Twenty-four hours after the counting started in the United States elections, the incumbent Donald Trump is being taken kicking and screaming to the exit door of his presidency.
Though the final results are not out, Trump will likely find himself dumped by the electorate on to the sidewalk. He will have to get up, dust himself and walk away into history. Unless there is another twist in the tale in 2024, and he returns again as a contender for the top job.
But he has proved a point, that he still has massive support among the American people. This will surely rank among the biggest surprises of the election. The 68 million votes Trump polled was a close call unlike many forecasts which talked of a landslide in favour of the Democratic contender Joe Biden. Trump has managed to get more votes than he did in 2016, and overall has secured 48 percent of the vote.
What this means is that, contrary to a large section of the media, analysts and the intelligentsia, Trump has had a big impact on the nature of US politics over the last four years.
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