A historic but deeply divided mandate
Although Donald Trump comfortably won the Electoral College votes, Hillary Clinton is projected to win the popular vote by the narrowest of margins
The 2016 US presidential election, probably the longest political reality show in the world, finally reached its dramatic climax on Wednesday and will put Donald Trump in the White House. With sub-plots, twists, and turns that would strain even the credibility of a Bollywood potboiler, the curtains came down on, perhaps, the most contentious and vicious hustings in the history of the US. In the end, it was not so much a contest to determine who was the more popular candidate, but rather a competition to see who was less unpopular; it was, as one political commentator mused, “a race to the bottom". The winner was merely just a little less unacceptable than the loser.