Exit polls revealed 61 percent of Americans don’t believe Trump is ready to be president. And yet, what much of the country thought was unthinkable is now all the country is thinking about: Donald Trump will soon be sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. Even Trump’s most ardent supporters aren’t sure what comes next, although they’re thrilled by the very uncertainty that terrifies Democrats and the elites the president-elect so often railed against.
“The country should be freaked out, because Trump picked the scab. He picked the scab off the media, he picked the scab off the political establishment and revealed a lot of things that people probably weren’t aware of, but now they are,” said Joe Griffin, a New Hampshire resident who attended more than a dozen Trump rallies and attended his victory party at the Hilton Midtown. “It’s okay if we bleed a little bit. This country just needed a change.”
Perhaps more than with any president-elect in recent memory, there is deep uncertainty about what happens next—with what Trump’s cabinet, his legislative agenda and, over time, his country will look like. How, many wonder, will an emotionally volatile demagogue unify a divided country and form a governing coalition to lead the world’s largest democracy? Perhaps most immediately, how will he move to calm the financial markets after a massive sell-off Tuesday night deepened as his electoral chances improved?