Writing as an outsider, I must say I am beyond puzzled by the election results. Confused, alarmed, dismayed and depressed would be more appropriate adjectives.
I spent five weeks in North America in September-October, spending time in California, New Mexico, Nevada, New York and New Jersey. I watched the first two presidential debates live. I witnessed the exposure of the lewd Trump comments as they happened.
All in all, I watched way too much political coverage trying to understand two things: (a) what was so wrong with Hillary Clinton that made her so unpopular, and (b) what made reasonable people feel that a self-confessed liar, a bully, a misogynist, an inciter of racial hatred, a multiple bankrupt and a philanderer could be the answer to their legitimate concerns.
I spoke to friends and strangers, in hotels, airports, cabs, concerts, wherever. I received no cogent answer to either of these questions.
With fewer than 50% of the eligible population bothering to vote, and with Trump receiving fewer overall votes than Clinton, this is scarcely a sweeping mandate, as claimed.
Those who wanted to "drain the swamp" don't seem to realise that Trump is now deeply mired in the swamp, being advised by others of the political elite: Pence, Christie, Giuliani, Palin, Carson, Gingrich, Ryan et al.
I believe that once those feeling excluded from the American Dream realise they have been conned by a flimflam man, they will turn on him.
And those wishing for a third party option? Don't just talk about it, do it. Your Constitution starts "we the people", not "people". Be active, be involved, always vote. Otherwise, you have abrogated your right to complain.