Donald Trump, speaking at the First In Nation Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, New Hampshire. Photo by Michael Vadon, CC BY-SA 2.0.
It’s official: Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. South of the border, where there is a saying that if America sneezes, the region catches a cold, Caribbean netizens have been posting their reactions to the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.
Given the now president elect’s rhetoric on the campaign trail — from his description of Mexicans to his attitude towards Muslims — it is fair to say that the majority of Caribbean netizens perceived Trump to be prejudiced, xenophobic, misogynistic and divisive. Overwhelmingly, this election campaign appeared, at least to the people of the region, to be primarily about race (though there were some arguments that it was more about class). Trump’s victory was therefore a confusing and disturbing one for many Caribbean-based social media users, who could not quite grasp how America could have voted for someone who so openly peddled such intolerance.
Trinidadian Facebook user Brigette Joseph wondered if she was dreaming, saying, “What riles me up the most of all, is that Trump has validated all the feelings and opinions of

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