President Donald Trump: It will take some getting used to

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Taking a stand

The pleas from top Democrats is to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance to lead. But young people in Sacramento, the Bay Area and many other cities had other things in mind.

Students at several Bay Area high schools walked out in the middle of class on Wednesday. Later, protesters took over the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall, and marched on Trump Tower in Chicago, and on city centers in New York, Seattle and Pittsburgh.

This could be a sign of things to come, particularly among millennials who supported Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for president. At the very least, it’s a very loud and very proud challenge for Trump. We wish more of them would have voted. – Erika D. Smith, @Erika_D_Smith

Take a number: 77 percent

Voters agreed with The Bee editorial board’s recommendations for candidates and measures on Tuesday’s ballot 77 percent of the time. The count is 33 of 43, but voters went the other way on two high-profile decisions. While voters in California supported Hillary Clinton, the nation elected Donald Trump our next president. And Californians agreed to legalize and commercial recreational pot. When history proves we were right, we won’t say we told you so. Too often.

Our take

Editorial: How California can be a role model for legal weed. Like it or not, the Green Rush is now upon us. Voters in California and eight other states considered marijuana-related measures on Tuesday and passed at least seven, including our Proposition 64, which legalized recreational use of the drug.

Editorial: President-elect Donald Trump can and should take some immediate steps to calm fears at home and abroad. For the sake of our nation, we truly hope that the man who will become president is the humble man who called for unity in his victory speech – not the divisive bully who tweeted 3 a.m. attacks against a former Miss Universe.

Dan Morain: California zigged when the rest of the nation zagged, and not just because it approved the commercial sale of recreational marijuana. Democrats can take some solace in California’s election returns. But amid the Election Day rubble, nothing could blunt the reality that the Oval Office occupant will be Donald J. Trump.

Ben Boychuk gloats a little that way back in June, he predicted Donald Trump’s victory and gives six reasons why it happened.

Joe Mathews: Why California should look abroad to fix democracy.

Their take

L.A. Times: Even as we congratulate Donald Trump on his victory, and even as we hope – perhaps against hope – that he will govern in a more inclusive way than he campaigned, we can’t conceal our disappointment that such a candidate was rewarded with victory.

San Francisco Chronicle: The United States had its “Brexit moment” on Tuesday. The pollsters didn’t see it coming. Most pundits did not see it coming. Democrats who thought they were on the brink of a solid Hillary Clinton victory certainly did not see it coming.

Miami Herald: The New York billionaire caught the media and political elites flat-footed. Very few saw this coming, just as very few understood the depth of resentment and frustration that so many in the white working class feel regarding what they see as condescension and disdain by the nation’s political establishment and the government in Washington.

Charlotte Observer: It is morning in America, but a cloudy one. The financial markets have been jumpy. The world is shaken. Progressives are talking about leaving the country, now that Donald Trump will be our next president.

Lexington Herald Leader: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has a more important role and bigger responsibilities than ever. Republicans held the Senate against Democratic challengers on Tuesday, and, unlike House Speaker Paul Ryan, who openly clashed with Donald Trump and may face a challenge from within his caucus, McConnell is secure in his post.

Seattle Times: In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton showed the grace, thoughtfulness and steadfast commitment to American values that could have made her a great president.

The Atlantic: Hillary Clinton endorsed a peaceful transition of power; pundits decided she was emotional. David Gergen seemed to want her, on some level, to be hurt. To cry. To be emotional. Not because he is cruel, but because she is a woman, and that – as Gloria Borger reminded CNN’s viewers – is what women do. Right after Clinton’s speech and its analysis, CNN switched shows; John King took over as anchor. The topic, however, remained the same: “More of her emotional statement,” King promised, “in a bit.”

Syndicates’ take

Nicholas Kristof: Gritting our teeth and giving Trump a chance.

Kathleen Parker: The mourning after.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The responsibilities of opposition.

Eugene Robinson: The American experiment will be put to the test.

Michael Gerson: Let’s hope Trump discovers a commitment to the common good.

Jennifer Rubin: Now what does Donald Trump do?

Doyle McManus: Trump made promises he can’t possibly keep.

Andrew Abramson: Full of doubts about Trump, but hopeful.

Charles C. Camosy: College-educated Americans are out of touch.

Elizabeth Saunders: What a President Trump means for foreign policy.

Jared Bernstein: Reflections from a progressive.

Arsalan Iftikhar: Being a Muslim in Trump’s America is frightening.


“She just happened to take a camera into a shower area at the gym. Doesn’t everybody? Then the camera took a picture of a 70-year-old woman who was minding her own business taking a shower. It must have been an accident.”– Paula Mazuski, Sacramento

Tweet of the day

“Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before” – Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump