The reaction to the latest presidential election is unprecedented. There are marches, riots and there is violence. These are calls of racism fueled by the left and permitted by their leadership, if not reinforced by it.
The irony is that it’s these very things that created the populist environment in which Donald Trump excelled. The very people that despise Trump created, sowed, and seeded the ground for someone like him to rise. It was their arrogance and corruption. It was their condescending attitude and divisiveness that led to their demise.
It wasn’t ‘whitelash’ it was the Democrats themselves with some help from the Republicans. It was a combination of working class whites who were tired of Democrat rhetoric and policies and some who believed that neither party had their interests in mind. In fact, both Trump and Bernie Sanders had “strong appeal with people who already believe that a rigged political system leaves them voiceless and disenfranchised.”
Now, to be clear, there is absolutely no doubt that some who voted for Trump did so because of racist and sexist ideologies. There’s no denying that. There is also no denying that radical, racist factions in our society suddenly feel empowered by Trump’s election. There are plenty of examples of it and there is no way around it.
There is also no denying that the turning point in the 2016 presidential election was the fact that lower income whites demonstrated their political power. According to data from the Pew Trust, Trump won the white vote 58% to Hillary Clinton’s 37%. The data also shows that…
Trump’s margin among whites without a college degree is the largest among any candidate in exit polls since 1980. Two-thirds (67%) of non-college whites backed Trump, compared with just 28% who supported Clinton, resulting in a 39-point advantage for Trump among this group.
Those are facts.
What is also fact is that in 2008 93% of blacks voted for President Obama. During the 2016 election, 88% of blacks voted for Clinton while 8% of blacks voted for Trump. Clinton won the Latino vote by a margin of 65% to 29%.
So, the question is, just as the white vote for Trump is seen as racist in nature can’t the same assumption be applied to the black and Latino vote for President Obama? Absolutely it can.
And how about the fact that 58% of females voted for Clinton? Does this mean that 58% of women voters are sexist? Does it mean that they cast their vote based solely on sex? Perhaps it does.
This leaves us with a single basic assumption: Perhaps nearly all blacks, most Latinos, women and poor non-college degree holding whites are all racists and vote solely according to race. I suppose the only group that isn’t racist are white college educated males. God bless them for holding our democracy together. Without this group of individuals gifted with the power to look past their own racial biases, democracy would be but a dream.
Or, is it just possible that people are capable of voting in accordance with their set of needs and in accordance with their own unique set of realities. Could people actually be intelligent enough to look beyond their bias to vote for the person they perceive will benefit them best?
I believe so. I believe that the majority of people vote for the candidate that promises them the most opportunity to succeed. They vote for whomever can best fulfill their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In this case, Trump represented not just opportunity to many people but the only avenue for change. You can thank the Democrat National Convention for this along with every in-your-face ‘progressive’. They gave every rural white person absolutely no alternative while hammering the point home with a constant barrage of insults. It was a potent combination.
This left everyone with a terrible decision: You vote for the misongynistic, vulgar, racist, divisive Trump or you vote for the candidate the Democrat ruling elite instructs you to vote for: The cheating, lying, arrogant, racist, divisive Clinton. Of course, how you apply these words depends greatly on your perspective and the echo chamber to which you subscribe.
With all of this said, here are 21 reasons that Trump was elected president.
Please note that these are in no particular order. I do include links to the original sources. Certainly, other reasons and issues exist beyond what is listed and others are simply implied.
1. The country is a mess, especially rural America
Nearly every group in this country is worse off today than they were eight years ago and America’s security is under serious threat. The rich are richer. The poor are poorer. We have fewer rights. We have the most secret administration in recent memory while government surveillance of its citizens has increased.
Sure, some growth has occurred but it’s almost exclusively limited to urban areas. The rural areas of our country have been financially decimated and plagued with drug abuse and gross unemployment. This is why white voters- who happen to reside more in rural areas than minorities- were more motivated to vote, and vote for Trump, than were minorities.
Consider the below from ABC via Yahoo! News
Many voters shared a sense of frustration with the political situation. Sixty-two percent said the country is seriously on the wrong track. Sixty-nine percent said they’re dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working; 23 percent are angry about it.
The exit poll, analyzed for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, found that all these views peaked among Trump supporters. A vast 93 percent said the country’s on the wrong track, and 86 percent were dissatisfied or angry with how the government is working.”
Eight years beyond the Great Recession, 62 percent of voters rated the economy’s condition negatively – rising to 85 percent of Trump voters.
And consider these stats…
- 95 million Americans are out of work
- We have the lowest home ownership rate in 50-plus years
- 13 million Americans are on food stamps
- 3 million Americans are living in poverty
- The price of water, sewage, oil and electricity is exploding or about to do so thanks to excessive regulation
- American’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair or replacement
- One of every six men aged 18 to 34 are either out of the labor force or incarcerated
- The United States incarcerates more people than any other country
- One of every three black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime
- The Obama administration has racked-up more debt than all previous administrations combined
- The military is in horrendous condition and that’s only going to worsen
- Between 2009 to 2014 the number of blacks on food stamps increased 58%
- 18.5% of black people are not in the labor force
- While all of this is going on, we give the greatest state sponsor of terrorism- Iran- $150 billion dollars in cash that is delivered on pallets
White, rural voters were motivated and hit the polls hard. They voted to improvw their circumstances. They voted in accordance with their realities. Here are some examples from NBC News…
Michigan: Per the exit polls, Trump won rural and small towns by a 57%-38% margin — up from Mitt Romney’s 53%-46%.
Pennsylvania: He won rural and small towns by a whopping 71%-26% — versus Romney’s 59%-40%.
Wisconsin: He won rural and small towns by 63%-34% — up from Romney’s 53%-46%.
This country is a mess. Trump’s win was a reflection of that and Trump’s win was a rejection of liberal ideology. Their policies failed this country.
2. He won. Get over it.
President Obama was elected (twice) with a message of hope, togetherness, inclusiveness, compassion and transparency. Eight years later, not a single part of this message materialized. Our country has become increasingly polarized across every divide: Racial, economic, political, sexual, and on and on.
This divisiveness began the moment President Obama won his first election with proliferation of the message “He won. Get over it”. It was made immediately clear that dissent was intolerable. It was made clear that your input was neither needed nor welcome. This message became the administration’s call to action.
The Obama administration’s arrogance was on full display during Vice President Joe Biden’s 2012 debate with Paul Ryan. Democrats relished his smirkiness while others were dismayed. This was the norm to which those who opposed anything related to President Obama’s administration were exposed. While many may not remember this exact moment when they went to the polls, the stench remained.
Against this backdrop of discord intolerance has escalated. It ultimately reached a point where attacking (in sometimes in the crudest and rudest ways possible) the values and most sacred traditions that form the very foundation of our country is lauded. This is especially true of anything Christian or traditional American. We live in a time where wearing a hijab, and all it represents, is tolerable but saying Merry Christmas or displaying a Christmas tree is intolerable. Perhaps this is the reason Trump’s margin among evangelical white Christians was 81-16 percent, the widest GOP margin among white evangelicals in available data since 2000.
More importantly, and most dangerously, an environment was fostered where those who express concerns over events- or are insulted by them- are censored through rhetoric, coercion and direct violence. We live in a time when public humiliation has been employed to erode our rights and crime against those who disagree proliferates.
Here’s an interesting quote on the matter, from a very interesting article, by Nikki Johnson-Huston in The Huffington Post…
My problem with Liberalism is that it’s more concerned with policing people’s language and thoughts without requiring them to do anything to fix the problem. White liberal college students speak of “safe spaces”, “trigger words”, “micro aggressions” and “white privilege” while not having to do anything or, more importantly, give up anything. They can’t even have a conversation with someone who sees the world differently without resorting to calling someone a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigot and trying to have them banned from campus, or ruin them and their reputation.
This is the culture that Clinton very much championed, practiced and had no interest in altering. In fact, it was her goal to further it.
3. Liberalist racism
While nearly any mention of racist behavior was related to Trump, the truth is that Clinton posed a far greater threat. While she was chastising Trump, behind closed doors she was privately spreading her own racial manure.
Some groups of people are almost always highly successful given only half a chance (Jews*, Hindus/Sikhs and Chinese people, for example), while others (Muslims, blacks** and Roma***, for instance) fare badly almost irrespective of circumstances. The biggest group of humanity can be found somewhere between those two extremes – the perennial overachievers and the professional never-do-wells.
After all, who in their right mind has someone at their campaign rally wear a Nazi look-alike uniform and Jay-Z who spews hatred, has been accused of ‘mishandling’ women, and Beyonce who openly flaunts her support for racist organizations?
Here’s some of the lyrics Jay-Z shared at Clinton’s campaign rally in case you missed them…
(Jigga) What’s my motherf*ckin name?
(Jigga) And who I’m rollin with huh?
(My n*ggas) Uh-huh-uh-uhh-uhh-uhh
N*ggas better get it right, bitches better get it right, WHO?
(Jigga) What’s my motherf*ckin name?
(Jigga) And who I’m rollin with huh?
(My n*ggas) Uh-huh-uh-uhh-uhh-uhh
N*ggas better get it right, bitches better get it right
And there’s other lyrics and songs as well.
4. It’s not about bathrooms, stupid
While Americans hurt, while Americans struggled, while Americans were buried in student debt, while Americans lost their homes and the livelihoods, while Americans saw their traditions being eroded, the administration of President Obama decided that legislating what bathroom someone could use was a priority.
Then throw in things like safe spaces, trigger words, micro aggressions and white privilege, and you suddenly have lost a vast majority of the American public. The average person sees this stuff and shakes his head. He has more important things- like food and shelter- to worry about.
Talk about out of touch, pure elitist arrogance.
5. Feel the Bern then feel it again
Rigging the entire Democrat National Convention (DNC) to ensure Clinton won was a huge issue. This only reinforced the belief that the system was corrupt while bringing to light the arrogance of the Democrats.
The DNC actively worked to ensure Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders and colluded against Sanders in multiple ways.
Yet, even when they were caught they stuck their noses in the air and went on to nominate Hillary Clinton anyway. This snide little remark by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz regarding a Sanders article says it all, “This is a silly story. He isn’t going to be president.”.
Then, when the stench got so ridiculously bad that Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign over the cheating, what happens? She immediately steps out of the muck and into the Clinton campaign. What a smack in the face to the “everyday American” whom Clinton “has begun to hate” anyway.
The ironic thing about all of this is that if Bernie Sanders would have won the DNC, he likely would have won the election.
6. He that lie down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
The fact that the Clinton Foundation took money from numerous foreign governments is troubling. This is especially so understanding that some of these countries are major sponsors of terrorism. In fact, Algeria reportedly paid to have itself removed from the terrorist watch list (The Washington Post story and Wikileaks).
Whether or not the timing of the ‘donation’ led to removal from the terrorism list is beside the point. Here’s what matters: (1) The fact that the Clinton Foundation accepted money from these countries indicates a significant lack of judgement; (2) Why would these countries donate millions of dollars to a US foundation? They wouldn’t.
7. The (Non) Affordable Care Act
Some contend that Obamacare was designed to fail so that this Democratic predecessor could move toward a single payor system. Some say this is nonsense and that Obamacare has been a success in providing coverage to those most in need. It depends on what side of the tracks you’re from.
No matter, two issues with Obamacare reared their heads during this election. The first is what occurred during it’s implementation. There were lies, more lies, and more lies.
Also, the people hurt most by the premium and deductible increases were the middle class. These poor working stiffs suffered most during the last eight years.
The recently announced rate hikes for the ACA underscore the impending failure of this system,
Clinton was viewed as nothing more than a surrogate of this system.
8. The most closed government in history
President Obama promised a more transparent federal government. However, government concealment has become the norm. Extreme secrecy ruled the President Obama administration. After eight years of President Obama, the government is more secretive than at any time in recent memory. (PBS article, Columbia Journalism Review on science accessibility, Time Magazine on an AP study).
9. Constitutional Circumvention
President Obama made little effort to work across the aisle. He made this intention absolutely clear in his statement, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone—and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
Now, before claiming that President Obama implemented fewer executive actions that previous presidents- which is absolutely true- it’s a matter of quality over quantity. As John Hudak of the Brookings Institution pointed out..
“Not all executive orders are created equal. Some are quite forceful, making dramatic changes to policy. Others are more routine, housekeeping issues. To say that one president issued more executive orders than another, tells us little about the scope of those orders or the impact they have on policy.”
A study by the Mercatus Center, George Washington University, agrees with this conclusion…
“Although the current administration has issued fewer executive orders than other modern administrations, the figures below show that its total usage of restrictions [words that create binding, legal obligations, such as “shall” and “must.”] in executive orders and proclamations exceeds that of any of the past six administrations, with the exception of Clinton’s first term.”
Go figure, and….
“Simply counting executive orders, pages, or words can produce misleading statistics. In legal language, at least, the frequency with which restrictions occur can serve as a proxy for measuring the overall restrictiveness of text. Content matters.”
While it must be conceded that the average American isn’t aware of such research, they certainly sensed the restrictions. They felt them. They lived them. They knew.
And Clinton promised no relief. In fact, she promised more. Which brings us to the Second Amendment.
10. The Second Amendment
Clinton’s goal was to eliminate the right to bear arms provision of the 2nd Amendment. Knowing she would never get legislation through Congress to repeal it, she planned to simply repeal the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) by executive action. This act protected firearm manufacturers from being sued over the use of firearm injuries and deaths related to crimes. Repeal of this act would essentially bankrupt firearm manufacturers. Obviously, if there are no guns for sale there are no guns to buy. Problem solved.
Clinton also threatened to redefine, via the SCOTUS, the Second Amendment protections by limiting gun ownership to militia rather than private citizens.
11. Government corruption
Although not directly associated with Clinton, the IRS scandals that occurred during the previous presidential election represented one of the greatest threats to our democracy in history. The use of a much-feared government agency to target conservative groups for the purpose of eliminating their ability to organize is frightening. When the heads of the IRS executed their Fifth Amendment rights when testifying in front of Congress, any doubt that anyone had over the actual occurrence of the matter was erased.
Even if that was in the past, the stench of it remained and was reinforced during the numerous scandals that did directly involve Clinton.
A few examples include—
Benghazi: The only thing worse than President Obama and Clinton lying about these murders being caused by a video is if they really thought a video inspired the attacks. Anyone with the most basic knowledge of military affairs could recognize that the attack was well coordinated. After all, RPGs and mortars aren’t part of a normal mob.
In fact, we now know that while Clinton was telling the mother of one of the Benghazi dead that, “a video caused all of this” and that “she would get back to her” when she learned more, she was sending emails to her daughter Chelsea Clinton (a.k.a. Diane Reynolds) that said something entirely different.
Emails and the server: We all know about the disappearance of emails, the private server and her nonchalant attitude toward national security (sharing with people who did not have clearance, her server being hacked, etc. etc.) that would- without any doubt- land anyone else in prison. And her snide remark when asked if she wiped the server clean, “You mean like with a cloth or something?”
Meanwhile, others have been jailed for doing far less than what she did.
The Department of Justice: The corruption within the DOJ is absolutely alarming. Amidst a federal investigation, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met on a plane with Bill Clinton. At this point it was evident to everyone that the President Obama administration was no longer interested in even trying to hide its corruptionor even the appearance of corruption.
And to top it off, you have a senior member of the DOJ colluding with the Clinton campaign regarding the investigation.
12. “C” ain’t for cookie
From Time Magazine…
Clinton also said that when emails were marked (C), which State determined to hold confidential information, she did not know what the (C) meant and she thought it had to do with alphabetizing paragraphs.
That’s simply pathetic. This is simply untrue given her lecture to Department of State staff about the importance of security and secrecy. More troublesome is her statement to the FBI that she had not received “any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records of handling of classified information” and then the below form pops up.
How could anyone trust her?
13. The scandal scoundrel
Scandal is nothing new to Clinton. She has been embroiled in them for decades. Some of the more recent include Clinton Foundation and its pay-to-play and Chelsea Clinton using Clinton Foundation funds for her wedding, living expenses and as a tax shelter. And here is the Clinton Foundation being described as the “largest money-laundering operation in the world”.
Then there is the issue of the Clinton campaign colluding with Super PACs. Which, by the way, is illegal.
Again, how could anyone trust her?
While these ideas are not in any specific order, the potential for multiple Supreme Court nominations would be number one if they were arranged in order of importance. This is huge with the potential of impacting our country for years to come. Voting for a candidate based solely on this matter would be sensible understanding the impact extends well beyond the president’s four year term.
15. Congressional term limits
This is very much a populist idea. It’ll be interesting to see how those currently in power respond to it.
16. Erosion of the Fifth Estate
Of all of the craziness of this election cycle this was by far the most dangerous. The media not only failed us in this election but they outright participated in the corruption. They eagerly tossed aside the 1st Amendment without a care. They abandoned their role in a democracy.
The media colluded with Clinton to the point of becoming little more than campaign propaganda machine. So eager were the media to help Clinton that reporters submitted stories to the Clinton campaign before they were even submitted to their editors (here is an example of involving Politicos Ken Vogel)
How about when MSNBC Morning Joe hosts suggested that Wasserman-Schultz step down as DNC chair following the revelations the election was rigged against Sanders? Wasserman-Schultz, arrogant enough to believe that she had Clinton powers and could escape the stench, emailed NBC News political director and Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. Here’s an email with the subject line, “Chuck, this must stop”. Later, an email was sent to Todd with a list of talking points for the Morning Joe hosts to use.
Even before the Clinton campaign began, members of the media were eagerly dining at the homes of top campaign staffers. The list of these sorts of things goes on and on.
Of course, the collusion didn’t end there. Here is Google’s Jared Cohen to Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan discussing a tool that Google believed could help destabilize the Assad regime.
Here is Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, making clear a desire to be “head outside adviser” to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
And remember when Google manipulated the search results to favor Clinton?
As if all of this was not bad enough, you have CNN contributor and the head of the Democrat National Committee (DNC) Donna Brazile providing debate questions to the Clinton campaign in advance. We’re talking right down the detail of ““One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash” and adding that ““Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint.” Oh, then she has the audacity to deny it despite it being right here, in print, as clear as day.
This is not only troubling in terms of the media’s role in a democracy but this ultimately created the echo chamber that lead to the Democrats downfall. Clinton supporters only heard what they cared to hear and were exposed to similar messages across media platforms.
This may be one of the reasons Clinton supporters didn’t see the Trump storm coming, and when overrun by it, had no explanation but calls of racism.
17. A-tisket a-tasket, who’s in a basket?
What was perhaps the most damaging moment of the election came when Clinton labeled Trump followers “a basket of deplorables” while throwing in the labels “they are racists, sexists, homophobic, islamophobia, you name it”.
Oh, then we find out that the Clinton campaign is hiring agents to disrupt and incite violence at Trump rallies.
18. Poor message management
Clinton’s advertising was just as damaging to her as her “basket of deplorables” comment. According to an Advertising Age article by Simon Dumenco, while Trump advertising was “dead-simple, exceedingly traditional ads related to Big Issues,” Clinton’s“campaign said little more than “Donald-is-a-big-crazy-meanie.” Her ads slung crap in the face of every day Americans and was little more than “a big f[&#@] you”…in its “scolding, schoolmarmish insistence that there was something wrong with you if you could like a guy like Donald Trump.”
And unlike President Obama, Clinton lost the social media battle.
19. The lies and ‘gaslighting’
Clinton does not know how to tell the truth. Her lies are well documented and she really believed she could get by with anything. Perhaps one of the best, even though it involves her husband Bill, appeared just before the election…
He said it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpciJcyG_tY
But then he didn’t say it:”What I said was”
The stench that hung above the campaign was real. It wasn’t, as the Clinton campaign wanted us to believe, a product of our misunderstanding. Of course, he also “did have sexual relations with that woman”.
Spirit Cooking. Need we say more?
Abortion is an important issue to Americans. A person’s stance on it alone can be a deal breaker. This is especially important understanding that while slightly more Americans support abortion as a right, more than half of Americans say that having an abortion is morally wrong.
The significance of this dichotomy is important and came to roost in Clinton’s statement…
“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights”
This scared both sides of the abortion isle. Those opposing abortion saw this as an insult to the propagation of life itself. Those in favor of abortion were terrified and upset that she referred to the fetus as a “person”.
Her championing of abortion even during the third trimester caused even more consternation. This scared those leaning on the abortion fence. And for some, this issue alone posed reason enough to vote against Clinton.