Your headline, 'US election: Brash Donald Trump learns art of diplomacy overnight' (News, November 10), confuses Trump's ability to read a speechwriter's soothing words from a teleprompter with a diplomatic change of heart.
It is too easy to describe the lies, hate, ignorance and vulgarity Trump displayed over the past 15 months as merely the excesses of a presidential campaign.
To quote David Remnick's excellent article, 'An American Tragedy', in The New Yorker (November 9): "In the coming days, commentators will attempt to normalise this event... They will downplay the virulence of the nationalism displayed, the cruel decision to elevate a man who rides in a gold-plated airliner, but who has staked his claim with the populist rhetoric of blood and soil.
"There are, inevitably, miseries to come: an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court; an emboldened Right-wing Congress; a President whose disdain for women and minorities, civil liberties and scientific fact, to say nothing of simple decency, has been repeatedly demonstrated. Trump is vulgarity unbounded, a knowledge-free national leader who ... will strike fear into the hearts of the vulnerable, the weak and, above all, the many varieties of Other whom he has so deeply insulted. The African-American Other. The Hispanic Other. The female Other. The Jewish and Muslim Other."
Diplomacy? Trump doesn't know the meaning of the word. His presidency will be one of his inner circle constantly trying to rein in this thin-skinned, impulsive demagogue.
On a perilous world stage, for all our sakes, let's hope they succeed.
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