As with the morning after the Brexit vote, I look out of the window and everything seems pretty much the same as it did the day before.
People are still sitting around in cafes eating croissants and drinking coffee, but I can hear them nervously singing little songs to themselves, and the smiles on their faces look a little forced, as if they are suddenly about to burst out in a primal scream.
Thomas, my German friend, sends me a text which says, 'Europe needs to be strong now'. This only makes me feel more lonely. In the States, the victory has been described as 'Brexit x 1000', as if this is a good thing.
The pundits never expected this outcome as they didn't expect the Brexit outcome, so they have got a lot of catching-up to do before January. The U.S.A.'s foreign policy will be drawn up very easily and smoothly, because Trump will have the vast resources of the Kremlin's highly experienced civil service at his disposal.
The reason why the pollsters have been getting it so stupidly wrong over the last few years was summed-up perfectly by an optimistic senior Republican on British radio yesterday. He said, "Working class Republicans are not the sort of people who talk to pollsters. They quietly leave the house, go and vote, then go home again without talking to anyone."
Trump's victory speech focussed heavily on 'unification'. He is going to create jobs by building highways, bridges, tunnels and - presumably - walls. He is going to pay attention to the very people who put him in power, the ones who have been ignored by successive Democrat administrations - ordinary American people.
He even touched on some sort of peace and reconciliation between parties now that the outcome allows him this generosity. Will Hilary go to prison, though? During his speech, his supporters could be heard chanting, 'Jail Obama! Jail Obama! Jail Obama!'
The seeds of this victory were sown many years ago now, when white, working-class people (formerly called 'trailer-trash') actually became as poor as the black ones had been for over 200 years. This was truly shocking to most Americans, but it was also highly embarrassing, so rarely talked about.
I remember being deeply shocked by the sight of a 20 year-old, homeless beggar sitting on the pavement here in Bath about 20 years ago, but now I almost take it for granted. This is shameful.
I always make sure I look them in the eyes when they ask me for money though, even if I don't give it. You need to look people in the eyes. It is very important.
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