The Day After the Trump(et) Blared.

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November 9, 2016 by gregrabidoux2013

 

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The New White House after its election make-over.

So, that happened.

And really, no one saw it coming.

Sure some suspected, speculated and even surmised.

But besides perhaps some of the Trump team in the key battleground states down the stretch no one, especially those paid to know. Like pollster Frank Luntz who called a Clinton victory inevitable by 9pm est, did not have a clue.

Of course, today, the day after one of, if not, the most stunning US presidential elections ever, many in the media are scrambling and spinning mightily to show that well, they sorta suspected and even told us if we would only listen.

Nope.

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It’s gonna be a beautiful, beautiful wall folks.

They didn’t know. It wasn’t just most if not all in the Hillary camp who were already measuring drapes at the White House and picking office space. The pundits at CNN, WSJ, the Washington Post and the NY Times, the Huffington Post, the SF Chronicle, the AP, Reuters, Gallup, MSNBC, and Clear Politics along with that politico sage at UVA, Larry Sabato, and anyone else you can name that got it wrong.

Boy, this Saturday Night Live ought to be a special skit with Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin to be sure.

Back in the real world, two major questions linger.

First, How did so many smart folks who should know better get it wrong?

Second, what do the results tell us?

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WTHH? At least my legacy is safe, right?

Let’s take the first, well first. Statistically, all indications were that the popular vote would be close though tilt to Clinton which it actually did and with a few final votes still to be verified she will win the popular vote by a slim, slim margin. Mostly, due to California. Similar in 2000 for Al Gore who won the popular vote but got handled easily in terms of state electoral count. Though Hillary will end up with an even smaller popular vote margin than did Mr. Gore.

Fair enough. But how were the electoral map projection so far off?

For one, exit polls which always are a bit more art than science absolutely proved unreliable this election. In a nutshell, Clinton supporters stayed and talked and talked with pollsters, Trump supporters, perhaps fearful of the social stigma of being viewed as a Trump supporter, at least in part due to the incredibly tilted media coverage against him and for her, did not stay. Many of the exit polls then were scientifically faulty.

For another, the good folks at CNN and Wolf himself continuously dismissed the crowds, energy, passion and loyalty of those attending Trump rallies and elevated again and again the so-called Clinton machine and her awesome “get out the vote” ground game.

Talk about making the wrong call.

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Wolf, those electoral numbers cannot be right. They are icky.

Another factor, in their haste and zeal to paint all Trump supporters as know-nothing bigots, racists and xenophobes, mostly or apparently so because they did not support another term of Obama policies under Hillary, the mainstream media completely missed the real under-current of Trump’s support.

What was it?

Jobs. Disaffected workers. Fed up Americans, not just white Americans, with seemingly being defeated in every sphere of life by foreign workers, Wall Street fat-cats, Big bank bail-outs and monied interest groups.

Hillary Clinton, especially in the wake of WikiLeaks represented the status-quo-telling voters what she thought they wanted to hear then cozying up to the money-interests behind closed doors.

One or two more, Clinton, really both, even Chelsea and her funneling funds for personal use at the Clinton Foundation, all came off untrustworthy. Hillary even conceded during the campaign that she “got” that many don’t trust her.

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If I am lying may the powers that be smite me electorally.

Change. While the GOP primary started with 17 capable and politically savvy men and one woman, it really was the true outsider, the Trump Tower billionaire who had never run for any political office in his life, that heard the voice and the anger of many and tapped into it quite frankly in a tone and a language they got. And responded to.

So, while the media embraced and amped up the narrative that it was a historical figure with a mandate to win on one side and a skirt-chasing, crude, groper on the other and seemed to glee and saturate coverage with National Enquirer type stories, they missed the real narrative.

Which was-Americans didn’t really care about the lurid lifestyle of Trump in the 1990s or 1980s or even more recently, nor did were they in a blind rush to elect Hillary as the first woman so she could break the “glass ceiling.”

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Was it the Ivanka factor?

Many prioritized, honestly what they always do come election time.

Jobs. The Economy. National Security. Terrorism. Fair Trade.

So much of the rest was just white noise and that fact didn’t really settle in and resonate with so many in the media until literally, the electoral count grew and grew in Trump’s favor until the result was indeed inevitable and it was her strained path to victory that was in doubt and not his.

What does it all mean?

Look, we tend to want to immediately label every election a “sea change” and a dramatic collapse of the parties and a “realignment” that will reverberate for years, even decades.

The truth?

No one is fully certain. If they say they are they are either incredibly naïve, overly optimistic or flat out lying.

And there has already been enough of at least one of not tow of those factors.

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Canada here she comes.

Certainly, the GOP looks very different in terms of the locus of its power today than it did even 6 months ago, even yesterday morning. This is no longer the party of the Bushies or the “classic conservatives.” For heavens-sake, Mr. Trump is pro-choice, not overtly religious, twice divorced and not overtly anti-gay or same-sex marriage, he has even noted that legalization of marijuana makes good business sense. And he’s the GOP president-elect folks.

The Dems have much soul-searching to do as the Obama coalition of Blacks, Latinos, college-educated Whites and women did not flock to Hillary as they did to then candidate Obama in 2008. They will need to learn how to talk to white males now and to the future. They and not just the GOP establishment pols are seen as elite and out of touch.

Behold my friends, this is what Trump hath wrought.

But then you saw it coming did you not?

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Except Squidward, who else voted for Trump? Hmmm?

 

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Canada is too cold. Alec, Beyoncé and Cher can go. Me, I am staying put.

Somewhere, actually in an Embassy in Sweden, Mr. Assange is smiling.

Or pouring over newly hacked Trump emails. Maybe both.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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77 thoughts on “The Day After the Trump(et) Blared.

  1. Phillip120105! says:

    What a collapse! Twenty-three years later and NAFTA bit her in the butt in the Rust Belt (as well as the possible Trans Pacific Partnership). Wikileaks and the Clinton Foundation mafia ran off independents. Energy took the Midwest. And guns took the South. Like sitting there watching Davis tie the Cubs in the 9th inning of Game 7, this too was surreal. You just kept watching the results come and and you’re waiting for the Clinton shoe to drop – and it doesn’t!

    I’ve never seen anything like it. A billionaire goes WAY out of his way to kill his campaign and still wins. Looks like America prefers a creep to a crook.

  2. A. Hughes says:

    I didn’t see it coming. In my mind I didn’t want to think a Trump presidency was possible. Yet, here we are, and I believe all assumptions are best left behind. From what I recall he was centric at one point. However, his vulgarity and candor are somewhat disconcerting, but maybe that was just for the race. I don’t know. But out of everything, that was my biggest issue with Mr. Trump, his actions and speech. As of now he has put fear into LGBT, muslim, and other minority communities. Was it just media twisting his speech or is he really in some way instigating repugnance among people? This is my major caveat with his term in office.

    • Harry Nelson says:

      I think we may have a punctuated equilibrium with regard to political correctness. I feel a dissertation topic coming on. This may lead to more honest debates in the future. No more “third rails.”

    • Jay Moreno says:

      What you term his “vulgarity and candor” and find “somewhat disconcerting,” those of us who put him into office to rescue America and Western Civilization find to be a wonderfully encouraging defiance and repudiation of the shackles of the left’s “political correctness” trap.

      Has president-elect Trump actually put your claimed “fear” (actually, politically theatrical faux fear) “into LGBT, Muslim, and other minority communities?” Of course not. That was all done by HRC, the DNC, Soros, and the in-the-HRC-tank MSM.

      Now, if to really make America great again, President Trump would call upon the Republican Congress to institute a mandatory, two-year period of service in the armed forces of the U.S., beginning for ALL able bodied Americans – male, female, other, and yet-to-be-determined – within 60 days of high school graduation, with no deferments, then, at least, “snowflakes” might have legitimate cause to be fearful. There are no “safe spaces” in boot camps – nor anywhere else in the real world.

  3. Harry Nelson says:

    So, the media is biased?
    I didn’t see that coming. Nonetheless, I don’t think it served Hillary or the public well. Not knowing is something much different from not caring to know. I’m really bothered by the lack of scientific rigor (or maybe integrity) when 6 major voting models can be so far out of wack. It’s no more than a rosy scenario followed by a roll of the dice, a spin of the wheel.
    If your friends lie to you then they do you no good. Had she been given a hard, honest dose of the truth she may have campaigned differently and more effectively. Then again, I didn’t see that coming…

  4. valdostaphil says:

    Phil Edwards Fall 2016

    I think that’s the story of this election. Is how people who get paid to do this stuff for a living could be so wrong and still have jobs the next day. It’s kind of sad that polling is the best thing that campaign staffs have at their disposal for taking the electorate’s temperate, and polling is complete crap. I’m not sure there’s a way to get a scientific random sample anymore. Landlines? Yeah, right. That’s a good way to get the 60+ crowd. And cell phones? I don’t even answer my cell phone unless it’s someone in my address book. Whoever it is, if it’s important, they’ll leave a message and then I can call back. If not, forget ’em. And there’s no way to do scientific polls online for obvious methodological reasons: people visiting certain sites already have views skewed one way or the other, etc.

    One of the things I think got missed here was: why would people suspicious of the media even talk to a pollster? Don’t you know Czar Obama has NSA agents calling your home pretending to be a pollster to build his house-by-house database of Trump supporters? The issue is sampling. And how do you fix it? You can’t. Door-to-door wouldn’t even fix it because neighborhoods will tilt one way or another, too. It’s over people, find something besides polling to go by.

    I’ll never listen to another poll or anyone citing one ever again. I’ll be regularly citing this massive methodological failure in conversation for the rest of my life.

    • Harry Nelson says:

      Excellent response. Sampling issues disqualify polling data. I need to look up a study on this.

      • Harry,

        I would be interested in reading one myself, but I have too many other academic and extracurricular pursuits to really dig deep right now. Anything you find, send it to me and I’ll put the PDF on my desktop next to that law review article on Compulsory Voting someone sent me like a year ago. =D

    • N H says:

      I think this election and the utter and complete failure of any polls to call it is the same phenomenon we observed during Brexit and that we’ve observed regarding right-wing politicians in western Europe. Europeans have been giving “politically correct” answers just like people in the U.S. probably didn’t respond honestly to pollsters or even their closest acquaintances regarding whether they were going to vote for Trump. I think a lot of overt Hillary supporters were covert Trump supporters.

      • Jay Moreno says:

        With the notable exception of the supposition in your last sentence, I’m confident that you are quite right (if you will pardon the expression 😉

  5. valdostaphil says:

    Oh yeah, it’s also worth nothing that the Democrat field was so thin from the very beginning. People were quick to point out that it was because no one wanted to run against Hillary, but I think they were wrong about that. It’s because all the rising talent in the Democrat party knew that America doesn’t give either party third terms as President. Roosevelt, Taft, Hoover, Truman. Those were the only ones other than George Bush that have been elected from the same party more than a second consecutive time other than Bush-41 since 1900. And only Bush-41 has done it since 1948.

    So what’s my point? Clinton, Sanders, Webb? Where were all the up and comers? Waiting until 2020, that’s where. Just like most of the real heavy hitters from the Republicans were in 2012. The 2020 Democratic Primary will be the same kind of melee the Republican one was this year.

    Anybody think Trump steps down after one term for fear of losing in 2020 in an election that will most certainly be a referendum on him?

    • Thomas R. says:

      Phil,

      I think you are on to something with Trump being a one term president. I do not believe that his ego will allow him to run again, and risk losing an election that would be a direct reflection as to how successful people viewed him as a president. I think the statement as to why he is not running again will be something about his age or the need for new blood in Washington.

      On a side note my wife has said for at least 6 months that she doesn’t believe he actually wants to be President, but someone told him he could not be President. (See 2011 White House Correspondents dinner) So he ran and the convergence of two normally unelectable candidates resulted in the unforeseen election of Trump.

      I feel that in any other election year both candidates would lose by a wide margin. I’m just amazed that this whole election cycle has transpired.

      Wow.

  6. Jan S says:

    Trump is the least qualified and most disgusting pres-elect ever! The protests should continue for the next 4 years at least!

    • Alex Tabish says:

      I understand the frustration coming from many people, however, I think there are more productive approaches. Protests are one thing, what we are seeing is different; burning American flags, inciting violence, holding “Love Trumps Hate” signs while they burn stuff and chant “Fuck Trump.”

      It validates a Trump victory for many people. I think trying to better understand why people voted for him and how we got here would help this republic in the long run. We also need to address the lower voter turnout. It’s not like there is a tectonic shift in America; Trump got fewer votes than Romney and McCain.

      If people want to protest, they should go to the DNC and demand accountability for running a flawed candidate for the third time.

    • Jan I am so with you on this. He insights violence. I am so sick from the recent racial tensions that have became a serious backlash just the next day of his win, occurring within schools. Spanning elementary, middle and high schools and even college campuses where students have reportedly been attacking their minority peers in the name of “President Trump”. Building walls around lockers telling Hispanic and Latino classmates to get out. This is insightful in that his behavior and rhetoric has already began to empower and motivate not just adults but youth to be insensitive and violent racially. This is just the start what can possibly be next. And media is not discussing this. I can only imagine how he will mismanage and be irresponsible to policy and foreign relations to us as Americans.

  7. Clint Backstrom says:

    Trump tapped into frustration, plain and simple. Whether you or I agree with him or we do not it does not change the fact that he saw that many Americas were frustrated with the world around them. He channeled their frustration by telling them he could fix it. Hilary represented too much of what many Americans feel is wronging them. Most working class Americans do not feel like Washington has their back. So, it make sense that someone from outside of Washington who has been successful would resonate with them over someone who is the poster child for politics as usual, a.k.a. Hilary. Too many people struggle to meet their familial burdens while they watch many receive the same or better for free from the government, and they spoke up in the best way they knew how, voting. As far as the shock is concerned, no one should be. It’s no secret that just about all mainstream media leans liberal with the exception of Fox News. Any American who thinks for themselves should have been smart enough to blend the media coverage from both sides and figure the truth to be somewhere in the middle. In the end it doesn’t really matter much that Trump is president since it will be the people around him and Congress that do the heavy lifting.

  8. Amber T says:

    I have a newfound sense of dread for my fellow neighbors and citizens. Trump is indeed the devil incarnate.

    • Thomas R. says:

      Amber,

      That level or hyperbole is not conducive to a positive path for the country or your community. Whether we like an elected official, or even our neighbors we must try to understand each others points of view and try to work together. Name calling and ardent hate filled speech diminishes an argument, if we wish to be persuasive and bring people around to our point of view, we must refrain from name calling. You must decide what you believe and learn how to defend that position so that others will be more receptive to your position.

      • Amber T says:

        IDK it sure seemed to work for Trump. Let’s see crooked Hillary, Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted, so yeah, I’ll call Trump whatever I want to and I can do without your lecturing me how I should express myself. Clearly you are a Trump supporter.

      • Thomas R. says:

        Amber,

        Your response to my comments with a personal attack based on a flawed presumption (I’m not a Trump supporter by the way) is exactly what I was trying to say is non-productive. This is an open forum designed to discuss the issues presented that is all I was saying you and I as should we all is refrain from name calling and personal attacks and discuss matters of policy.

    • Lexis Lloyd says:

      I was not thrilled of either one of our choices. Trump has clearly made some questionable and condescending comments. His twitter feud has continued to fuel the fire as well. I think we should at least give him a chance to make some changes and see what he can do as our President. It’s only fair to give him a chance in his position.

      • Jay Moreno says:

        Psst,

        Come shortly after noon on January 20th, President Trump will not be dependent upon anyone “giv(ing) him a chance” to do whatever he decides to do, within the bounds of his executive powers under the Constitution. Nonetheless, I’m sure your willingness to “give him a chance” will come as a great relief to him.

  9. Ashley K. says:

    It was crazy to see the media conversation change mid-direction during election night coverage from being so certain Clinton was going to win to spinning it to show all the signs that were clearly pointing to a Trump victory that all the viewers seemed to miss. What I don’t get is why the Clinton supporters were so sure that Trump would be easily defeated. After having a Democrat president for the last eight years, it’s a fairly easy to guess that the next president elected would be Republican. That’s just how elections have been, historically speaking.

    Plus, we’ve seen that Obama’s message of change resonated with voters during both of his elections. Trump certainly took a different approach but his message was really about change, too. The American people are clearly tired of corruption in Washington and are ready to ‘drain the swamp’ no matter what the cost. Obama had eight years to do it and I think many Trump supporters saw the Democrat endorsement of Clinton as an indication that corruption still runs rampant in our government and now it’s not even a secret but still, no one seems to care.

    I do think things will change now. Trump has certainly proven the experts wrong from the beginning so who’s to say he won’t be able to make a difference in the way our country is run? The big question now is whether or not that change will be positive or serve to divide our country even further. This isn’t the result I wanted at all but it’s done now and we have to keep moving forward. I think the scariest thing now is that no one knows what will happen and only time will tell.

  10. Dustin H. says:

    While I admittedly did not see trump winning, especially by the electoral margin he did, I did see the race being much closer than many of the pundits and pollsters did. RealClearPolitics “no-toss ups” map was probably the closest, putting her barely winning with 272 electoral votes. It seems that the biggest dropping of the ball by the pollsters occurred with Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (especially WI, where Hillary was projected to win by over 6 points).

    As you mentioned, I believe the exit polls were not reliable due to closet Trump supporters. I also think Trump roused up a lot of people who have never voted (or at least not in a while) to get out to the polls to defeat the establishment and the “untrustworthy” liar that he painted HRC as.

    HRC also bears a large part of the blame, as I feel she did not spend near enough time in the aforementioned rust belt states to counter Trump and explain her support for NAFTA & now TPP. She wrote them off as wins and it came back to bite her. This was not the FBI Director’s fault, this was HRC’s fault.

  11. Alex Tabish says:

    I think this election shows us the disconnect between the media and middle America. They were cocky and called Trump supporters out of touch with reality when in fact, they were out of touch. It would be interesting to see one of the networks pick up and move headquarters to middle America.

    What has frustrated me is people (even here in this thread) using a one-size-fits-all approach and calling all Trump supporters racists and sexists. It’s a lazy take and much more complicated than that. People have thousands of priorities in their daily lives and we were given two candidates. For some, putting food on the table is more important than race and sex issues. There are millions of poor, jobless, and scared people in America and work is central to society. The hope of getting those jobs back (even though there is no chance in hell) is understandable. However, globalization happened because of technology, not policy. You can’t turn back on that.

    I saw something online I thought was true: the Left has historically called every Republican sexist, racist, and every other epithet solely because they are Republicans. They cry wolf every time a Republican is at the forefront of the media. In this case, they cried wolf too many times and were unable to get people to see the real wolf.

    So, I think everyone needs to take a deep breath. This is still America, a constitutional Democracy, with three (maybe four after the topic of federal agencies in this class) branches full of checks and balances. Trump isn’t going to kill all the women, LGBT communities, and turn Planned Parenthood into internment camps.

  12. What a scary time to be an American. Right? What about this one? What a scary time to be a minority in America. As a well known sexist and racist, President Trump has found a way to get it done. What’s done is done. Let us see how this will turn out.

    He is now on the platform to impact the entire free world. As president of the United States of America, Donald Trump has the strongest influence to make change! Whether it be positive or negative, Trump will make change. Maybe he will surprise everyone and leave a positive mark on this world for once. Only time will tell. Never thought I’d say this but we must give him a chance. Though he has said some ridiculous things and made it clear that he lacks sensitivity, we can’t turn back the hands of time. He is the President of The United States of America! Let us act like it.

  13. MMiller says:

    Leaving the US is a little extreme in my opinion. President Elect Donald Trump could care less about the protests and ill feelings surrounding his victory. We all have to find a way to deal with whatever changes he makes even if we do not agree.

  14. Lindsey Bettis Jones says:

    This is election was the most shocking political event I have ever witnessed. I literally felt like I was watching a movie once it was over and announced and while watching Trump and Hiliary’s speeches. I think that the decision to elect Trump speaks volumes of what the American people and the need for change. They are tired of the usual politicians that are owned by corporate America and want something new. I think that people were afraid to admit to voting for Trump which is why the polls were wrong. We are definitely in for an interesting 4 (or more) years.

  15. Kyle Rudrow says:

    To say I was surprised would be an understatement. Most polls indicated a Clinton victory, the betting markets had a 90 percent chance of her gliding to the White House, and political scientists in the office I work in agreed a Clinton presidency was almost certain — some predicting a “landslide” in Clinton’s favor. What led to a Trump victory certainly wont be determined only one week out from election day. But several factor will likely be at play, including legitimate ideological differences, perceptions about the first black president Barack Obama, uninformed and misinformed voters influenced by the likes of Fox News and Breitbart, and those weary of a Clinton presidency and the FBI Director’s statements. Regardless, Trump will now be the president and he must act to unify a deeply divided public. More than half the country voted for a different president, and the Trump administration must recognize this rather than proceeding as if there is a mandate for right-wing conservative ideology. One thing that has deeply disturbed me over this election cycle is that Clinton and Trump supporters have described vastly different Americas — vastly different realities. Unfortunately, I am not convinced Trump has the capacity to act with humility or to reconcile very real concerns opponents have about his presidency. Already he has asserted protestors are actually paid professionals, he has bashed the media in one of his infamous Twitter tirades, and has moved to appoint an alt-right white supremacist to be his chief strategic adviser. This of course, is not mentioning his previous remarks on Hispanics (particularly Mexicans), women, Jews, mocking of a disabled reporter, chastising POW and war hero John McCain for being “captured,” the Access Hollywood tape and sexual assault allegations, the racial discrimination law suits, immoral behavior including adultery, or the fact he is ill-prepared — with zero political or military experience — to be president. After Trump’s meeting with Obama last Thursday, multiple reports indicated Trump himself was bewildered that he won the election, felt overwhelmed and “fearful,” did not know the entire White House staff would need to be replaced, or fully grasped the scale of the presidency. But at least Americans can sleep well at night knowing they did not elect someone who used a private email server.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Actually, “there is a mandate for a right wing (i.e., conservative and patriotic)” ideology and President Trump will NOT be obligated in any way to cave into the anti-American left’s demands – no matter how many Soros-financed and DNC coordinated riots ensue until a nationalized national Guard response puts them down.

      One of the major reason for his victory was because he appealed to conservative, America-loving, patriots who had had it with RINOs who did indeed cave to the demands of anti-American leftists. That will NOT happen in the 8 years of President Trump.

      The Commie-Lib MSM lies you cite – in spite of your knwoing they are lies – about disarray in the Trump transition team will be exposed for the lies they are soon enough. Don’t mistake Trump’s politeness to the lame duck POTUS and faux humility for the occasion as a weakness your ilk can exploit. President Trump WILL make America great again and crush the left’s efforts to stop his.

  16. Greg Gates says:

    I did not expect Trump to win, but an angry middle class has proven itself time and again to bring about unexpected political change. Regardless of who won, I have always believed that the structural impediments of American democracy will moderate radical change. With Trump, I expect the same structural roadblocks will mitigate his agenda. With regards to electoral projections, I am reminded of the positivist fallacy that facts cannot be rigidly separated from values, even within empiricism. I am not an expert of electoral prediction models, but in some way I have to think that the models were laden with progressive assumptions while discounting the power of populist movements.

    • julianwjr says:

      Well said – and no doubt accurate as to “progressive assumptions.” I think – and fervently hope – it likely that we will see the extinctions of a whole herd of progressive shibboleths in the next eight years

  17. Kaitlynn F. says:

    I never for a second thought that Trump would actually become our President. However, we make the best of any situation, no how big. Media seemed to huge role in this year’s election, but I do believe they missed important parts (like stated). It is really hard to say the direction of the Nation. Trump did what he had to, to win. I expect previously stated promises to change quickly.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Based upon the prior history -especially post-Speaker Gingrich – of the Republicans in the House and Senate, I can see where you would have that forlorn hope. However, doubt not that the silent majority’s message has been received just as clearly by the Republican establishment as it has been by “progressives” and the lap dogs in the MSM.

      I would remind you – more likely reveal to you for the first time – that the air traffic controller’s union assumed that President Ronald Reagan did not mean it when he said that if they went on strike, he would fire them. When they did , he promptly fired them all – some 11 to 12,000 of them,as I recall. They were never re-hired.

      Doubt not that President Trump, confident in the mandate that he indeed has, will roll back Obamacare and all of the executive fiats of Obama, build the wall, deport felonious illegals, restore the U.S. and world economies, wipe out ISIS, et al, and restore mortal dread by our enemies and by our allies.

      While it is too much to hope that he will have driven a stake through the heart of “progressivism” by the end of his second term, he will undoubtedly have left it largely politically neutered by making huge political inroads into the Black and Hispanic voting demographics via educational, economic, and social welfare reform initiatives aimed at freeing them from the Democrat plantation.

      • Jay Moreno says:

        Correction: Doubt not that President Trump, confident in the mandate that he indeed has, will roll back Obamacare and all of the executive fiats of Obama, build the wall, deport felonious illegals, restore the U.S. and world economies, wipe out ISIS, et al, and restore mortal dread by our enemies and TRUST by our allies.

  18. Chardonnay Watson says:

    The question, did you see Trump being elected president of the United States of America after the polls stated that it would be almost impossible? Nope. Not at all. However, I have learned that you can not trust the polls or any projected results because there is always room for the impossible to happen.

  19. Aaron Whitehead says:

    I am still a little in shock that Trump is the President-elect. I feel like now that he is in office, we will have to see how it all plays out. I want to see how many people will vote for him in 2020 election. Maybe Trump will surprise everyone and actually do a great job! Stay tune to see what happens.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Take a good look at what has been happening to stocks in the last two weeks. There’s a very strong leading indicator of what you can expect during the 8 years of Trump’s presidency.

      Imagine the economic impact of all currently delayed oil and gas pipelines in the country now being green-lighted; all fracking and shale oil production on all lands (including ANWR) and offshore oil drilling being green-lighted; 100% energy independence from foreign oil; becoming the world’s largest net exporter of oil and gas;all proposed LNG export facilities being green-lighted; etc. All of that is entirely possible – and likely – with President Trump and a Republican House and Senate.

      Yes, sports fans, “Happy times are here again” will no doubt be sung with unprecedented gusto at the 2020 Republican convention.

      Relax and enjoy prosperity, law-and-order, and a resurrection, revival, and ascendancy of Western Civilization not experienced in your lifetimes so far.

  20. Cenetta. B says:

    I am mostly still in desperate need of a nap after this election, It is difficult for me to even think of the next four years without a sense of dread. However, looking back on this election, and how wrong the polls were, I am not surprised that those who voted for Trump either left quickly or lied. If I had voted for him, I would be ashamed too. While I am not necessarily excited to see what it is to come, I am certainly waiting, and hoping that things go much better than I believe.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      With a little honest introspection, I believe that you and all “progressives” will find that your worst fear is that all the dire predictions of what the eight years of a Trump presidency will be like will not only NOT come to pass but that the truly, extraordinarily positive social, economic, and foreign policy results will further reveal and spotlight the superiority of rational conservatism over emotional “progressivism” in all spheres of human society, economic endeavor, and real politik.

      With each passing year of the two terms of President Trump, it will become increasingly difficult to maintain and politically exploit the malignant culture of eternal victimhood, denial of American exceptionalism, political correctness, and the exultation of wimpishness, personified by “snowflakes.” Now, THAT is change you can believe in!

  21. Brett Stanelle says:

    No one saw it coming…I think that’s pretty accurate. I recall watching a newscast either on Election Day or the day before and one commentator applied an analogy to a marathon. The commentator said something to the effect of Hillary was in the last leg of the race and would literally have to stop running for Trump to catch up. She didn’t, he did. There is a part of me that feels like a lot of tension and controversy was “trumped up” (no pun intended) by the media. I have respect for the media and work with representatives on a regular basis, but let’s face it, their objective is to get the populous to tune in. Trump provided a plethora of topics that fueled a lot of discussion in the media. There was no shortage of conflict between Trump and the media during the campaigns and that battle may have skewed some opinions. I think I can agree with the thought that there were many closet Trump supporters who did not publicly associate with the candidate because it was not viewed as the popular thing to do. The right to vote shouldn’t necessarily have to come with criticisms from those who disagree with your decision.

    As we saw from the election results, none of those hot button stories really mattered. Trump was elected through a system, a process by which our nation operates. As for our soon-to-be-Canadian colleagues, I think that is something I’d want to stress to them. Our nation operates on a system of procedures, with checks and balances. We, the people (as in the citizens of the United States), elected Trump. The grass is always greener on the other side when things aren’t going our way at the moment. It’s not fair to just assume that Trump will do a terrible job and threaten to leave the country. In my opinion, Trump’s success will in great part be dictated by the people he surrounds himself with in his leadership circles. We have yet to see how everything will play out. Those opposed have every right to be opposed and to be vocal about it, but in the grand scheme of things, there is not much they can do at this stage. If Trump turns out to be everything they feared, much like how he was put into office, there is a process to remove him. I support my country and its methods of operation. There have surely been some elected officials that I have disliked, but I endured their term and if I didn’t like it, I made sure to go to the polls and cast my vote. That’s hard to do as a Canadian.

  22. Tayo Sowemimo says:

    It was obvious most pundits didn’t see President-elect’s victory, having said that, credible polls such as ABC, FOX, and right leaning ones like Rasmussen also misjudged the mood of the electorate. Why did he win? So many factors; most Trump supporters continue to point to jobs, data from exit polls indicate Mrs. Clinton won the majority of voters who earn $50,000 or less, so much for the claim of wage stagnation fueling his victory, there is also the myth about the job situation, that it is so bad that people were fed up they had to call for change, but unemployment rate is below 5%, and Mr. Trump won from a clear backing of America’s White and wealthy voters- including college graduates and White female voters. The bottom line is, pollsters did not envisage or capture the extent of cross over of traditional Democratic White voters especially in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, if those voters did not cross over, it would have been enough for Mrs. Clinton to win the election. Finally, President-elect Trump won due to strong racial and cultural resentment fueled largely by some immigration policies of Obama Administration such as admittance of Syrian refugees, ballooning premium hikes for Obamacare, unprecedented intrusion by the Russian President Putin into the electoral process, the curve ball from Director Comey, and low turn-out from some traditional Democratic voters in MI, WI and PA.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      I would note that a significant subset of “[t]he majority of voters who earn $50,000 or less,” and voted for Clinton is comprised of those who engage in no legal, remunerated endeavors whatsoever, but live off of the tax burden imposed upon those who DO actually work at legal occupations to earn over $50,000,and more particularly, disproportionately off of those of all races and ideologies who earn over $250,000.

      Could it be that you are unaware that many non-white, gainfully-employed, high-earning Democrats also crossed over? Wait until you see the post-universal-school-choice, post-REAL economic recovery crossover rate in 2020. As the saying goes, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

  23. Antonio A. says:

    I think that you really hit the nail on the head. At this point, we don’t know how in the world this really happened! Everyone has been complaining about not wanting to vote, or the fact that the candidates were trash, but how many people voted in the primaries? I think that this is horrible, however, we have had some presidents who were pretty bad in the past, and though he may be incomparable, we will never know. I pray that this country will take politics more serious and elect individuals at all levels who represent the best for the American people.

  24. Kendria Swift says:

    I don’t think we should ever underestimate the power of the media. Repeated reporting of the email scandal ultimately influenced Clinton’s standings. I recall waking up the next day in disbelief of the results. Hearing after the election that she actually had won according to the popular vote made me disappointed in the systems that are in place. For those who actually voted, the decision was made. The electoral college strikes again.

  25. N H says:

    While I was as surprised as anyone by the entire campaign leading up to the election I had a feeling Trump had it in locked in after I was back in the U.S. for a couple of weeks in the fall. I’m out of the country more than I’m in the country and during my time back in the fall I took a road trip through 13 southern, western, and mid-western states. 3,000 miles later the only Hillary sign my son and I spotted was a bumper sticker on a moving vehicle. The experience reminded me of a year ago when I drove through rural Georgia after attending orientation weekend. We saw zero political signs other than a couple of hand painted “homemade” Trump billboards. The fact that people were energized enough by a candidate to spend a few hours making their own sign was telling. A month after that I took a trip with a friend to West Virginia and we drove through rust belt town after rust belt town where there clearly hadn’t been any jobs or economic opportunities in a very long time. I purposely tuned out of a lot of the political coverage and I was able to avoid election ads by not being in the country so all I had to go on was my experiences in “rural” America and from the growing momentum I observed I wasn’t particularly shocked that he won.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Interesting and astute observations.

      When I evacuated from St. Marys, GA for three days for the hurricane, I took only two lane state and federal highways as far west and north as Eatonton, GA, just west of Millidgeville. By that time, commercially produced, official Trump signs were plentiful. I did not see even ONE Clinton yard sign during the entire trip, nor did I see a single HRC bumper sticker.

  26. gljackson33 says:

    I also understand the Americans are upset that Donald Trump is our newly elected president. But the election speaks for it self. There should have been more Hillary voters if they did not want Trump to win. I don’t think America that mostly ran by men is ready for a woman president.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Au contraire!

      America was just not ready for THAT woman!

      I and tens of millions of conservatives – men and women – would have voted for former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, or any strong, scandal-free, honest, accomplished, conservative woman with integrity and former British P.M, Lady Margaret Thatcher’s cajones.

  27. Kyle Poe says:

    As many of the comments above read, NO ONE was expecting that to be the turnout. I do not however, in terms of logistics, believe that it will be as bad as we think because he cannot make every single decision he wishes at his will. That is not how it works here. However, his mannerisms are not appropriate and do not reflect the truthiness of the country which is extremely frustrating.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Here’s a little “truthiness” for you. As president, Trump can indeed rescind every single executive order ever issued by Obama with no consultation with congress whatsoever – and likely will rescind all or part of the majority of them before the Sun sets on January 20th, 2017.

      Now , it is true that without a 2/3rds majority in the Senate, he might not be able to get all of his legislative initiatives passed in the first two years. However, in another shocker that folks will say they never some coming, I predict that the Republicans will actually have NET GAINS in both the House and Senate in the next mid-term elections.

      When those newly elected Republicans are sworn in, the U.S. economy, already afire with new oil and gas exploration on federal lands and offshore; multiple major pipelines completed or under construction, leading to new export facilities; and trillions of offshore retained earnings repatriated along with millions of jobs that created those earnings, the roaring Trump economy will positively erupt in year three!

      President Trump’s second campaign will be a real cakewalk.

  28. Hampton Raulerson says:

    Election night I stayed awake until around 2:20 a.m. and must say I quite enjoyed watching the reactions mainstream news anchors and smaller ones around the internet. If anyone watches Young Turks, you would have thought one or multiple of their family members died. I also find it interesting that the closet trumpers did in fact turnout as some people speculated. The main factors as to why Clinton lost (not to why trump won because he still got fewer votes than Romney in most states) is first and foremost, the dems picked possible the most undesirable candidate they could find. Secondly, Trump talks a big game about economics while Clinton is the epitome of the status quo and people are not happy with the way things are going currently. Last but not least, identity politics. Many are tired of people playing the victim and as we all saw the day after the election, being called white devils for disagreeing with the lefts political beliefs. Hopefully this will usher in a new era for individualism and distance this country from its current path to collectivism.

  29. Taylor Anderson says:

    I think the overarching theme of this election was that US was tired of the status quo and simply wanted someone that will change up the dynamics of our government. Over and over people have listened to politicians promise things and never follow through with their promises which left a bad taste in the voter’s mouths. Every democratic campaign is built around helping the inner cities and building up the lower class so that everyone has equal opportunities to be successful. Once they are elected nothing changes in those areas and they continue to be forgotten in the grand scheme of our country and the economy. I think this is why Hillary did not receive the support that Obama did from the minority. There has to be a change and the people of our country believed that Donald Trump was the best option to bring that.

  30. scwoods23 says:

    I’ll have to admit, when I wasn’t looking after my son in the nicu, I was on pins and needles following the election. I probably stayed up till about midnight changing through numerous channels trying to follow what was going on. In the end, I ended up falling asleep because I figured we were screwed either way. When I woke up the following morning, my thoughts ended up being as such.

  31. E. Griffin says:

    New president, New problems. That would’ve be constant regardless of the “winner.” Not that I saw it coming, but Donald Trump winning the election was definitely the not so positive “American Way.” So in that right the shock/surprise factor wasn’t so severe. I also see why the whole winning the popular vote issue with Hilary is such a hot topic. Its fairly common knowledge that the electoral vote inevitably decides the election. With that being said I’m sure that debate won’t last long. I tend to agree that this election mimicked reality television in all the worst ways. Let’s just hope the next four years don’t follow that same theme.

  32. julianwjr says:

    The good news is that during the 8 glorious years of the Trump resurrection of the Great America the Greatest Generation fought for, some of you snowflakes of 2016 will land good jobs in the Trump economy and mature into conservative Republican patriots.

  33. It’s been almost a month since the election, and I still shake my head in disbelief when I hear the words “President-elect Trump” on the news. How in the hell did we get here? Your blog post goes a long way in explaining how we got here, but I still find it unbelievable. A millionaire reality-TV star has been elected to the highest office in the nation — God help us! Yes, Trump said all of the right words and played to the crowds’ emotions of anger, fear, bigotry, and hate (No, I’m not saying all Trump voters harbored these feelings so don’t get offended.) and he rode the wave all the way to the White House. The next four years are certainly going to be interesting, and I sincerely hope that America moves forward and prospers. President-elect Trump has a big job to do and his actions will determine whether or not the American people tell him “You’re Fired!” in four years.

    -KH

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Actually, the man is a BILLIONAIRE and was before and after “The Apprentice.” He has about 130 companies in 30 different countries, employing tens of thousands of people. All of that hogwash about those who voted for him doing so out of “anger, fear, bigotry, and hate” is a huge load of leftist, Alinskyite, DNC / Soros/ Daily Kos, et al, propagated crap. I’m not offended – just amazed that anyone accepted to any university in this country could actually believe it.

      Jay Moreno
      VSU MPA, July, 2016

      • Nathan Daley says:

        Lol Jay give Donald Trump a little breathing space your way too defensive. Just calm down a little bit these are just peoples opinions. After reading your comments im starting to think your a Trump minion ; )

  34. Yvonne Valdosta says:

    I don’t think Trump being elected has anything to do with his ability to deliver on jobs, the economy, national security, or fair trade. The vote was a symbol and an exercise of power of those who felt that they were not being represented by the presidency. Further, the vote served as a blaring cry to the Democrats that America’s morality and preservation of power for the white working class in middle America was being eroded away. If those who voted for Trump were truly concerned about ability and previous experience, then they would have factored in his multiple corporate bankruptcy filings, refusal to disclose income tax filings, Trump University, real estate scandals, hiring Latino Workers, shipping jobs to China, a wife who modeled nude and is an immigrant, failure to pay contractors for work done on his projects, etc. Hillary, although she had experience, she had thirty plus years of lackluster performance. She was also hurt by her husband’s scandals, her harsh words about the criminality of black men, White Water, Libya, and that she is a woman. Overall, Obama’s legacy and the impact of the Affordable Care Act placed the nail in the coffin for Hillary to win the presidency. Change can be good, but it isn’t guaranteed to bring the desired results. I think that every American should give Mr. Trump a little time to get his bearings and develop his own policies, then make their final decision. One thing that he should do is pull back from tweeting, or hire a ghostwriter. He should also consult with his legal team before meeting, talking or consulting with heads of state. He has to be careful to not stoke the flames of warm and fall into traps of conspiring dictators.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      The fact that president-elect Trump does not give a toot about your and your leftist ilk’s opinions of him and will not do any of the things you suggest or refrain from any of your proscriptions is PRECISELY why his two terms will rival and quite possibly surpass the good President Reagan did for America and the civilized world. At a bare minimum, he will undo the damage done by the two, disastrous, anti-American terms of Comrade Obama.

  35. David S Pittsenberger says:

    Seriously? You don’t think. Mr. Krabs voted for Trump? He’s gotta be Trump Pence all the way considering his most important issue would be eliminating the minimum wage. I peq Squidward as more of a liberal too. I’m sure Patrick slept in and didn’t vote. SpongeBob is probably for Jill Stein. Sandy for Gary Johnson. Hmmm… pretty diverse cast on that cartoon.

    This election was about fear. It turns out that the balance of fear in the individuals states leans more toward the Trump side than the Clinton. People are afraid of losing their jobs. They have misplaced fear that trade deals are bad. Ask the people of the 1930s how those anti trade and high tariff policies worked out for them. They are afraid of people that are different than them. The whole “Make America Great Again.” And this fear did not only impact whites.

    Here we are almost a month after the election and the media still can accept it or get over it. It’s really annoying to hear them complain about Trump day after day and still pretend that they are not biased. I am not a Trump supporter and it annoys the crap out of media. I can’t imagine what those that voted for him feel. The media is fueling the whole divide.

  36. Erica Kimbro says:

    You know, reading this blog post verified so many things for me! Many people stated earlier on that the signs were there that Trump would win the election, but of course those who have a sound mind would’ve thought otherwise. I didn’t actually realize that there were so many signs visible and we happened to miss them all. This didn’t come as a shock to me 100% but we all have those silent doubts, right??

    • Jay Moreno says:

      Of course, you meant that he “incites” violence.

      Nonetheless, your comments were insightful insofar as it revealed how willing you young lefties are to suspend disbelief and swallow hook,line, and sinker all the Alinskyite propaganda that Soros, Daily Kos, BLM, et al, pump out daily.

      Have you actually seen news reports in legitimate, main stream media of theses incidents of violence that you claim are Trump incited? Links, please.

  37. Sarah says:

    This was such a tough election! I was very disappointed in both candidates that it was kind of just choosing the lesser of two “evils”. I honestly did not believe that Trump was going to win the Presidency and I was actually very shocked..not saying I was happy or mad, but truly surprised. I didn’t realize there were so many signs. Of course now people I know have come out saying they knew he would win, but before they didn’t think he would. I had serious concerns with Hillary and her reputation. I know Trump had issues of his own, but it is so tough to believe the media and what is true and what people are making up. I know some of the issues with Hillary were blown out of proportion, but some of the things that could not be denied were just major concerns for me. I also know a lot of people are upset that Trump won because the people who voted for him were upset about Obamacare, but if there was something in place that affected you so negatively, why wouldn’t you vote against it? I understand why people would use that as something that helped them make their decision because that affects them everyday.

  38. Nathan Daley says:

    This has to be my favorite topic, simply because so many people got it wrong. I think regardless if you like Trump or not, many people voted for him because of his vision for the country. Hillary lost because like her and many others who supported her were oblivious. Hillary represents the same typical politician. All talk no action and people are tired of that. Trump was worth the risk.

    I didn’t know who was going to win, but I knew Trump had a chance. This just goes to show you how much people were willing to look past his ignorant comments made. At the end of the day his vision resonated with a lot of people. His entire persona goes against the traditional politician image that the country is accustomed to. Once again that should tell you a lot. People are sick and tired of the same ole political jive. In my personal opinion Trump lacks decorum in most cases, but the issues he speaks on are very accurate. The moment he announced he was running and gave his reasoning’s, I was in support. I agreed with his vision. The fact that he was not a career politician was a big plus for me, which I know it was for a lot of people.

    The main question is why did people get it wrong? There are a number of factors why people were so caught off guard, especially Hillary. First off, many citizens lied about who they were supporting. Most people did not want to announce to the world they were supporting Trump as a candidate because they were embarrassed. Many citizens supported Trumps views but did not want to be associated with his behavior, because he was being labeled as a racist and a bigot. In my opinion, Hillary underestimated her opponent. She also was arrogant and ignorant to the voice and the hearts of the people. Not including all of the issues she was dealing with, she ruined her own reputation which did not sit well with people. At the same time, those same people may despise Trumps antics, but they realize he is better suited to pull the country in the right direction. They also felt he was worth the risk when looking at a lesser of two evil scenario.

    When it is all said and done, the country and its failed politicians are responsible for creating an environment where a person like Donald Trump could ever become president in the first place. Politicians have a track record of making false promises or being elected and not following through. They are also puppets to the donors that invest in them. Trump is completely the opposite. I can respect an honest straight forward person. Hillary was too untrustworthy and that played a huge factor. People appreciate the candor the anti political correctness he brings to the table. Trump has proven that just being you can go a long way.

    • Morrisa Rogers says:

      Nathan, I would agree in principle. Essentially as you said people were looking for honesty and the person who appeared to be transparent was destined to win. However, that does not mean that Hilary did not have the best interest of the country at heart. It could just boil down to her use of proven political strategy versus Trumps unconventional methods. Even Trumps campaign manager disagreed with decisions he made, but they worked, much to her surprise. It will be interesting to observe how this election impacts on the political strategy of the future.

  39. Morrisa Rogers says:

    Why didn’t we see this coming? I would say politics is to blame. Historically, whether we want to admit it or not, the charismatic orator, scholar, or the alpha male tends to be the one to persuade the majority vote. However, it does not always mean that the most persuasive speaker is looking out for the interest of the majority.

    Fortunately, I believe the American public have realized that the career politician often is more concerned with staying in power then the true needs of the people he represents. Therefore, the Clinton establishment, just like others such as the Kennedy’s would cast doubt for those, who for years, have seen the left as looking out for the working class.

    When the current strategy is not working, smart people change their approach. At the end of the day, the American public is looking for a leader who will support policies that will have a direct impact on their lives. They now consider the fact that this new leader does not meet the esteemed criteria of past presidents as an indication that he will behave differently, placing their wants and needs center stage. They have found someone who speaks like they do and expresses ideas that align with their own.

    To this end, you can see why the mainstream media got it wrong. They were evaluating, comparing, and contrasting the presidential nominees with the textbook evaluation of a president. But, it seems the public has rewritten the evaluation criteria. What was once a presidential must is now optional, and the only clear criteria has become, “tell the truth.” Whether you like what he says, or how he says it the appearance of truth seems to be something that Trump has mastered.

    • Jay Moreno says:

      President Trump, the first president with zero prior political office, comes closer to what the Founding Fathers had in mind than any predecessor. He has broken the mold you alluded to. It will never be reassembled. President Trump, should he succeed in fulfiling the majority of his promises in his first term, and all of them by the end of his second term, having never given and inch to the enemies of America, both foreign and domestic (i.e., Commie-Lib-Dems),might very well be the model for the mold for presidents for a long time to come.

  40. Elizabeth says:

    The media is going to have to get to the point that they realize their power has gone too far. Perhaps this was it, although I think they’re too egotistical as a whole to believe this. When the media changed from news reporting to opinion based news reporting and controlling the topics that are discussed, they grew too egotistical. If they had been paying attention to the voices outside of the cities, and understanding that just because they believe something should happen, does not mean that the majority of Americans agree, they may not be so shocked right now. They’re still reeling from the election, and still maintaining the one sided reporting. There is no media outlet today, not even the more conservative ones, that presents the news in a non-biased way.

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