On Tuesday night, against the odds, against the weight and wealth of the Clinton/Obama/union attack machine, against the predictions of every pollster in the United States, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. And it wasn’t even close in the electoral college. Here are the key takeaways.
1. Trump Totally Outperformed Romney & Hillary Totally Underperformed Obama. Trump won and Hillary lost many states Obama won and Romney lost in 2012: Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and he may win Michigan. This may be due, in part, to Trump’s emphasis on NAFTA, manufacturing jobs, outsourcing, “sticking it” to countries that cheat on trade, etc. When the exit polls are analyzed, it will likely show that Trump brought back into the GOP tent millions of “Reagan Democrats” of yesterday, blue collar Americans whose economic aspirations don’t align with the progressive sentiments of the coastal elites who run the Democratic party.
2. America Didn’t Want 4 More Years of Obama. Hillary can blame her loss on whatever she wants, but the chief culprit may be her intended continuity: keeping Obamacare; pursuing immigration amnesty; destroying the economy to address “climate change;” increased use of executive orders; appointing liberal judges to the Supreme Court; increasing refugees from failed Muslim states; higher taxes and more regulations. Americans saw this and said, “We’re not with her.”
3. History Can Wait (for Hillary, Thanks to her Scandals). We won’t know this for a few days, but it’s likely that average Americans, those who don’t obsessively read Politico and memorize the RealClearPolitics daily polling average, were swayed by the endless litany of scandals: from Benghazi, to the Clinton Foundation, to her emails, to say nothing of her and Bill’s scandals from the 1990s. Trump had no greater friend in the closing weeks than Wikileaks.... Read More on Daily Wire
Garrett Fahy is an attorney in Orange County, California. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org