You were right.
The right-wing media that saw a clear path to the presidency for Donald Trump were right. Authoritarianism trumped decency; the strongman without a shred of public service beat the more-qualified woman with deep experience.
Most importantly, Donald Trump was right. His unique outsider approach to campaigning won him the Republican nomination and the presidency.
American voters — in a tight race and deeply divided nation — decided that Clinton was too much of an insider, too tarnished by self-interest or simply uninspiring. This was the ultimate anti-Washington vote. (The defeat was aided by the FBI director's no-new-evidence email leaks and Gary Johnson's key support in battleground states, which, by any measure, drained Clinton of her victory margin.)
The DNC’s inner-workings exposed by Wikileaks, courtesy of Russian hacking, didn't help, either.
And the vast majority of the media was oh so wrong. Pollsters were wrong, again. Liberal pundits were wrong. Those of us living in our blue-state cocoons were wrong, probably for the same reasons voters in many big cities in the UK simply couldn’t believe that a Leave vote would actually happen.
I couldn’t help but think of Michael Moore last night, as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin became the final bricks to fall in Clinton’s crumbling firewall. He was one of the few liberal commentators to call out the polls and reject conventional knowledge.
Trump ran on being the change candidate, just as Obama had eight years ago. Admittedly, the change they proposed was radically different. Obama doesn't insult and degrade women, immigrants, Mexicans, Jews, Muslims or the disabled. He sought to lift up ("Yes, We Can"), not put down.
The political pendulum in this country has swung in the same direction as much of the rest of the world.
Populist, divisive, anti-immigrant and nationalist political parties are gaining across the globe. Duterte in the Philippines exemplifies this, as does the exceptional rise of fiercely nationalist politicians in the Netherlands, France, Poland, Austria and the ever-present Putin in Russia.
The question is: can Trump govern after the campaign he ran? If his concession speech is any indication, hopefully, his tone will change. Maybe his election persona was just that, a fabricated persona to mobilize white working-class votes.
So many other questions: What happens with Paul Ryan? What happens with the DNC? What happens with NATO? What happens to the “mainstream media” now that Breitbart's baiting and outright lies have distorted the notion of a free and fair press?