In year 2000, television show The Simpsons predicted that business tycoon Donald Trump would become US President.
In the episode “Bart to the Future,” Bart had a vision 30 years into the future that his sister Lisa is the president, after Trump. Sixteen years later, the prediction has materialized, following the Republican mogul’s stunning victory to become the 45th US President.
The two-year campaign, which Hillary Clinton describes in her concession speech, was “vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized.” The bitter period, peppered with personal attacks and controversial remarks, has indeed ended. The USA will have a new commander-in-chief on Jan. 20, 2017. But the period of shock and celebration is just beginning.
Here are three notable things that have transpired since Trump won the White House.
Canada’s immigration website crashed
While Mars is not yet a viable option for people looking for a new habitat, Americans’s, who no longer want to live in their homeland when “President-elect Trump” happened, next option is to move up north.
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website has crashed due to the sheer number of requests from would-be immigrants.
The site, which provides information on how to live in or become a citizen of Canada, has stopped working overnight. It is later restored, followed by a tweet from the website saying, “Immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens.”
Stock markets plunged across Asia and Europe
Stock markets were rattled and investors reacted with volatility following Trump’s win.
Mexican plummeted more than 10 percent against US dollar, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 5.36 percent, the global oil price went down 3 percent, and, here in the Philippines, stocks plunged to a 7-month low.
But as soon as the shock ebbed, the same markets rallied the next day on the hopes that Trump’s plans would bolster the US economy.
Non-whites and members of the LGBTQ community are allegedly being mistreated
As Trump supporters celebrated their bet’s victory, many people of color, US immigrants, Muslims and members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community have reported “traumatic” experiences of being ashamed and mistreated in the public.
Black Americans are allegedly being called names, while immigrants are said to being told to “go back to their country.”
Same-sex couples are also reporting unpleasant treatment. American writer and civil rights activist Shaun King tweeted a photo of a note left on a car, which states: “Can’t wait until your ‘marriage’ is overturned by a real president. Gay families = burn in hell. Trump 2016.”
And the primary culprits in these reports are said to be Caucasians or white Americans.
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