How and Why Trump Won, What It Means,
And What Happens Next.
“…The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of god.”
– Thomas Jefferson
The Presidential Election of 2016 was not just an election, it was a revolution.
Businessman and real estate mogul Donald J. Trump pulled off the greatest political upset in American history. He is a novice politician who – at 70 years of age – campaigned with incredible grit and stamina to win the American presidency against all odds.
Despite many setbacks (many of which were self-inflicted), Trump ultimately earned the respect of many doubters and critics as he campaigned relentlessly during the final weeks of the campaign in the face of withering attacks from all sides.
In securing this victory, Trump not only had to fight the Democratic Party and the Clinton machine, he also had to fight much of the Republican establishment… all of the mainstream Media… sneering Hollywood celebrities, pretentious singers, and snarky comedians… as well as the “nattering nabobs of negativism” on the right, including leading conservative intellectuals such as the “NeverTrumpers” at the late William F. Buckley’s “National Review.”
Many people on both sides of the political divide are still shocked by his upset. His victory was especially improbable when you consider the fact that the mainstream media became an active participant in the campaign and did their very best to brand Trump as a racist, a bigot, a xenophobe, a misogynist, and a loose cannon who is basically a combination of Raging Bull and Dr. Strangelove.
How the media created this myth is spelled out very clearly and comprehensively by Walter Donway’s excellent essay, “The Media Stages A Postmodern Election.
While the media staged their assault in print and across the airwaves, Trump also had to deal with real violence on the ground. Hillary Clinton paid agitators to go in and disrupt his rallies and then blamed it on the “environment of violence” Trump was creating.
Mrs. Clinton’s lap dogs in the mainstream media twisted his words into pretzels over and over and then screamed “racist!” “bigot!” “woman hater!” “Muslim hater!”… despite the fact there is no credible evidence for any of those charges. Isn’t it funny that he was never called a racist before in his life until he ran for president as a Republican? In fact, previously he was given awards by figures such as Jesse Jackson for his support for the black community.
However, liberals and Democrats were so whipped into hysteria by all of this, it got to the point where you couldn’t sit down in a coffee shop without overhearing how “Trump is like Hitler” within five minutes. It is just incredible how intelligent and otherwise reasonable people turn into the most vitriolic authoritarian bigots when the subject of Donald Trump comes up. There is never any substance to what they say , it is always ad hominem attacks.
Does it ever dawn on these people that there are two sides to every issue and some of us actually think that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are as bad as they think Trump is?
Of course not, because liberals think they are always right and anyone who disagrees with them is not only wrong, but uneducated and immoral. First, let’s take a look at a few of the groups on the left suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome…
Almost everyone on the left bought into the lie. In schools across the country, most teachers were very willing to verbally express the ill effects of their Trump Derangement Syndrome. Intimidated by these vocal teachers, middle schoolers were terrified to ever admit it if they supported Trump. Many teachers called anyone who supported Trump “crazy.” A mock vote was held in our local school’s 8th grade class and Hillary won 23 – 1. This is despite the fact that their parents were split about 50/50.
One local teacher even penned a letter to his students after the election, saying it was a “symbolic choice” between “the racist, misogynist, islamaphobe, homophobic, egocentric, who wants to deport people, assault women and build a wall… and the woman from the establishment. In other words, there was no choice. The choice was obvious. And we got it wrong.” All of this nonsense is despite the fact that the handbook of the School Committee clearly states that teachers are not supposed to use their positions to espouse a political position.
This is yet another reason Trump won – we are tired of paying exorbitant taxes to send our children to schools that have become left-wing indoctrination camps.
Our elite celebrities from Hollywood and elsewhere – our nation’s best political philosophers don’t you know – got into the name-calling game. Here are some of their learned and erudite arguments as to why Hillary was the superior candidate…
George Clooney called Trump a “xenophobic fascist.”
Amy Shumer called him an “orange, sexual assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.”
JK Rowling said “Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”
Not be outdone by that, Jennifer Lawrence said, “If Donald Trump becomes President that would be the end of the world.”
Cher compared him to Stalin and Hitler and said “I think he’s a fucking idiot.”
Takes one to know one I guess.
Robert DeNiro reached deep for his best and most persuasive arguments: “He’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con — a bullshit artist. A mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes. He’s an idiot.”
You get the drift. All of these “useful idiots” for left wing authoritarianism act this way because socialism does not affect them economically and they get to feel morally superior by taking the politically correct position as promulgated by their intellectual masters on the left. They are nothing more than brainwashed drones with egos so outsized they think we actually care what they say.
Then the musicians took center stage for the final push. Katy Perry held a concert. Lady Gaga wowed them wearing a Nazi costume. Hillary appeared with Jayzee and Beyonce. Madonna held a surprise really in Washington square.
Then we have the sad case of Bruce Springsteen, once a great songwriter and poet of the working class, now an out of touch, morally preening, pretentious blowhard. Bruce hauled out his guitar, washed his botoxed face, put on his $800 man scarf, and went out to sing for his supper in support of the most oppressive, boring, autocratic social system on earth… as well as the most boring, corrupt symbol of that big government establishment, Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, the working men he used to sing odes to, got in their pickup trucks and went out the next morning and voted for Donald Trump.
Rock and Roll is dead and Springsteen killed it. At his recent tour in Australia, Springsteen told the crowd he was “ashamed to be an American.” We are ashamed that you are an American too Bruce.
The So-Called Comedians
I won’t even get into the so-called comedians. From Steven Colbert, to John Oliver, to Jon Stewart, to Samantha Bee, they were all colossally against Trump, colossally wrong and extremely boring. Nothing more than would-be Court Jesters for Queen Hillary.
You can look long and hard but you will not find one intelligent statement or original thought by the celebrity crowd about any policy positions of Trump…. Since they live a rarefied existence, ensconsed in their “cult of personality” echo chambers, they too are obsessed with personality and all things superficial.
While Hillary had pretty much the entire entertainment industry on her side…. Who did Trump have?
Pretty much only Jon Voigt, Chachie, and an ambivalent Clint Eastwood.
Yet Trump still won, didn’t he?
First they laughed at him, calling him a clown and a buffoon. When that didn’t work they had to create the big lie that he was racist and sexist.
However, this tactic has been used so many times by the left, most thinking Americans see right through it. Leftists have become the “boy who cried wolf” one too many times.
Do Not Fall For The Big Lie
Creating the “big lie” is a classic Leftist, Alinskyite tactic, and it was the heart of Hillary’s strategy.
First she tried to smear Trump as unqualified because of his politically incorrect statements and his mercurial temperament, but went that didn’t work she had to jump the shark and portray him as the second coming of Hitler. By extension, she also had to claim that all of his supporters were just racist, uneducated rubes with pitchforks. As she said….
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Despite the fact that she was supposed to be so intelligent, that will go down in history as one of the dumbest statements ever made by a political candidate. It’s one thing to attack your opponent, attacking his supporters is just plain stupid. But yes, that is how arrogant and out of touch the woman is.
Yet this was her only strategy — a transparent attempt to smear and disqualify Trump, because she was a terrible candidate who offered absolutely nothing to the good, productive, hard working people of America. She was also quite possibly the most unlikable, corrupt and undeserving individual that has ever run for the presidency.
Even so, she was a career politician, former first lady, experienced debater, and a former Secretary of State with the entire elite establishment on her side – yet, the blue collar billionaire with the reality TV show cleaned her clock.
When something so earth-shattering happens, it should warrant a period of introspection for those who were surprised and shocked by it. It should make those who are the least bit rational at least somewhat curious.
However, there is no evidence that most liberals and democrats suffer from that level of rationality or curiosity. In fact, as of this writing, the evidence is they are going to double down on it.
Even more troubling, many of those on the right who should know better seem to have fallen for this meme. A sad case in point is the Ayn Rand Institute, claiming that the election of Trump was “one small step for dictatorship,” asserting that his “followers” showed all the traits of those yearning for a dictator. Their main argument was that Trump painted a dark picture of America and then spent the campaign scapegoating various groups of people, so his supporters were looking for the proverbial “man on the white horse.”
Sorry, but that’s a very superficial and unconvincing argument. There were much deeper and larger forces at play here as I will outline below.
It is already obvious what the narrative on the left will be: the racist, bigoted Trump won, because all the “deplorables” who followed him blindly are just like him and this was a backlash against the compassionate, enlightened, inclusive, “progressives” on the left.
Nothing could be further from the truth, but we are already seeing that false narrative play out with outcomes that range from stupid and silly to downright dangerous.
On one hand you have the rise of the “safety pin” meme, in which the ever so enlightened and compassionate liberals signal their virtue to each other and their opposition to the evil Trump.
We’ve also seen a meltdown on college campuses across the country with classes and exams being cancelled, coloring books and playdough handed out, and therapy dogs brought in to comfort the troubled snowflakes who have seen such an affront to their insular world view.
Not all of the reactions have been so apparently benign.
The CEO of a company called PacketSled claimed he was going to assassinate Trump the day after the election. The CEO of HubGrub sent an email basically saying that any employee who supported Trump was not welcome at the company. Some college students are staging walk outs and demonstrating. In Maryland, one of these protests, in which they blocked traffic across a highway, resulted in the death of a man with a 4 year old daughter because an ambulance could not get to the hospital.
The weekend after the election, VP Elect Mike Pence was “lectured” from the stage by the cast of “Hamilton” in New York City. The American Music Awards featured bigoted attacks on Melania Trump and a song from the washed up punk rock group Green Day, comparing Trump to the KKK.
There is also no evidence that the Democrat party learned the lessons of this election. They are sending out tweets claiming Trump’s cabinet includes white supremacists, Islamophobes, and supporters of the KKK. (This is especially rich since it’s the Democrat party that founded the KKK). The always despicable Howard Dean called Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon a “Nazi.” The mask is off and the Left has become completely unhinged.
At a recent post-election recap DNC operative Jennifer Palmieiri accused Kellyanne Conway of winning by running a racist campaign and giving a platform for white supremacists, which is completely ridiculous.
I was hoping things would settle down after the Inauguration; however, they have only become worse with all of the protests, riots, and increasing violence from the left. It is very clear that the Left has become completely unhinged and will do everything they can to oppose every move Trump makes.
I hope they keep it up, because all they are doing by acting like such a-holes is guaranteeing that we won’t see a Democrat back in the White House for decades.
Just to reiterate, Trump is not a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, a xenophone, or an Islamophobe, and neither are his supporters. These charges are absurd and using this as an explanation for why he won is laughable and irrational.
Let’s take a look at what really happened….
How And Why Trump Won
So how did this really happen? How did he do it? What was the cause of Trump’s rise and what will it mean for our future?
Overall, this election was a rejection of the big government socialism that has been foisted on us for many years, especially under Barack Obama. In large part, it was a backlash against the politically correct culture and identity politics of the left, which has become nothing less than liberal fascism. It was also disgust with Obama’s serial appeasement of our enemies and failure to support our police and military.
Immigration was a big part of it, because Americans are fed up with the national security risks as well as the other problems inherent with illegal immigration.
Finally, it was also a result of the complete train wreck that is Hillary Rodham Clinton vs. the many positive economic policies that Trump put forth.
More specifically, I believe there were eight key reasons for his success.
1) Rebellion against an overbearing government and the policies of Barack Obama.
Writing about the election of 1972 and discussing the unique American sense of life, Ayn Rand wrote the following:
“a dictatorship cannot take hold in America today. . . . Defiance, not obedience, is the American’s answer to overbearing authority.”
That is exactly what this election was about for the vast majority of the people who voted for Trump. We are tired of the government growing ever larger no matter which political party is in office. We know the democrats are socialist, but we also realize that government spending grew dramatically under George W. Bush’s “compassionate” conservatism as well.
The turbo-statism of Barack Obama included massive tax increases, 24,000 new regulations, a government monstrosity called Obamacare shoved down our throats, a doubling of our national debt, anemic economic growth of a mere 2% per year, the lowest labor participation rate in over 40 years, a decline in real family income from $57,000 in 2007 to $53,700 in 2014, home ownership is at a 48 year low, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 26.5 million in 2007 to 44.5 million in 2016.the highest level of food stamps.
The result of this is the unproductive sector is draining the productive sector like a vampire.
People who are in the working and middle classes know this. They know they are losing the economic battle. Buying power is down. Wages are stagnant. Good jobs are harder to come by. Two full-time incomes are now a necessity for the vast majority of couples in this country and many people are having to work additional part-time jobs to make ends meet. Median family income has stalled since 2000 and has been far outpaced by huge increases in housing, health care, and college tuition.
Meanwhile, we see the debt exploding from $9 trillion to $20 trillion under Barack Obama and we know it will create grave problems for our children and grandchildren.
Yet the politicians keep on spending as if they are oblivious to the facts of reality and democrats and liberals simply go along with it as if there will never be any consequences.
Even worse, many of those on the left propose to jump the shark and go full socialist as we saw in the horrifying campaign of Bernie Sanders, who at least has the honesty to call himself a socialist. $20 trillion in debt? Bah, that’s nothing. Let’s see how much we can ramp that up by offering free college and free health care through a single payer system!
What’s more, we know we are paying for countless things we disagree with such as a bloated and rapacious government bureaucracy, lavish pensions for former government employees, aid to foreign countries who hate us, subsidies and bailouts for corporations, welfare for people who could work, payments to farmers so they don’t farm their land, and on and on.
People voted for Trump because they believe he will move in the direction of lifting this burden off of people who work for a living.
2) Rebellion against the politically correct culture and identity politics of the left.
Closely related to the overbearing government with its boot on our necks, are the overbearing people who support the Leviathan. The Left has completely dominated the culture because it has dominated the education system for the past 150 years. The vote for Trump was in large part a rejection of the left’s increasingly fascistic subversion over any attempt at dialogue through what is called political correctness.
People lament that the country is so divided. What do you expect when one side always wants to force their opinion on you through the power of the state and when you object, citing America’s heritage of liberty, freedom and capitalism, they call you names instead of debating ideas and policies?
The left has become so dominant in the culture, they feel they don’t even have to debate anymore. If you disagree with their politically correct party line, then you are not only wrong, you are immoral. That’s why they don’t even attempt to discuss ideas or policies anymore. You’re against raising the minimum wage? Racist! You don’t like Obamacare? You want people to die! Skeptical about the global warming theory? Science denier!
The left has always focused on controlling the dialogue by controlling the language.
Think about how Orwellian it is to call a fascist program like Obamacare – a government program that “doubles your premiums while cutting your coverage in half” as Bill Clinton said, and then has fines and penalties if you don’t comply — “the Affordable Care Act.”
The other main tactic they use is pressure group warfare. They divide people by class, gender, race, ethnicity, etc. and pit people against each other. The tactic they normally use of promising favors in exchange for votes from their favored pressure groups backfired this time though didn’t it?
What they are doing is balkanizing America into tribal groups. There is nothing progressive about this – it is entirely regressive. This is the Cultural Marxism that has been spread by progressives… just as economic Marxism pits people against each other based on class through the idea of haves and have nots, cultural Marxism does the same thing by claiming there are oppressors and oppressed, based on other factors such as race, gender, ethnicity, etc.
There is a crack in this nefarious strategy and the light is starting come through. Many minorities are beginning to understand they have been used by the Democrat party. They are realizing that handouts = dependency and they don’t want stagnation and violence in their inner cities – they need good jobs and that requires capitalism as well as law and order!
We are also tired of the liberal fascism on college campuses, where conservative and libertarian speakers are routinely shouted down by the forces of “inclusion” and “tolerance.” Ann Coulter has suffered through this for years, and recently Breitbart’s Milo Yannopoulis – a gay conservative who supports Trump — has had to cancel appearances due to security concerns. Identity politics is out of control on college campuses.
We are also tired of the Marxist revisionism of America’s history and the ignorant condemnation of our Founding Fathers. This is so out of hand there is now a humanities class at the University Colorado that teaches students the founding father were terrorists and that CEO’s should be in a “moral prison.”
A great many are also very tired of being lectured to by pampered celebrities and athletes who make millions of dollars off of us, know nothing about politics, but are arrogant enough to advertise their ignorance at every turn. People who make millions of dollars per year are not affected by higher taxes in any significant way. However, for the rest of us, higher taxes, higher health care costs, lower wages, and lack of jobs affect us dramatically. While these pampered millionaires don’t even notice a tax increase or higher health care costs, for those of us on Main Street it means postponing a new car, juggling the electric bill and the mortgage, not being able to pay for college, or it may mean your kids will never see Disney World.
The working and middle classes are getting squeezed in a vise due the stagnant economy and the tax, spend, regulate and borrow policies of the Democrats.
Keep it up social justice warriors and celebrities and all you’ll do is guarantee a second term for Trump.
This liberal fascism extended to the election itself. Branded as a hateful racist and bigot, the Left attempted to demonize Trump’s supporters as well. I always felt we needed to spot him two or three points for that alone… This type of liberal “shaming” also went on during the Brexit vote in the UK so people were afraid to admit they supported laving the EU.
I already mentioned how teachers intimidated and shamed students into not admitting they supported Trump. The same thing went on in the workplace and across America Trump signs were routinely stolen and vandalized to the point where many people were simply afraid to put them out because they didn’t want repercussions.
This madness went far beyond stealing lawn signs to actual violence against people for simply wearing a Trump hat or sporting a bumper sticker on their car. As covered in this article, there have been many documented incidents of physical violence against Trump supporters who did nothing to provoke it.
It’s interesting that CNN and the rest of the mainstream media have not reported on the above incidents, but instead keep claiming there is a rash of “hate crimes” sweeping the country post-election by Trump supporters. Upon closer examination of the incidents mentioned, none have actually been physical violence. Most have been just graffiti and signs, plus a couple of chants by kids and fringe groups that have not even been tied to Trump voters. It seems like there have actually been more hate crime hoaxes than hate crimes.
This is America?
It is time for political correctness and identity politics to go because it is a cancer in a country founded on the principles of individual liberty and the motto “E Pluribus Unum.”
3) Frustration with a stagnant, slow-growth economy and lack of good paying jobs.
Despite his lack of character, Bill Clinton knew something that Hillary did not – in order to get people to vote for you they have to think you care about them.
That’s why he would always tell them “I feel your pain.” His wife has none of that ability to connect with people.
To his credit, Donald Trump does. That’s why he was known as the “blue collar billionaire” even before he ran for office. I was pleasantly surprised as the campaign evolved to see him actually going into the inner cities as well as the hard hit areas of the south and rust belt to talk to people, listen to them, and attempt to come up with solutions.
Although we need to defend free trade on principle and I was very disappointed at some of his anti-trade, protectionist rhetoric, it is understandable in terms of political strategy. It’s one thing to assert that free trade is the best economic policy and the government has no business interfering in economic exchange or trying to prevent U. S. companies who want to move plants overseas; however, it’s another thing entirely to just say “that’s the way it is” to a 50-year-old woman in Ohio who can’t pay her mortgage and is watching her husband slip away into depression because he lost his job at the auto plant because it was moved to Mexico.
As someone running for office, you are not going to pull out copies of Adam Smith and Milton Friedman and attempt to educate that woman about economic theory and explain to her how we are all better off in the long run if the government does nothing. You are going to try to come up with a solution.
Now, we can argue that Trump’s protectionist solution of tariffs is not the way to go, which is the side I am on. But we need to understand that what resonated with hard hit working and middle class people around the country was that he cared and would attempt to do something about creating more jobs and keeping American companies and their money in the U. S.
What the government can and should do is simply get out of the way and let capitalism work. To his credit, Trump is talking about cutting the corporate tax rate to 15% from its current 40% (this highest in the industrialized world). Compare that with Ireland’s 12.5%. That’s the reason their economy is growing at 3x the rate of ours. That’s a good way to use the carrot of tax cuts. A better rate would be zero; however, economist Larry Kudlow predicts that if Trump’s corporate tax plan becomes law, you’ll see “a tremendous movement of capital and labor back to the United States.”
Unfortunately, Trump is also taking about doing things like putting tariffs on companies that move operations outside of the U. S. and want to sell their goods in the U. S. That would be a disaster – protectionist policies increase the costs and risks of doing business — and I am hoping that was political posturing as part of his strategy. We should also be clear that the government has no right to tell a company they cannot make products in other countries or even outsource jobs to other countries, such as the IT outsourcing that goes to India. We should also keep in mind this is not a policy the president could enact by decree and there are plenty of free traders in Congress he would likely put the brakes on such a policy.
As I was writing this, it was announced that Carrier has now decided to keep over 1,000 jobs in Indiana that were originally going to be lost to a new plant in Mexico. Trump apparently spoke with the parent company United Technologies and persuaded them to stay based on tax incentives and the new business-friendly environment he will create in the US. This is great news and exactly the kind of thing we hope will happen – companies stay here because it makes the most sense for them economically. We do have to watch this though because there is a fine line between persuasion and coercion.
Another positive dialogue in the jobs discussion is the idea of finally bringing capitalism to inner cities and breaking the 60-year stranglehold that Democrats have had there which has resulted in nothing but poverty and generational dependency. Trump’s chief strategist, Steven Bannon, has said they plan to bring capitalism to the inner cities and has also been an advocate of school choice, which is designed to help students stuck in failing schools get the education they need to break that cycle.
In short, people voted for Trump because they want better jobs and economic growth.
4) Trump Was Willing To Fight Dirty
Much has been made of the incredible animosity, name-calling, vulgarity, and circus-like atmosphere of the 2016 campaign, but it is really not that unusual in American politics. When you have two sharply divided parties and you are playing for all the marbles, this is what happens. Consider a couple of historical examples.
The Election of 1800 was a rematch of the previous election Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, in which Adams won a narrow victory in both the popular vote and the Electoral College. Both men were determined to win at all costs, and they sent out surrogates to attack the other. Jefferson secretly hired the famed pamphleteer James Callendar, who had previously damaged the reputation of Alexander Hamilton, to portray Adams and the Federalist party as a friend to British royalty and Adams as being bent on starting a war with France in order to further an alliance with King George. As part of his attack, Callender described Adams as a “hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”
Adams’ son John Quincy was also involved in a pretty nasty election with Andrew Jackson. Adams and his surrogates said Jackson had the personality of a dictator, was too uneducated to be president (they claimed he spelled Europe ‘Urope’), and hurled all sorts of terrible insults at his wife, Rachel. Rachel had been in an abusive marriage with a man who finally divorced her, but divorce was still quite the scandal at the time. The Federalists called her a “dirty black wench”, a “convicted adulteress” and said she was prone to “open and notorious lewdness”. On their end, Jackson’s people said that Adams had sold his wife’s maid as a concubine to the czar of Russia. Jackson won that one pretty handily.
In modern times, one of the lowest was the “Daisy” ad that Lyndon Johnson ran against Barry Goldwater. Many consider it the most effective negative ad in modern politics—where Johnson essentially said that electing Barry Goldwater would bring on nuclear destruction, killing our nation’s children. If you’ve never seen it you should check it out here.
In recent years, what we have typically seen is this: Democrats are willing to fight dirty and “go low,” while republicans want to stay “above the fray” and play by the Marquis de Queensbury rules. The typical strategy is always to paint Republicans as greedy, money-grubbing rich guys that want to reward the rich, steal from the poor, pollute the air and water, take away your social security and medicare and throw granny off a cliff (which was an actual campaign ad in the 2008 election).
Candidate Barack Obama famously said “when they bring a knife we bring a gun” and told his supporters to “get in the faces” of their friends and neighbors and family.
We know all this. Although all of the Wikileaks emails and Project Veritas [link] video shined the light on these tactics, none of it was surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to recent elections. We all remember how McCain and Romney would not go after Obama on key hot button issues such as the Benghazi scandal when push came to shove. [others]
In short, Republican candidates have been wimps.
Enter Donald Trump. Not only was he willing to get in the mud, he brought name-calling, mud-slinging and personal attacks to a whole new level, even saying he would appoint a special prosecutor to put his opponent in jail.
Unfortunately, that is what it takes to beat the Democrats these days. Hillary of course gave as good as she got, continually lying about him, saying he lives in an “alternative universe,” and continually twisting his words and then hammering Trump on his comments about women and other groups.
During the primary campaign, I knew it would be either Trump or Cruz and I was personally leaning toward Cruz. I thought he was much more principled, understood and respected the Constitution, and would be far better at laying out a coherent vision as well as specific policies. As an experienced debater, I also thought he would do much better against Hillary Clinton in the debates.
Others on the Republican side thought it had to be Trump, because he was an outsider who would truly shake up the establishment and would engage in the street fighting necessary to beat the Clintons. Despite all of the cringe-worth things Trump said and his propensity to shoot himself in the foot, I think those in the latter camp turned out to be correct. One person put it very succintly and I think wisely when she told me simply, “if the Republicans want to win this time, they need a candidate with balls.”
Trump slashed and burned his way to the Republican nomination; however, in addition to fighting dirty against Hillary he also offered substantial positive policies and vision while she had none of the latter.
5) We are tired of being sold out by the elite establishment.
The rise of such an iconoclastic candidate as Donald Trump cannot be fully explained by a rejection of the current President’s agenda. If it were just that, Republicans would have nominated a safer “establishment” Republican like Marcio Rubio or Jeb Bush. But they did not even come close. This is because the dissatisfaction goes far beyond just the one party and encompasses politicians in general as well as the dominant elite establishment in the media, entertainment, and academia.
Trump accurately read the mood of the country. He knew people were tired of being sold out by politicians on both sides of the aisle. The Democrats have gone completely off the deep end and now have candidates such as Bernie Sanders who are outright socialists coming close to winning the nomination.
As for the Republicans, although they claim to be the party of traditional American values and out founding principles, such as individual liberty, capitalism, and limited government, they have not even come close to upholding those ideals (at least since Ronald Reagan).
No matter which party holds office, the federal government grows and grows… the national debt grows and grows… the regulations increase… lobbyists and political favors increase…. and our freedom and prosperity shrinks along with the prospects for our children to live better lives.
Despite having control of Congress in his first term, George W. Bush spent far more than Bill Clinton and also raised taxes. Bush’s compassionate conservatism was really no different in principle than the socialism of the left – the only thing that changed was who the money that was plundered from taxpayers went to.
We have had enough of politicians who speak out of both sides of their mouths while betraying all of our most cherished principles.
Will Trump be any better? We don’t really know, but for now Donald Trump represents a big middle finger to all of that and we are willing to give an outsider a chance to drain the swamp.
It is also very interesting to see that Trump easily won the votes of the blue collar, working class around the country, but especially in the hardest hit states economically.
Democrats were never really “for” the working class, but they used to control their votes by pandering to big labor and unions. However, people are waking up to the fact that what is really needed are policies that are business friendly and will result in job creation and economic growth.
The establishment media has been completely shameful in their biased attacks and it is definitely going to be a long four years for them, because Trump is not going to roll over for them as other Republicans have done.
6) National Security, Immigration, and Response To The Refugee Crisis
It’s one thing to be overwhelmed by an unexpected invasion, it’s quite another to invite your invaders in. This was the common sense idea that prompted Trump’s bold call for a ban on Muslim immigration, which then evolved into a policy of “extreme vetting,” which may or may not include a pause in immigration from certain countries.
Despite the rationality of at least considering such a policy, the idea was met with a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle. We kept hearing this was bigoted or racist and politicians like President Obama kept declaring “that’s not who we are.”
Really? Is “who we are,” a bunch of suicidal fools who would willingly bring people into this country, knowing that a certain percentage of them are hostile to our values and want to kill American men, women and children indiscriminately?
To do something like that out of a mistaken notion of duty, tolerance, or diversity is the height of self-sacrificial altruism and self-immolation.
On the campaign trail, Trump frequently recited the lyrics of “The Snake,” by Al Wilson, which is a take off on the fable of the farmer and the viper. The closing lines are…
“I saved you, ” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman, ” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
Those of us paying attention know there have been 29,000 Islamic terror attacks since 9/11. We see what’s going on Europe due to the invasion of Muslim immigrants. We have seen all the incidents here from Boston to Garland to San Bernardino to Orlando. In almost all cases the government’s intelligence agencies let us down because they were hamstrung by suicidal political correctness.
We also know the elites, who will never be affected by these things, make the decisions — and they have been the wrong decisions.
Let’s take the case of Germany…
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan related a story of a conversation with an acquaintance of Angela Merkel. She said the acquaintance offered the following when asked how Ms. Merkel could possibly be so foolish as to let in some 1 million Muslim refugees…
As the daughter of a Lutheran minister, someone who grew up in East Germany, Ms. Merkel would have natural sympathy for those who feel marginalized and displaced. Moreover she is attempting to provide a kind of counter-statement, in the 21st century, to Germany’s great sin of the 20th. The historical stain of Nazism, the murder and abuse of the minority, will be followed by the moral triumph of open arms toward the dispossessed. That’s what’s driving it, said the acquaintance.
So out of a misguided sense of altruism, Ms. Merkel is willing to put the safety and security of the German people at risk. Noonan then makes a great point:
It was as good an explanation as I’d heard. But there was a fundamental problem with the decision that you can see rippling now throughout the West. Ms. Merkel had put the entire burden of a huge cultural change not on herself and those like her but on regular people who live closer to the edge, who do not have the resources to meet the burden, who have no particular protection or money or connections. Ms. Merkel, her cabinet and government, the media and cultural apparatus that lauded her decision were not in the least affected by it and likely never would be.
Nothing in their lives will get worse. The challenge of integrating different cultures, negotiating daily tensions, dealing with crime and extremism and fearfulness on the street—that was put on those with comparatively little, whom I’ve called the unprotected. They were left to struggle, not gradually and over the years but suddenly and in an air of ongoing crisis that shows no signs of ending—because nobody cares about them enough to stop it.
The powerful show no particular sign of worrying about any of this. When the working and middle class pushed back in shocked indignation, the people on top called them “xenophobic,” “narrow-minded,” “racist.” The detached, who made the decisions and bore none of the costs, got to be called “humanist,” “compassionate,” and “hero of human rights.”
This is exactly what would have happened under Hillary Clinton. Once again, it is the elites making decisions that are destructive for us so they can be viewed as “inclusive” and “compassionate,” while never having to suffer the consequences of their decisions themselves. This is the same thing that happens in matters of economic policy.
We also know the truth about Obama’s disastrous Iran deal, which has not stopped Iran’s support for terror and has given them the money they will need to develop a nuclear bomb in the future. Trump has promised to do something about that as well.
Those who don’t think “extreme vetting” is critically necessary, simply have not been following what’s going on in Europe and/or have their heads in the sand. Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and others have done a phenomenal job shining a light on the danger of Islam since 9/11/01.
Painful truths are difficult but we can’t wish monsters away. We do need to heed the lesson of the farmer and the viper.
If Trump’s proposal was in place the attack at Ohio State University would not have happened. Do we really want to bring people into this country who will attack our children on college campuses with machetes?
As far as immigration in general, Trump’s bold stand has been something we have needed for a long time. In an ideal world it would be great to have an open border society. However, we are not in an ideal world. We live in a country that is $20 trillion in debt — we cannot afford to pay for illegal immigrants that come here and live off the American taxpayer. Even more importantly, in the age of jihad, immigration is now a national security issue and needs to be taken very seriously.
Despite the recent hysteria from the left due to Trump’s recent pause on immigration from terrorist hotbeds, that is something that should have been done a long time ago so we can prevent the next Boston Marathon bombing or slaughters like the ones in San Bernardino and Orlando. We have no obligation to take any immigrant in, let alone those from a group that has many adherents committed to a violent ideology like militant Islam.
Another related issue is foreign policy in general. Throughout the last eight years, Obama, Clinton, and Kerry have acted like the gang who couldn’t shoot straight all across the Middle East. They made bad decision after bad decision in relation to Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Iran. Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq and created the vacuum that allowed the rise of Isis. He drew a line in the sand and then promptly caved on it in Syria which led to the refugee crisis. Hillary bragged about killing Qadaffi in Lybia which gave us Benghazi and a failed state. They then cut a deal with Iran which will enable them to eventually create nuclear weapons and then sent over a billion US dollars to them wrapped in a bow.
And now the American people are asked to take in potentially dangerous “refugees” from Syria and these other failed states? Sorry, but most of us do not believe in paying for the sins of our foolish “leaders.”
7) Lack of respect for the most honorable men and women in the country
Another aspect of this revolt has been disgust at the way in which the most honorable men and women in our country have been smeared and disparaged by false narratives from the Left. The war on our police is the most egregious.
The entire movement of Black Lives Matter is based on a lie – i.e., that there is systemic racism among the nation’s law enforcement and because of that, blacks are being singled out for violence. The Black Lives Matter movement started after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. The facts of the incident are much different than the myth however. In that case, the police officer was exonerated from any wrongdoing. The “hands up don’t shoot” meme that started after that was a complete deception. This has been true in most such cases and the prosecution of the police officers in multiple highly publicized cases has collapsed.
The real war is the one on police. In her new book “The War On Cops,” Heather MacDonald cites several key statistics that put the lie to the false narrative of BLM and others, including
- Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015…
- More whites and Hispanics die from police homicides than blacks.
- Black and Hispanic police officers are more likely to fire a gun at blacks than white officers.
- Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops.
However, because of this lie, we have had many police officers murdered who were specifically targeted based on the irresponsible rhetoric of those pushing this false narrative.
This phenomenon was explained very succinctly at the website of the pro-Police organization, Blue Lives Matter…
The media catered to movements such as Black Lives Matter, whose goal was the vilification of law enforcement. Criminals who rioted and victimized innocent citizens were further given legitimacy by the media as “protesters.” America watched as criminals destroyed property, and assaulted and murdered innocent people, and they labeled these criminals as victims. Personal responsibility for one’s actions went away, replaced by accusations of racism and an unjust government. It seemed that almost every media organization was spreading the absurd message that people were being shot by law enforcement simply because of the color of their skin. Our political leaders pandered to these criminals and helped spread this false narrative, with no thought of the consequences.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton have done nothing to stand up for the Police and put a stop to this. In fact, they have contributed to it with their irresponsible rhetoric.
We have also seen a complete lack of respect for the military by this President. His decisions have been disastrous, from his foreign policy, to his decision to swap 5 jihadis for the traitor Bo Bergdahl, to the constricting rules of engagement that tie our military’s hands, to his cutting of both the size and the firepower of the armed forces. Finally, the treatment of our Veterans after 8 years of Barack Obama has been atrocious.
Trump has been far more supportive of the police and military than any Democrat and he has also gone out of his way to constantly advocate for Veterans and promise that it will be a priority of his presidency.
8) The Clintons
There’s not too much more to say here, because it’s all so obvious to anyone except brainwashed Democrats. Even if we forget about her left-wing socialist policies, Hillary Clinton was quite possibly the most corrupt and undeserving person ever to run for the presidency. From the Whitewater scandal to Bill’s assaults on Juanita Broderick and countless other women… to Monica Lewinsky and Bill’s shameless lying to the American Public… to the corrupt Clinton Foundaton…. to the Russian Uranium deal… to the email server scandal… to the Benghazi scandal…. it’s all migraine-inducing and I’ve already covered it extensively in this article:
Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President.
In short, putting the Clintons back in the White House was unthinkable to those of us who have paid attention to them for the past 3 decades. It was way past time for them to go.
9) Affirmative Vote From Trump’s Pro Growth, Pro-American Policies
So there were plenty of reasons to vote against Hillary. At first, many people were settling for that because candidate Trump had a lot of issues of his own and did not seem to offer a principled approach to policy. However, that did change over the course of the campaign. What started as a slash and burn campaign in the primary did evolve into something far more positive by the end. This was summed up in his speech at Gettysburg where he unveiled his Contract for American Voter.
Personally, I think in terms of character, Trump is a choir boy compared to both of the Clintons. However, even those who disagree would have to concede it was at least a draw if they are being the least bit objective. Be that as it may, in more than 60% of the states in this country, Americans saw through the big lie and leftist shaming and voted on issues that affected their lives, such as:
- Picking a Supreme Court justice that respects the Constitution.
- Pro-grown economic policies such as lowering taxes and regulations.
- Pro-energy policy with a push to become energy independent
- Repealing Obamacare and moving toward more competition and free market solutions
- Name the enemy as Islamic terrorism and coming up with a plan for defeating Isis
- Improving National Security and curbing illegal immigration
There is always the danger that Trump’s administration will steer too far in the direction of economic and political nationalism and we should be vigilant about that. However, to the extent that his policies support individual rights and more economic freedom we should applaud them. If he does in fact try to implement tariffs and other penalties that are anti free trade, those policies should be opposed. We should also be very skeptical of proposals like the federal infrastructure project, which sounds a little too much like Obama’s “shovel ready” jobs.
In summary, Trump’s policies overall are aimed at putting more money back in the pockets of working Americans, making the country stronger, and protecting us from terrorists and criminals. Why are these simple ideas so anathema to the Left and the Democrat party? The Left is so blinded by their ideology that they seem to be hell bent of committing national suicide.
To those on the left, government has become a religion and they cannot stand the fact that there is a vulgar “Infidel” in the White House. They will do everything they can to destroy his agenda. We cannot let that happen and need to stay on the offensive. Trump is far from perfect; however, we had a binary choice in this election and overall I believe he will be far superior to the alternative. At minimum, his administration will at least attempt stop the socialism and appeasement of his predecessor. Let’s hope the Republicans in Congress have the intestinal fortitude to stand with him.
In order to wage this fight successfully, we need to be very clear as to why Mr. Trump was elected and what his mandate is. We need to vocally support it and not be cowed by ignorant and obnoxious leftists, because it has become obvious since the inauguration that the Left is going to wage an all out war against Trump and his policies. As outlined in this article by John Hawkins at Townhall.com, Trump winning the Presidency has clearly caused the left to lose its collective mind. Rational Democrats need to really ask themselves if they want to be on the side of an increasingly unhinged an violent Left who are opposing an essentially pro-American agenda.
The battle lines are being drawn, which side will you be on?