Dr. Gina Yannitell Reinhardt PhD., lecturer with permanence at the Department of Government at Britain's University of Essex — and who earned her doctorate in political science from Washington University in St. Louis — told Sputnik:
"[US politics] are likely to be broken in a way that we've never seen before. There will be some things that will very easily happen for him, because he is going to have Republican control in the House and the Senate."
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"He's not truly a Republican, in terms of his ideology and the things that he worked for. One thing that seems very clear is that he's willing to change his mind and make no apologies for that. It is not clear that the legislators in Congress are going to agree with a lot of the things that he wants to do.
"People in Congress have to respond to their own constituencies. It's impossible to say what he will do or what he will accomplish. But we can definitely say that this is as uncertain as we've ever been moving forward and the very people who want to "Make America Great Again" have just chosen a president that is unlikely to do anything but damage the reputation of the US in the world," Dr. Gina Yannitell Reinhardt told Sputnik.
Congress Out of Control
Republicans retained control of the Congress — with majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, however, Trump may yet not get his own way — particularly on tax and spending plans.
"I don't think that's very likely. The president has the ability — as the leader of the branch of government that enforces the law — to do things like order the people and federal agencies to enforce particular things. But he doesn't have the ability to make the laws — and certainly not those that pertain to the country as a whole, such as spending laws and taxing laws. So he would have to have quite a few people on his side in order to change the tax code — and that's an incredibly complicated thing to do."
"But he would be able to tell the [Internal Revenue Service] not to enforce certain tax mechanisms and — if that's what he decided to do — then that would mean a lot of people who are supposed to pay taxes would not have to do that," she told Sputnik.
The exit polls released at the ballot closed found that 65 percent of voters said Trump was not honest and trustworthy, while 59 percent said the same thing of Hillary Clinton.
Both Trump and Clinton were the most unfavorable candidates since the 1950, earning a score of —28 and —11 respectively. However, asked which one would bring about change in the US, Trump came out tops with 82 percent against Clinton's 13 percent.
"I think it was [the killer]. Despite all of the things that he has said about women and minorities, immigration and everything inflammatory, a lot of people looked beyond what anybody said and looked to the fact that he is not from the political establishment."
"[Trump] is a person who seems genuine, in the sense that he is willing to say all sorts of dangerous and reckless things and that she [Clinton] is a person who seems very rehearsed and has spent the last several decades working up to this point. I think that a lot of politicians are liars, all politicians are untrustworthy to a certain degree. So their choice was to send someone to the White House who could shake things up and blow the lid off the thing."