Never before in the history of US has a presiden-elect been subjected to so much of vitriolic attack , hateful comments and uncompromising criticism, as it is now happening in the case of Donald Trump.
A section of the media and pledged critics of Trump seem to be bent on spreading their view that administration of Trump would be a disaster and predicting uncharitably that in all probability , Trump would be disowned by the Republican party itself and may be even impeached before long for one reason or the other.
Demonstrations have been organized by the pledged critics of Trump and doomsayers, even before Trump has assumed office as the next US President. While Trump is still considering various names for appointment for critical positions in his administration, critics have started criticizing the probable candidates for such posts.
Reluctance to accept the verdict
During the bitterly fought Presidential election, section of US media left no stone upturned to ensure defeat of Trump and a number of bitter critics even said that they would leave USA, if Trump were to be elected as the President.
In spite of the fact that majority of US citizens have voted in favour of Trump, the opponents of Trump are unwilling to accept the ground reality and seem to be so critical of the majority of Americans who voted for Trump and are showing extreme level of intolerance and taking undemocratic stand in not accepting the verdict.
While many things have been said by both the candidates during the Presidential election, it is the healthy democratic practice that such electoral campaign speeches would be ignored after the poll and the country would settle down to allow the President elect to carry on the administration in a way that he would think appropriate and judge him on the basis of his actions and decisions. Why judge Donald Trump even before he would be sworn ,who are extremely vocal and skeptic.
The criticism of Trump’s opponents,even before he is sworn in, is so unjustified that President Obama, who himself is a critic of Trump, has to intervene and ask the demonstrators not to prejudge Trump’s administration and wait for the type of policy approach that he would provide before commenting and passing judgement.
Support of majority
Obviously, those who voted for Trump are convinced that his criticism about the Obama administration with regard to economic, trade and foreign policies are reasonable and justified. The declaration of Trump that he would protect the interests of the Americans and ensure that illegal migrants would not be allowed to destabilize the peace and harmony in USA and snatch away the jobs from natives have received approval from the majority of voters.
The role of media
It is generally recognized that most section of US media have conducted itself with very partisan attitude during the Presidential poll and it openly called for the defeat of Trump. The hall mark of any media is neutral policy and balanced criticism, considering the fact that there can always be alternate views on any subject. US media now faces the herculean task of re claiming the fair image of fairness and independence that it once had and which it lost during the Presidential election.
In the coming days, it remains to be seen as to whether the US media would reconcile itself to the Trump administration and judge it on its merits or further lose it’s credibility by remaining as unbending critic.
In any case, one hopes that Donald Trump as the President of USA will prove his critics wrong and rise to the expectation of all citizens of USA and the world citizens that he would be a fair and competent President.
It is yet to be seen how Trump would adopt his view and policy with regard to the Paris Climate Declaration. Whatever may be his critical view about the declarations of the COP21 earlier, one hopes that he would reconsider his stand and adopt a policy in tune with the interests of the global ecological and climate requirements. Perhaps, this issue would indicate the overall approach of Trump and shape his international image.