight against climate change—and presents a genuine threat to some of the poorest people in the world who will suffer its effects worse." —Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP
“I am personally devastated by the US election result. Trump’s campaign was based upon fear of others, hatred and division. I fear for the world that my children will inherit if such extremism can triumph. Of course, America is still an important friend and ally and we must not give up on our friends, but it is a stark reminder of the need to stand up for liberal values of tolerance, openness and the rule of law.” —Tim Farron Liberal Democrat MP
“We thought the United States would step back from the abyss. We believed, and the polls led us to feel sure, that Americans would not, in the end, hand the most powerful office on earth to an unstable bigot, sexual predator and compulsive liar.... Today the United States stands not as a source of inspiration to the rest of the world but as a source of fear. Instead of hailing its first female president, it seems poised to hand the awesome power of its highest office to a man who revels in his own ignorance, racism and misogyny.” —Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
“This result leads to uncertainty... I also urge vigilance because of statements made by Donald Trump... Certain positions taken by Donald Trump during the American campaign must be confronted with the values and interests we share with the United States... What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East. It is economic relations and the preservation of the planet.” —FranÃ§ois Hollande, French president
“After Brexit and this election, everything from now on is possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Vertigo." —Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the U.S.
“Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” —Marine Le Pen, far-right, anti-Muslim/immigrant National Front party leader
“The real problem is the illness that Trump has spread all across the country, a disease of fear and anger that won't heal easily, nor soon. It's unclear how fear of the unfamiliar and hatred for the unknown took over the hearts of Americans... Now, we ought to look out for ourselves and find a way to work with the most powerful economy in the world, which is now led by an authoritarian racist... The world is much better than Donald Trump. Mexico is much bigger than what Donald Trump has said about us, we are a successful, cheerful nation, and if he doesn't want to work with us, it's his loss. Mexico can look for new business partners and friends, we are able to diversify our economy to create more opportunities for our people. We will find another one to dance with.... We, the citizens of the world, face one challenge today; to keep on working to prevent, at all costs, Donald Trump causing more harm to the United States and the rest of the world.
"I find quite sad that America, formerly the most open and cutting-edge nation, has chosen to lock itself down inside concrete walls. It's tragic that fear, anger and wrath took over and pierced the hearts of their people. It will be hard to recover from this wound; but we better start working to heal as quickly as possible, and bring down the walls that blinded us in the beginning. —Vicente Fox, Mexican president 2000-2006
"The U.S. presidential election results have shown that this country's sickness and civil instability will persist for a long time, and it takes a long time to solve these disagreements and internal problems." —Hassan Rouhani, Iranian president
"Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views. On the basis of these values, I am offering the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation." —Angela Merkel, German chancellor
“A historic victory! A revolution. We also will give our country back to the people of the Netherlands.” —Geert Wilders, anti-Islam/immigrant Freedom Party head
"(Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia. We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia... As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-US relations are in that state. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the US. I repeat we understand this will be difficult, but we are ready to play our part in it." —Vladimir Putin, Russian president