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12 things that have happened since Donald Trump won a month ago

Since Donald Trump's US election victory, shockwaves have been felt from Wall Street to abortion clinics

Matt Broomfield
Friday 09 December 2016 18:20 GMT
5 things to have already happened since Trump's election

It's been a month since the world woke up to find Donald Trump had been elected President of the United States of America. Amid 30 days of broken promises, broken bones and unexpected surges in Bitcoin, here are 12 things that have already changed:

Hate crime rocketed

There were 900 hate crimes in the 10 days after Mr Trump's odds-defying victory, the Southern Poverty Law Centre reported. Hijabs were yanked off heads and swastikas scrawled across walls, as hate crimes shot up by 6,500 per cent in Michigan and increased across the country as a whole. And at least one Trump supporter was left with broken bones after tangling with demonstrators.

Charitable donations surged too

On the other hand, human rights organisations secured vital boosts in funding, with the American Civil Liberties Union raking in $7.2m in just five post-election days. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Center for Reproductive Rights and LGBTQ* anti-suicide hotline, the Trevor Project, also enjoyed major boosts in donations.

African-Americans started buying guns

As white power graffiti sprung up overnight across the USA, weapon store owners reported gun sales to African-Americans and other ethnic minority groups had as much as quadrupled. “Racists now feel like they can attack us just because the President is doing it,” one newly armed civilian told NBC News.

The stock market hit new highs...

As markets reacted to the election of the pro-business tycoon, the Dow Jones index hit an all-time high. Money was also pumped into stocks by investors pulling their money out of government bonds, on the expectation of massive federal infrastructure spending by the Republican regime.

... particularly for arms dealers and Trump's new cronies

BAE Systems hit an all-time high in the 24 hours after the election, and the Israeli security company that manufactured the barrier segregating the Gaza Strip saw its stock leap as it eyed a slice of Mr Trump's Mexican border wall contract. Shares in Goldman Sachs, the former employer of White House-bound Steve Bannon and Steve Mnuchin, climbed to their highest value for nearly a decade.

Trump rolled back on his campaign promises

But about that Mexican border wall: it might actually be a fence. Nor will Hillary Clinton be pursued by a special prosecuting team. "I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't", Mr Trump said as he dropped the policy. The President-elect even grudgingly admitted there might be "some connectivity" between human action and global warming, though whether he acts on climate change still "depends on how much it's going to cost our companies".

Donald Trump named Time Person of the Year

Lawful protesters were hit with unprecedented restrictions

ABC reported that swathes of public land in Washington were being blocked off to prevent protests before, during and after Nr Trump's inauguration. It's an entirely new move, ahead of a ceremony which has already attracted four times more applications from would-be demonstrators than is usual.

Canada faced a flood of potential immigrants

As news of Mr Trump's victory broke, the Canadian immigration website crashed under the volume of visitors. Google searches for homes in Canada also boomed, and property companies reported an exponential growth in enquiries about property north of the border.

People went into therapy

One online therapy start-up reported a seven-fold increase in interest after the election.

America's abortion laws grew harsher

"A new president, new Supreme Court justice appointees change the dynamic," said Republican politician Keith Faber, as he announced the Trump-fuelled victory of a twice-defeated abortion bill in Ohio. By banning any terminations where a heartbeat is detected, America's harshest abortion law will block terminations from just six weeks after conception.

Bitcoin boomed

Saxo Bank predicted the secure cyber-currency will continue its current growth spurt to triple in value through 2017, in response to massive volatility in conventional currency created by the coming Trump incumbency.

And fascists had the time of their lives

Marine le Pen said Mr Trump's election was "good news for France" and part of a "great movement around the world", while far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders predicted Mr Trump's "revolution" would come to the Netherlands.

The United Nations felt obliged to issue a warning against the "rhetoric of fascism" becoming normalised.

Human rights chief Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein said: "In some parts of Europe, and in the United States, anti-foreigner rhetoric full of unbridled vitriol and hatred is proliferating to a frightening degree, and is increasingly unchallenged."

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