Donald Trump as president - will he be deal-maker or divider?

Media captionWhich Donald Trump will govern?

As Washington swoons in the halcyon promise of unity, a somewhat trite commitment made in the days after every contentious election in modern history, we should not forget that Donald Trump made a campaign habit of fuelling disunity.

It is worth remembering, not out of political grievance, but as a clue to what kind of president he will be.

Watch what the president-elect does, not what he says.

In many ways this was an election between two New York Democrats.

On economic issues, Mr Trump threw out the tenets of American conservatism.

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US election: The state that defines the American divide

Media captionUS Election 2016: Presiding over a divided flock

Derwin Gray won't say which way he is voting.

The charismatic, former NFL-playing pastor of Transformation Church doesn't want to upset the carefully choreographed racial balance of his evangelical congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Blood on American streets? I doubt it

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I've had the chance to spend time at a couple of Trump events this week. By and large, the people I met were cheerful, kind, (mostly white) middle class Americans.

It's pretty unthinkable that the elderly veteran from Chicago or the nice couple from upstate New York will take up bayonets and charge Pennsylvania Avenue baying for blood if Clinton is elected.

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US election: Driverless cars and other reasons we have Trump

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This election is fascinating because it tells us so much about a country that is rapidly changing. There's no one reason to account for Donald Trump, it is the product of a number of social, economic and cultural shifts.

In no particular order, and you may think of others, here's why I think Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for the White House this year.

1. Never Admire Free Trade Again

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'Cut her mic' moment left me flabbergasted

Media captionBen Carson wanted Katty Kay's mic turned off during a tense interview

"Cut her mic."

No-one's ever said my microphone should be cut before, so when Dr Ben Carson suggested I should be shut up after I asked him if he thought the women accusing Donald Trump of sexual abuse were lying, I was a bit flabbergasted. It sounded almost Soviet.

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The dark secret of sexual assault

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on October 13, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida Image copyright Getty Images

I really hoped I wouldn't have to write another article about sexual abuse during this presidential campaign.

But the latest allegations against Donald Trump have prompted an important national conversation about the wider abuse of women.

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A silver lining in #TrumpTapes story

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Call me Pollyanna but I'm starting to see a silver lining in "Pussygate".

The outpouring of revulsion at what Mr Trump said in that now infamous videotape shows how much attitudes towards women have changed.

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US election 2016: Why this Trump row is different

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Image caption Trump had just married Melania when the recording was made in 2005

A couple of weeks ago, after the row over Trump "fat-shaming" Alicia Machado, I suggested the Republican candidate lay off our weight.

Warning: This article contains some graphic language

Now, and I can hardly believe I'm having to write this, I suggest he lay off our vaginas.

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US Election 2016: Hillary's campaign and Bill's women

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Image caption Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers

Early this year, Donald Trump made the seemingly audacious suggestion that Hillary Clinton was somehow responsible for Bill Clinton's infidelities. Trump called her an "enabler" and said she "attacked the women who Bill Clinton mistreated afterward."

In typical Trump fashion, the comment was designed to get attention. Mrs Clinton has been a champion of family issues and women's rights throughout her career, so the idea that she was the enabler of someone Mr Trump has called "the greatest abuser of women in the history of politics," appeared outrageous.

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Lay off a woman's size, Trump

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Every man who has a sister, mother, wife, girlfriend or even a random female in their life who they've spent more than three minutes with knows that telling a woman they've gained weight is just never going to go down well.

Every man knows that, except, it seems, Donald Trump.

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