Why Did Trump Win?

Many are waking up this morning to the stark realization that Trump was elected President of the United States last night – something pollsters and pundits said wouldn’t and couldn’t happen.

I thought from the start that Trump would be elected. America has a thing for celebrities, and they have elected Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessie Ventura and Ronald Reagan in the past.

However, it wasn’t just because he was a celebrity that he was elected, and let me explain what I mean by that.

Here are the three biggest reasons I believe Donald Trump was elected.

Bernie Fiasco

WikiLeaks revealed how the Democrats sabotaged Bernie Sanders:

In the thousands of internal e-mails, it was revealed that a Democratic Party official tried to use Bernie Sanders’ supposed religious beliefs to derail his presidential campaign; one staffer pitched an idea for a phony sexist Trump ad and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to score a staggering seven tickets to the Broadway smash “Hamilton.”

I believe that Bernie would have beaten Trump handily, but the Democrats decided to go with the establishment candidate.

This was a huge, huge mistake. The American people are tired of corporate money running politics, and they’re tired of nothing changing election after election. By voting for Hillary, many Americans felt they would be voting for the status quo – a sentiment often expressed by those shouting ‘$hillary!’ at the top of their lungs.

I feel this all could have been avoided if the Democrats had run Bernie against Trump. Let’s see if they learn from their mistakes.

Constant Personal Attacks

People are tired of hearing that everything they say is some sort of hatred towards one group of people or another. They’re tired of being called racists, bigots, homophobes, misogynists, Islamophobes etc.

The media decided that attacking Trump on a personal level was the wisest course of action, instead of attacking his policies. In fact, neither candidate did much talking about their policies and spent most of their time calling each other names.

The more the media called Trump a loser, misogynist, clown, the stronger Trump became. The media refused to take him seriously. They believed he was a circus show that had come to town, and that he would put on an entertaining show, and be gone the next day.

Even after losing the election, networks like The Young Turks continue to speak down to voters, particularly (in this case) women who voted for Trump.

Trying to shame people into voting for your candidate isn’t a good thing but it’s the main tactic employed by the Regressive, Authoritarian Left. This sort of mentality is a cancer within the Democratic Party and the Left desperately needs to sort it out before the next election.

Breaking The System

Michael Moore recently said: “Across the midwest, across the Rustbelt, I understand why a lot of people are angry. And they see Donald Trump as their human Molotov cocktail that they get to go into the voting booth on November 8 and throw him into our political system. I think they love the idea of blowing up the system.”

I think Michael was completely accurate with that statement.

I also think he underestimates people’s sense of humor, as dark as it may be in this case. I think many people find something perversely pleasurable about the idea of electing someone like Trump into the White House, and just sitting back and watching what happens.

Conclusion

Personally, I think America needs a better system. They need to get corporate money out of politics, and they need to escape the two party oligarchy they currently exist in.

Trump being elected was a cry for help. People are tired of establishment politics; they’re tired of identity politics. They’re tired of being called names; of being spoken down to like children and most of all they want change.

Buckle up. It’s likely going to be a bumpy ride.

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25 Comments

  1. Good points. I go with this analysis. I think we might have a similar thing going on in the UK with Brexit – a let’s throw a spanner in the works, because at last someone’s handed us a big enough spanner to do some damage. Bumpy rides all round. But what a shame about Bernie. One big lost opportunity.

  2. The government Americans have is the one they have chosen.

    The left is the left and it’s a given.

    But the Republican Party has been making promises for decades that they really never had any intention of keeping.

    That’s because they’ve been working with the Democrat Party not against it as an opposition party.

    Voters finally wised up and chose an outsider.

    Money isn’t the problem. A two party system isn’t the problem.

    Lying, criminal politicians are the problem.

    And most of them can only come to power if people vote them into office.

    President Donald Trump is the first step in draining the swamp of corruption that has infested Washington DC for decades.

  3. one staffer pitched an idea for a phony sexist Trump ad and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to score a staggering seven tickets to the Broadway smash “Hamilton.”

    What does this have to do with Bernie Sanders?

  4. I feel this all could have been avoided if the Democrats had run Bernie against Trump.

    A contrasting, if unsubstantiated, opinion:

    Sanders’ inability to connect with older, rural, white Americans, and the Democratic National Committee’s attempt to derail him, doomed Sanders’ candidacy. While many Bernie supporters think that he would have beaten Trump had he received the nomination, I am of the opinion that this is little more than wishful thinking.

    https://brucegerencser.net/2016/11/my-thoughts-on-the-complicity-of-rural-america-in-the-election-of-donald-trump/

  5. I think these are good points. Trump may represent a lot of negative things, but he also represents change. Those who voted for him weren’t looking at policy, but for a shot in the arm in politics that was a long time coming, whether it would’ve been Trump or someone else. That’s why he won.

    I think that’s the only thing I’m looking forward to seeing in a Trump presidency. How can Trump break the monotony of politics. Will he change the system or will the system take him over. All the more reason to look forward to 2020 and see how the other parties respond to this election.

  6. Another great post.. so sad to think that Bernie could’ve beaten Trump, if only the Democrats had had the vision and the nerve to get behind him. And I like what you’ve put about peoples sense of humour, because I have been wondering about that today. How many people simply voted for Trump because they wanted to stick two fingers up to the establishment, vs how many people voted for him because they genuinely believed he was the best person for the job. I understand people frustration, but I think it’s so sad that this is the result.. as you said I am sure it’s going to be a very bumpy ride. Take care.

      • Same, but I hope the WHOLE establishment learns something from it. There are vast swathes of people out there who are pissed and frustrated, for justifyable, genuine reasons. The elite talk, and promise, and say a lot of stuff.. but imo none of them actually do very much. Inequality, and the apparent entitlement and arrogance of those at the top; these are the issues that, imo, led to Trump being elected. Until these things are really addressed, and the whole system changed and made fairer, nothing is going to change. As much as I despise Trump, a small part of me has to smile at the blow the ‘establishment’ as been dealt. He’s terrible, it’s terrifying, nothing makes any sense any more.. but that’s nothing new. Hopefully this will be the moment when politicians across the board realise they can no longer take for granted the fact that the electorate will remain submissive, apathetic and resigned.. hopefully things will change for the better. Somehow… :/

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