Donald J Trump, pitted by the American media as a reviled, unpopular candidate will be the 45th President of the United States, winning in a landslide victory and essentially restructuring the electorate demographic of the entire country. Now that CNN anchors have taken their bruised egos to bed, at least half of American voters and the watching world is left with a bitter sense of betrayal.

Obviously, the polls lied. The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other major newspaper in the country endorsed Hillary Clinton and then did her bidding with unapologetic bias, it can be reasonably assumed, to sway swing voters. Did it work? No, it didn’t, and it proved two things: a) That the media, contrary to its own self-importance, is not king-maker, and b) That the Clinton-media marriage made the undecided electorate suspicious and turn to less credible places to make its decision. More than anyone else in the Clinton camp, it is the liberal media giants who will be devouring massive helpings of humble pie in the coming months.

At the heart of the Clinton campaign was the belief that better sense would prevail in the end, and its grave mistake was taking this as truism. It made them lazy, made them seem arrogant and ultimately disconnected. Critical Latino voters for example, were left to self-organise under the assumption they would certainly vote Clinton over the “racist bigot.” But not enough Latino voters showed up on election day and almost 30% of the ones who did, voted for Trump.

Through fear mongering and rhetoric, the Trump camp tapped into the complex realities of the American public today – complexities not limited to working class whites as the media would have had us previously believe. From the poorest to the richest income brackets, a New York Times exit poll shows Trump commanded higher voters in almost all income bands. The Clinton camp fought the immigration and terrorism rhetoric with almost nothing memorable, except for the parents of fallen Captain Khan. Even then, 61% of voters in the US military service, voted for Trump.

So, how does this affect ordinary Pakistanis? Actually, it really doesn’t. International aid is down to a trickle and immigration to the US was already highly controlled. Muslims, especially Pakistani Muslims, were already being spied upon, unable to find jobs, holding up visa lines and flooding TSA rooms. In fact, almost everything Trump said he was going to do, was already being done. It can be reasonably assumed that his government cannot logistically implement a Muslim ban, but simply extend the policing of the last administration. The popular racist sentiment is indeed troubling, but it may prove better in the long run to treat this as the vocalisation of issues in a counselling room, as America’s moment of nervous breakdown, from which gradually, it might re-evaluate and rebuild itself.