From The Reporter’s Notebook
Front pages of newspapers across the country reflected the country’s new reality Wednesday morning, announcing the surprise election of Donald Trump as the 46th President of the United States. TPM’s Kristin Salaky rounded them up.
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “There is quite a lot to think about here. And we’ll be talking about all of them in the coming days. But here is one thing that I think is going to be a much bigger deal than we might have thought. Trade is a huge part of Trump’s agenda — if he sticks to it. How can we know? Trump will have a Congress dominated by a party that is still dominated by supporters of trade liberalization. Something has to give there. Is the Chamber of Commerce, Paul Ryan, most of the Republican senators going to go along with tearing up most of the country’s trade agreements? I very much doubt it.”
“I disagree that he ran on division.”
– Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway embarked on a round of morning television interviews Wednesday following the stunning victory for the Republican nominee.
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From a TPM Prime member: “In the short run, there is great policy uncertainty. So businesses won’t invest and consumers won’t spend. This will lead to a very quick recession which will be exacerbated by trade wars. The recession will be blamed on a global conspiracy. This is much more fundamental than Brexit — UK still enjoys reasonable governance. In the long term, damage may be colossal. We will lose our industrial and scientific hegemony, investment will stop and slow down in Silicon Valley, we will see organized and permitted violence against minority groups.”
Related: When Paul Ryan returns to Washington next week, the party he has long campaigned for, the ideals he fought for and the conservatism he said he believed in are no longer the same.
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