The coming years might be a wakeup call for those who voted for Donald Trump because they thought he was non-establishment, unlike Hillary Clinton. Trump’s corporate linkages and shrewdness made him a prime candidate for the Republicans to adopt and fit into the status quo of American power politics. His misogyny, his views on immigrants and his odd notions of walls and women’s rights were the only things holding him back. It turned out, by Election Day, these values did not matter to the majority. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton’s touching concession speech seems to have struck a chord for its liberal optimism in the face of loss, its simple message of hope, and its earnestness – all the things the Americans wanted all along.

Democrats and Republicans could find a way to work with each other if they made a serious effort to do so. The recent years of gridlock can be explained mostly by inadequate good faith efforts at compromise. Will Trump be willing to compromise on issues? If his business career is anything to go by, the man is good at making deals and making money, so there is hope. If his business acumen can be focused on job creation and making Americans rich quick, Trump could win the detractors over, balancing his misogynistic and xenophobic past as well the conservativeness of the republicans.

The problem here is that Republican supported economic policy has been instrumental in creating class divide and economic inequality since the 1980s. The neo-liberal policy package of low taxes on corporations, and minimal welfare programs is what has brought got America to its current economic misery. Trump will never encourage investment in welfare, and job creation for the middle class requires an overhaul of industrial policy, wages, and reducing income inequality in the corporate sector. The economy will very well grow under Trump, but it is quite unlikely that the bottom 15 percent will gain much from this.

The healing of a broken American society is now in the hands of the Republicans. Healing will require compromising on issues like women’s rights to their body, better welfare systems, an end to racial violence – things that the Democrats stand for. This may be too much for the Republicans, and being in majority in Congress, they do not have to compromise at all. But if these issues are not resolved through consensus, the fissures will turn into fractures and violence in America will only continue to grow. Already there are mass protests across the United States to protest Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election win. Trump’s challenge will be to engage those who did not support him and pull Republicans and willing Democrats together to heal domestic fissures. It will be quite a feat to achieve this, when his campaign was successful due to the exploitation of the same fissures.