November 9, 2016
- The US voters have
decided. Business tycoon and property magnate, one
Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States
after a campaign that was as nasty and dirty as could be
with personal insults flowing freely.
In the end after what looked like a hard
fought and nasty campaign in which no holds were barred,
US voters early this morning made it clear that the new
person they wanted to see at the White House is the
Republican candidate Donald Trump, a man who has never
held elected office nor been in governance.
Former Secretary of State and one-time
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was rejected by voters
who are thought to be white middle class and who felt
let down by Washington. And true to form as the results
rang out and the Democrats lost out in crucial states,
it became obvious that the Hillary Clinton campaign team
would have a task of asking the obvious question - what
went wrong as she is reported to have phoned Donald
Trump conceding defeat.
Thus do we have now a real greenhorn
in politics taking the reins of arguably the world's
most powerful country and the winner Donald Trump in his
victory speech made it clear that he would be the
President of all of America, just as Hillary had
promised. Baffled election watchers are still scratching
their heads, not knowing how it happened, but this was a
protest vote against the Establishment, against people
with close and long links to the White House.
Donald Trump made the right noises
that galvanised US voters as he trumpeted his mantra of
making America Great Again, never mind the fact that he
would not deliver on all his promises. He said what the
people wanted to hear.
gives a pointer as to why Donald Trump won in this
analysis, a part of which states -
"Trump copied and recast Ronald
Reaganís promise to make America great again. In four
words it captured both pessimism and optimism, both fear
The slogan harks back to a supposed
golden age of greatness Ė the 1950s, perhaps, or the
1980s Ė and implies that it has been lost but then
promises to restore it.
It went straight to the gut, unlike
rival Hillary Clintonís website manifesto and more
nuanced proposals. It was an appeal to the heart, not
the head, in a country where patriotism should never be
Chris Matthews, a host on MSNBC, said
ďA lot of this support for Trump, with
all his flaws which he displays regularly, is about the
country Ė patriotic feelings people have, they feel like
the country has been let down. Our elite leaders on
issues like immigration, they donít regulate any
immigration it seems. They donít regulate trade to our
advantage, to the working man or working womanís
advantage. They take us into stupid wars. Their kids
donít fight but our kids do.
ďItís patriotic. They believe in their
country. .... [There is a] deep sense that the country
is being taken away and betrayed. I think that is so
deep with people that theyíre looking at a guy whoís
flawed as hell like Trump and at least itís a way of
saying I am really angry about the way the elite has
treated my country. And itís so deep that it overwhelms
all the bad stuff from Trump. Itís that strong. Itís a
strong force wind.Ē
On the Clinton loss this is what the
BBC's Nick Bryant wrote
"This election, surely the most
extraordinary in American history, was a revolt against
the political establishment. And few people personify
the political establishment more than Hillary Clinton.
During this campaign, for millions of
angry voters, she became the face of America's broken
politics. Donald Trump managed to persuade enough voters
in enough states that he offered a fix. The billionaire
cast himself successfully as the ultimate outsider
against the ultimate insider. He was the protest
candidate. She represented the status quo.
Constantly, Hillary Clinton claimed
that she was the most qualified candidate. Constantly,
she recited her curriculum vitae - her experience as
first lady, a US senator for New York, a secretary of
state. But in this mad-as-hell election, where there was
so much rage and discontent, Donald Trump's supporters
saw experience and qualifications as huge negatives.
So many people I spoke to during this
campaign - especially in the old steel towns of the Rust
Belt - wanted a businessman in the White House rather
than a career politician. Their hatred of Washington was
palpable. So, too, was their hatred of her. It was
I vividly remember talking to a
middle-aged woman in Tennessee, who oozed southern
charm, who could not have been more polite. But when the
subject of Hillary Clinton came up her whole demeanour
Hillary Clinton has long had a trust
problem, which is why the email scandal loomed so large.
She had an authenticity problem. She
was seen as the high priestess of an east coast elite
that looked down, sneeringly, on working people.
The vast riches that the Clintons
accumulated since leaving the White House did not help.
The former first couple were seen not just as limousine
liberals but Lear Jet liberals. Again, their wealth
exacerbated her problems with working class voters, even
though they happily voted for a property tycoon.
In a country where millions more women
vote than men, it was thought that her gender would give
her a major advantage. But what became clear in the
primaries against her rival Bernie Sanders was how hard
she found it to enthuse young women voters especially
about electing the country's first female president, and
shattering the most resilient glass ceiling in global
Many women never warmed to her. Some
remembered what were interpreted as disparaging remarks
made when she was first lady about not wanting to stay
at home making cookies.
When Donald Trump accused her of
enabling her husband's affairs, and of attacking the
women who accused Bill Clinton of molesting them, many
women nodded in agreement.
Hillary Clinton is not a natural
campaigner. Her speeches are often flat and somewhat
robotic. Her sound-bites sound like sound-bites -
prefabricated and, to some ears, insincere.
The re-emergence of the email scandal
was a huge distraction, and meant that she ended her
campaign on a negative message. She struggled always to
neatly encapsulate her vision of America again.
"Stronger together" was never as
snappy as "Make America great again."
Indeed, the Clinton campaign went
through dozens of possible slogans, which spoke of her
difficulties in crafting a message. Her campaign also
made tactical errors. It focused resources and time on
states she didn't need to win, such as North Carolina
and Ohio, rather than spending time shoring up the famed
blue wall, those 18 states that have voted Democrat for
the past six elections.
Mr Trump, with the help of white
working class voters, partly demolished that wall by
taking Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a state that hasn't
gone Republican since 1984. This was not just a
rejection of Hillary Clinton but also a rejection by
half of the country of Barack Obama's America, but that
is a piece for another day."
As the results came in showing a
leaning towards Donald Trump, the markets steeped
downwards, a sign that the utterances of the property
tycoon during his campaign did not inspire confidence in
the way he had promised to handle the money market.
However in his speech while accepting
his new role as the President-elect who would be sworn
in on January 20, Donald Trump sounded reconciliatory, a
far cry from his hate-filled and vitriolic speeches.
This bit we got from
the CNN page -
"I pledge to every citizen of
our land that I will be President for all of Americans,
and this is so important to me. For those who have
chosen not to support me in the past, of which there
were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your
guidance and your help so that we can work together and
unify our great country.
As I've said from the beginning, ours
was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great
movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and
women who love their country and want a better, brighter
future for themselves and for their family.
It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races,
religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect
our government to serve the people -- and serve the
people it will. Working together, we will begin the
urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the
I've spent my entire life in business,
looking at the untapped potential in projects and in
people all over the world.
That is now what I want to do for our
country. Tremendous potential. I've gotten to know our
country so well.
Tremendous potential. It is going to
be a beautiful thing. Every single American will have
the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential.
The forgotten men and women of our
country will be forgotten no longer.
We are going to fix our inner cities
and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports,
We're going to rebuild our
infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to
none. And we will put millions of our people to work as
we rebuild it...We will embark upon a project of
national growth and renewal.
I will harness the creative talents of
our people, and we will call upon the best and brightest
to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of
all. It is going to happen...No dream is too big, no
challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future
is beyond our reach."
Just a reminder. Back then in history
one Adolf Hitler, after the defeat of Germany in the
First Great War campaigned on a platform of making
Germany great again.
Congratulations United States of
America. Congratulations to the loser who would have
become the US' first female President and
congratulations to Donald Trump who started off with no
chance at all but ended occupying the top seat in the
United States of America.
This is democracy at work.