Groups across the country are angry about policies Trump has promised to enforce concerning immigration, the environment, LGBT rights and other issues.
On the latest episode of GPS
, Zakaria says Trump's victory has highlighted the division between urban versus rural and the winners and losers in America's meritocracy.
The Republican Party knew how to show respect to the have-nots, Zakaria says. But he says racism also played a part in Trump's victory.
Countries such as France and Germany, where the white majority populations have faced a rise in immigrants, have also seen a strengthening in right-wing populism, he says.
"Perhaps the phenomenon might be better described as a reaction to cultural change, but it often expresses itself simply as hostility to people who are different, and are usually brown and black."
And Trump connected with his target audience.
"Donald Trump's political skill was to speak defiantly about both these sensitive issues -- elitism and race -- in a simple, direct and politically incorrect way that connected with white voters, particularly white men," Zakaria says.
"But in doing so, he also terrified tens of millions of other Americans."