2016 Presidential Race Reveals the Systemic Crisis in American Society

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The 2016 electoral campaign outcome came like a complete bolt out of the blue for the American establishment, including the ruling elites, as well as academics, journalists, and other groups safeguarding the elites’ interests. Ironically, the showy campaign and the scandalous behavior of US billionaire and TV star Donald Trump, now 45th President-elect, overshadowed the fact that such a candidate per se exposed a deep systemic crisis in American society.

Foreign Press Review (07.11-13.11)

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Last week witnessed the end of the most scandal US presidential election in history, with Donald Trump surprisingly winning the race. The reaction of the western media could be described as “confusion” and “concern”. Almost every news outlet predicted Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory. After the vote, the failed prognoses were explained by the fact that many people, who supported Trump, had just preferred to conceal their intentions before the elections and, therefore, sociologists had wrong numbers. Moreover, some experts noted that the media was so obsessed with demonizing Trump that it eventually indulged in wishful thinking, overlooking the real public sentiment.