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We must move on from Trump shock

Dear Sir,

An audacious purchase of a presidency. A powerful word used when the circumstances are dire.

Donald Trump, one suspects, has always used this word to transport him to the dizzy heights he has accomplished.

It is a word that, when practised with a large amount of guts, leaves the recipient speechless, shocked and numb — and by the time they recover, it is too late. There is no mystery here, the word is famous for its successes.

A perfect example of audacity was when the British established a stronghold on what was considered an untenable coastal area where the Germans never considered it a possibility to land — and did not adequately prepare to defend — but the audacity and bravery of the British were underestimated.

It was costly but effective and was the beginning of successfully winning the Second World War with sheer audacity and flair.

Mr Trump probably, like an army general, planned his strategy a good year before he declared his intentions, by investigating every state, infiltrating into the lower and middle classes who had grudges, anger and discontent, and who had lost their jobs because the big boys closed the factories and invested to another country for cheaper labour, regardless of the tragic circumstances that left thousands unemployed, broke and very angry.

A man came along who told them that they were not forgotten and that he would look after them, and said what thousands wanted to hear and say, but did not dare. But he dared and, with his audacious style, told it like it was. He has succeeded where no one ever thought it possible.

The word has another credit to its success — plausibility. People laughed and did not take him seriously; a big joke, not listening or remembering what had happened to the forgotten was the Government's big mistake. “It will go away, don't worry,” they said.

One dreads to think how much money went to bribes and promises that may never be kept. But, the American people are special, and a lesson has been learnt — out of bad comes good.

They will turn things around and help what they thought was the enemy, support Mr Trump to be a good president, and bring us all together for the good of the whole. He will be smart enough to understand and recognise that he needs help and togetherness. He will understand the entire world will be watching the healing process, and so it comes to pass that America will be great as ever.

We were fortunate to watch, and see a great lady in action. Hillary Clinton, with her tenacious fight, always showed us her calm character and kind disposition. She was an example to us all. She will not be forgotten and will be a great influence in the things to come.

Every man, woman and child must be told to close ranks and heal, for without that, the wound will not close and will bring us all down.

God bless America and all of us.

DIANA WILLIAMS

Not impressed: several dozen students from various high schools in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area gather in the city's downtown to protest the election of Donald Trump. The protests were peaceful and students said that they felt compelled to demonstrate against Trump because they were not old enough to vote (Photograph by Gillian Flaccus/AP)

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Published November 12, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated November 12, 2016 at 9:59 am)

We must move on from Trump shock

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