How the world was Trumped

It is impossible to explain why Donald Trump was elected the new US president with just one sentence. The average person might assume that he got more votes; yet he did not. In fact, he received approximately 2.8 million less votes than Hilary Clinton. Whilst this may be the case, he did win the most States in the Electoral College system. This system delivered him the 45th presidency of the United States of America, even after bookmakers gave him four to one odds on the morning of the election. Whilst unexpected, this result wasn’t the first major political upset in recent times. The United Kingdom recently voted to leave the European Union; a result that was deemed unfathomable by most commentators. So why did Brexit happen? Major factors included tension caused by the European immigrant crisis, a perceived threat of terrorism, assimilation problems in the North of England and the appeal of radical change. Supporters of Brexit were sick of being lectured by the establishment and were desperate for change. They also finally felt like someone from the political class was listening to them. The biggest driver of this movement was the UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party). Just a few years prior, the UKIP party obtained its first seat in the House of Commons, where a charismatic ex-businessman turned politician, Nigel Farage, led with deep patriotic passion. He expressed strong views throughout the Brexit campaign with particular focus on border control, nationalism, danger of radical Islam, and bringing back manufacturing jobs. Trump and Farage rode the same wave of anti-establishment momentum, slowly but surely turning it into a tsunami. rtx2mxp6-e1478666756265Farage even spoke at several Trump rallies pronouncing the Brexit result proved that the seemingly impossible was now possible. Adding to the momentum, Trump’s celebrity status was able to get massive amounts of publicity; he couldn’t go a day without being in a headline. People no longer cared that he was a billionaire. People cared more about the fact that he was an outsider; an outsider who was going to bring down the establishment the same way Brexit did. Although not many people publicly stated they were voting for Trump, the ballot box provided anonymity for the ‘silent majority’. It must be understood though that Trump didn’t win without the help of the left. At the beginning of the Obama administration in 2009, democrats controlled 20 states. By the end of his presidency it was down to just 8 states of total control. Not only that, Hilary Clinton caused controversy with her foundation scandals, her position of Secretary of State before the Iraq war and her deals in Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement) and the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). Trump took advantage of these unpopular deals, saying they were ‘bad deals’, and the ‘worst deals in history’. Clinton also didn’t do her campaign any favours when she turned her back on electing Bernie Sanders as her Vice President. For many, this was a pivotal moment as it showed she truly was only for the establishment and not for the Sanders socialist movement. Another big moment in the election was the timing of the FBI’s investigation into Hilary’s email scandal. Just one week out from the general election, voters were reminded of the distrustfulness of ‘crooked Hilary’. With these issues in mind, history tells us that the world can’t stay ‘left’ or ‘right’ forever. With eight years of democrats one might say we were due for change; a change that did occur; a change that trumped us all.

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