By Edmond Y. Azadian
On November 8, America reached the end of one of its ugliest presidential campaigns in recent history, the outcome of which stunned the world and perhaps even surprised Donald Trump himself, since the polls were predicting a certain though narrow victory for Hillary Clinton.
Now, during the transition period, President-Elect Trump’s foes and friends alike are realigning as the body world politic prepares to deal with an unpredictable world leader.
Throughout the campaign, Armenians were confused since neither candidate offered much; Hillary Clinton demonstrated her insensitivity to Armenian issues (both during the signing of the Protocols in Zurich in 2009 as well as her visit to Yerevan in 2010) while Donald Trump did not even bother to address the issues.
Now, together with the rest of the world, as American citizens we need to accept the verdict of the voting public and pay due respect to the new president, who polls indicated, garnered the votes of 70 percent of white men with no college education.
We need also to take our cue from politicians who came running to his door to pledge their allegiance after the election, something that was far from their minds a few months ago. There are two particularly notable cases. First is House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had never hidden his contempt for candidate Trump. All of a sudden, he announced that Donald Trump had “heard a voice that nobody had heard before him.”