5 reasons why Donald Trump's election might actually be a good thing


One of the biggest political upsets in American history has become a reality: Donald Trump is now officially the next president of the United States.

The rank outsider, right up until the final days of the respective campaigns, Trump has divided voters and observers alike with what seemed like an unceasing torrent of controversy: both of his opinions, and of his past.

But whether you voted for him, against him, or watched from the sidelines, the election of a fresh face like Trump could promote a lot of positives for the American politics of the future.

Here's why:

1. He proved outsiders count

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Voters line up at the polls to cast their ballots in Fenton, Michigan (Tegan Johnston/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP/PA)

With his considerable coffers, Trump was seen by many as hardly the answer to a generation wanting to fight inequality.

But if you look past the money, you still see the realisation of something fantastically improbable: the election of a true outsider with no political experience.

Just yesterday, Barack Obama was pushing Americans to think about how any person can make a difference - but ironically it's Donald Trump who's proving that right. Not only has he never held elected office, he was battling against a tide of media and political commentators who said he could never do it.

He's proved them wrong. And while many are less than happy about it, it doesn't change the fact that he's led the way for other non-establishment figures to join him. And that's a positive note for American democracy.

2. Cheap American holidays?

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The pound started up against the dollar on Wednesday. There wasn't so much luck with the London Stock Exchange (Mark Lennihan AP/PA)

While other currencies (notably the US dollar) started nosediving at the unavoidable uncertainty that a Trump presidency brings with it, the pound's recent plummet in the wake of the Brexit vote did show signs of a small recovery against the dollar, as currency markets opened to a 1.2430 rate, up 0.41%.

If the pound continues to rally against the dollar, that could make trips to the States a lot more affordable to Brits, who have been reeling at the soaring cost of going abroad since June 24. Time for a holiday?

3. Political Satire

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Jon Oliver has been a notable critic of Trump's campaign (Charles Sykes AP/PA)

Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, Jon Oliver, SNL: they've all made a wealth of material off the back of the Trump campaign. Well guess what: they now have at least four years to create some amazing satirical material out of a Donald Trump presidency.

So, we can all laugh together ... right?

4. Political engagement

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A voter casts her paper in in Glens Falls, New York (AP Photo/The Post-Star, Steve Jacobs/PA)

If you can't fault Trump for one thing, it's his ability to get people talking.

Divisive, cutting - even offensive at points, but Trump's campaign has mobilised a lot of people to get out and get voting, and that is at the heart of any strong democracy.

Even if Trump mobilises people against him, that charge to get people politically active means that more young voters will engage in politics, and more future politicians will come out of it.

5. Kanye 2020

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West has previously pledged to stand for president in the 2020 elections (Jonathan Brady PA)

We said this proves it can be anyone - and it really can be anyone - who comes to lead future elections in the States.

So it's no surprise that people are already calling on Kanye West to put his candidacy where his mouth is and run for president in 2020, as he said he would do at the MTV Music Awards in 2015. Just look at Twitter's #Kanye2020 reaction and you'll see this is more than just a few dreamers.

It might be the next biggest political upset since ... well, Trump.