The world gasped in collective disbelief on Wednesday following the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, with apprehensive allies seeking to put a brave face on a result they had dreaded and American adversaries exulting in an outcome they see as a potential turning point in global affairs. [...][B]eneath the assurances of business as usual, and even optimism in some quarters, was deep anxiety that Trump's win could fundamentally unsettle the global order.
Across the planet, people are contemplating the possibility that the United States might not be so exceptional after all."Much of the world is no longer in awe of you," said Lyall Mercer, managing director of a public relations company in Australia.Mr. Mercer noted that state lawmakers in Sydney had recently adopted a resolution by unanimous accord that described Mr. Trump as a "revolting slug.""Of course I understand this is about the candidate and not the country," Mr. Mercer said. "But the very fact that they were willing to do this, with not one M.P. speaking against it -- despite knowing they were ridiculing someone who could be the next president of our most important ally -- I think speaks to the diminishing awe, or even respect."