The global view from downtown DC

Outside the White House. (Photo by Teaganne Finn)
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Amira Adam, 33, is an international student. She is black. She is Muslim.

As she puts it, she is “checking all the boxes” not allowed by Donald J. Trump, the new president-elect of the United States.

Adam, who has been in Washington, D.C., for the past six months, said she fears the election results. She is not alone. The reaction around the world has been one of shock. The value of the Mexican Peso tanked, as well as the Japanese stock market dropped.

During his campaign, Trump regularly accused Muslims of harboring terrorists and talked about banning them from entering the country. He talked about building a massive wall on the Mexican border and he has been criticized for praising Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

“If he does what he says he’s going to do it’s going to be a disaster,”Adam said, who was having lunch with her friend Asmaa outside Farragut Square in downtown D.C.

Asmaa, who did not want to give her last name out of fear of retribution, has lived in D.C. for a year. She said she has faced three instances of Islamophobia.

“Imagine it now,” the 28-year-old said. “I honestly don’t think I can go through public transportation at night to my house, so basically I’ll be going from my work straight away to my house.”

Visitors react

Muthana Rahman, 32, a naturalized citizen whose family is from Bangladesh, said Trump brought out racism against people of color that most liberal Americans did not think was present in the country.

On social media, Trump was compared to the late German dictator Adolf Hitler over the weekend with the hashtag #BeenThereDoneThat because of his remarks against minorities and Muslims.

Tatjana Redrer, a German native who was visiting D.C., is concerned for the relationship between her country and the United States. “Everyone with a little bit of brain is going to have to not let Trump get what he wants,” Redrer, 26, said. “If he does, it’s going to be the third world war. That’s what I’m afraid of.”

Others are more optimistic.

Ashok Donava-Lalai, 25, said he was happily surprised by Trump’s win.

The Wright State University student said he believes in Trump and likes that Trump supports his homeland, India.

“I think Donald Trump is a far better human being than Hillary Clinton,” said Donava-Lalai. “Whenever I see Hillary promise something she never meets the expectations.”

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