Morning! As you’ve probably heard by now, Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election. On the morning of November 8th, most Americans woke up assuming that Hillary Clinton would be their next president. The New York Times gave Clinton a 91% chance of winning the presidency. However, by noon, the early poll results were telling a different story. By late afternoon, the NYT had revised its graphic to show that Donald Trump had a 95% chance of winning the presidency! What on earth happened? Let’s look at 5 reasons that helped Donald Trump become the next POTUS.
#1 - He directed his message towards an angry, emotional audience
From the very beginning of his campaign, Donald Trump made it clear at whom his message was targeted: angry, disenfranchised white voters who felt like the new globalist, multicultural America had left them behind. Recent election cycles had largely ignored these American 愤青, but Trump’s message of tightening borders and making America great again appealed to them. How did he connect with these voters? The answer is in reason number two.
#2 - He embraced fringe media groups as an outsider
History will remember this election as the first time social media truly played a decisive role. Trump embraced Twitter as his main platform of communication. However, it was not his only platform. He also maintained close ties with several powerful “alt-right” new media groups — The Drudge Report and “Infowars”, hosted by inflammatory radio host Alex Jones. These platforms offered an entirely different spin on events portrayed by the mainstream media, and even portrayed this election as the “Second American Revolution”, which helped energize their base to turn out on Election Day.
历史会证明在这次的大选中，第一次让社交媒体扮演了重要角色。川普抓住了推特这个平台作为他的主要传播平台。然而，也不仅仅是在他自己的平台宣传。他同时和几个强有力的“极右”新媒体保持紧密联系——如“The Drudge Report” ，以及 “Infowars”——这是由话语极具煽动性的电台主持人埃里克斯·琼斯所主持。这些平台散布着完全不同于主流媒体的思想倾向，甚至把这场选举描绘成是“第二次美国革命”，这一切也帮助刺激了他们的听众在大选当天出来参与投票。
But why was Trump so confident, even in the face of polls showing him many points behind? Keep reading to learn the answer…
#3 He relied on his instinct
Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump was notorious for his disregard of national polls. The polls constantly showed him trailing behind Hillary, but he trusted his instinct. He knew he was winning, largely because he knew the polls were not trustworthy. The polls were generally oversampled to make it seem like Hillary was winning, but in reality they were simply polling more Hillary supporters than Trump supporters. So it was no wonder that the NYT statistics were so off. They were based on fake data, which Trump understood. And unlike Hillary, he didn’t base his message on poll data. Instead…
#4 He made outrageous promises and controversial statements
Complete B.S. That wall will never get built. His supporters don’t really believe it will happen, either. So why did he say it? In short, it was an easy way to get valuable media attention. At the beginning of his campaign, the media was fascinated by his outlandish statements and promises. Compared with the blandness of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and the other Republican candidates, Trump was a shining star. At one point, he even claimed he would ban all Muslims from entering America, but we all know he won’t. This was just an example of when …
#5 He said f*** that to political correctness
The final reason Trump won was that he largely ignored political correctness. America is dangerously close to losing its freedom of speech. Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) constantly berate people online (and in person) for being “racist, sexist, misogynistic, etc.” Trump was all three of them, and he endured an enormous outpouring of rage from liberals triggered by his comments. However, these same words appealed to his base, a “silent majority“ in America who aren’t inherently racist or sexist, yet aren’t comfortable with accepting the progressive’s liberal social agenda. Even during his “grab her pussy” scandal, his voter base stuck with him because they believed this was just “guy talk”, and they saw through the fake liberal outrage portrayed on the mainstream media.
There are many more reasons why Trump won this election. He was facing the most corrupt criminal politician to ever run for President, and with the assistance of Wikileaks, was able to expose her corruption on an almost daily basis.
Most importantly, Trump’s victory exposes huge gaps between voter groups in America. If America is to truly become great again, these groups will have to find ways to cooperate, otherwise our nation is doomed.
What do you think of the election? Do you think America can “become great again“, or is the American experiment going the way of ancient Rome and the British Empire, slowly ceding its power to a rising Asia? Let’s discuss it in the comments!
Have a great day!