Richard Branson says election has caused lasting damage to America's collective psyche

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group
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Richard Branson, the British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group, has urged people to support one another in "challenging times" after a bruising campaign resulted in Donald Trump being elected the next U.S. president.

Branson published a blog post on his company's website on Wednesday lambasting the pernicious impact the divisive electoral campaign would have on American people.

"This election has undoubtedly caused lasting damage, both to America's collective psyche and to the political will of its leaders to collaborate," he said.

"But there is much to be done: to protect democratic processes, to stand up to intolerance, and to support each other in these challenging times," Branson added.

The entrepreneur was a vocal critic of Trump's in the runup to the vote, and said Wednesday his biggest concerns included the possibility of an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court.

"Hard-earned progress on equality, women's rights, immigration and climate change are at risk," he said. "What type of message does Trump's victory send to young people about the behaviors, principles and attitude to others required to succeed in life?"