Donald Trump is now officially the 45th president of the United States of America. Love it or hate it, it’s a fact. Years ago, that statement would have sounded crazy but Trump’s meteoric rise isn’t just some story of a fearless underdog. He is one of the well-known billionaires and is a celebrity himself. He doesn’t need other celebrities to endorse him. But breaking down his strategy, we can clearly see why he won. Despite being welcomed by protests here and there, he is America’s next leader. Let’s break down the Huge Reasons Why Donald Trump Won the Election.
10. Anger At The Elites
The Americans are angry. They’re angry at an elite who survived the financial crisis without any pain. Angry at the Congress that can’t pass laws to help people. Angry at a media that sees them as hillbillies, rednecks, and racists and most of all, they’re angry at their lack of opportunities. It’s the death of the American dream.
Maybe if the government or privileged had responded with sympathy, there wouldn’t be this much anger. But nobody did and neither did and will Clinton. For many people left behind, only an outsider like Trump could help and rescue them from the mess they’re in. For a billionaire, he’s surprisingly not a snob but we’ll see about that.
9. Hunger For Change
Change, that’s the only constant thing in the world. And after two terms of the Democrats holding the presidency, people were already hungry for change. Yet few saw Trump’s victory coming. So what happened? Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan.
Even in 2008, Americans were getting fed up with Washington and the elites. Let’s remember, Obama was the “outsider” candidate. He was young and promised “Hope” and “Change.” But miserably failed to bring the desired change. If anything, corruption got worse. The people are fed up and they’ve gone for another candidate who promises to shake things up, for better or for worse.
8. Democrat Failures
Hillary Clinton was the weakest Democratic candidate ever nominated for president, enough said. She had a ton of baggage from the Bill Clinton White House, an ongoing email scandal, a scandal over US deaths in Benghazi, multiple corruption scandals, to name a few.
She was running as a second Clinton when the people had already learned their lesson from the Bush’s. Joe Biden was a more established candidate or Bernie Sanders if they wanted an outsider. Either candidate would have stood a better chance than Hillary. Instead, fate intervened and we are carefully watching our newly elected president.
7. Polling Errors
The absurd 95% chance of victory given to Clinton by almost all pollsters seems outrageous. It also without a doubt affected the election even possibly costing Clinton the presidency. Since July, nearly all polls have shown Clinton winning. There was even a buzz of a Democratic landslide. As a result, they got lazy. Clinton skipped campaigning in traditionally Democratic states and didn’t even spend much time in battlegrounds and swing states, seeing all of them as a sealed deal.
Voters reacted, too. When Nate Silver gave Clinton only a 64% chance of winning, Democrats accused him of fabricating statistics to drive traffic to his website. This “head in the sand” approach allowed them to ignore growing public anger until it was too late.
6. White Anger
We are all aware that some of Trump’s supporters are openly racist. Let’s take David Duke, for example, the former grand wizard of the KKK. Trump won by winning the white vote across every single demographic except college-educated women. That, we know why. He did this by cunningly tapping into “white anxieties.”
The days when America was a white country are over. America is expected to become a majority-minority nation by 2040. The media consistently describes whites as a privileged elite. Campus and online activism have become so identity-focused that many feel constricted. Even when these issues are exaggerated, they’re real and still scary. Donald Trump was outwardly the only candidate who listened.
Terrorism was the number one issue of not just the Trump voters but the whole nation. It exceeded the economic and immigration concerns. The rampant terrorist attacks created a climate of fear and worry. So when Trump proposed a quick-fix Muslim ban, voters respond. It may sound unfair, but it worked.
The same thing with ISIS, China, crime, and immigration. In each case, he offered a simple policy that soothed the people’s worries. Even his impossible proposals spoke to many people. Unfortunately, Hilary’s side disregarded those fears and told anxious Americans they were wrong. Who’s wrong now?
4. FBI’s October Surprise
Even with the polls being obviously off, Hillary might still have squealed a narrow victory. Around mid-October, she was registering 12-point leads. But on October 28, the head of the FBI, James Comey, sent a letter to the Congress telling them that he was reopening the Clinton email investigation. The presidential race exploded, Hillary was toast.
Although the FBI ultimately decided that the new emails didn’t change anything, the damage was already done. Clinton’s poll numbers dropped off a cliff. While she recovered just before the election, she didn’t recover anywhere near enough to win. To describe Hillary in one word: criminal.
3. GOP Failures
It wasn’t only the people but many leaders in the Republican Party did not want this to happen either. Trump is not an orthodox conservative. He’s an isolationist who promised during the campaign to rip up trade deals, overthrow Paul Ryan, and “ensure that the rich will pay their fair share.”
How Trump made it to the White House is due in part to errors by the Republican elites. In January 2016, Ted Cruz won Iowa. He had it all, momentum, was a passionate conservative and was madly popular with evangelicals. All the GOP elites needed to do was embrace Cruz to stop Trump. But they didn’t. They had their chance.
2. Riding The Wave
The first sign that Donald Trump would win the presidency surprisingly came from Britain. The British public challenged all predictions by narrowly voting to leave the EU. “Brexit” featured many characteristics of the Trump campaign such as fears over immigration, anger at a faceless elite, and a claim of white identity. But “Brexit” wasn’t the motivation for Trump’s unexpected win. Both were just riding the wave that’s now sweeping the Western world. 2016 has been the year of the outsider. In Germany, anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland made sweeping electoral gains. In the Philippines,
2016 has been the year of the outsider. Iceland’s left Pirate Party took 25 percent of the vote. In Britain, the official opposition leader is a guy who voted against his own party 500 times. In the Philippines, iron-fisted Rodrigo Duterte was elected on a promise to legalize vigilante killings. In Germany, anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland made sweeping electoral gains. Trump is just the latest to ride that wave to victory.
Trump has a long background in TV and entertainment. He knows exactly what to say to rally up his audience and intuitively knows how to draw attention to himself. Sounds like a true celebrity, right? Every single time one of his rivals started to dominate news coverage, he’d burst the bubble and swing all the cameras back his way.
Trump understood the old but effective adage that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” All election, the media wanted nothing more than to tear Trump down. Instead, they may have accidentally built him up into the most powerful man on Earth. Not that he already is.
After seeing the reasons, now you know why Donald Trump won. Despite being welcomed by protests here and there, there’s nothing we can do about it. The people wanted change and they have decided. Although he’s not blemish free, but compared to his rival Hillary he’s far more pristine. Now Donald, Make America Great Again. #MAGA. We’re watching.