This month many mourned Hillary Clinton’s defeat and the victory of Donald Trump as the next president of the United Sates. All the more remarkable as Trump was overtly portrayed by the majority of the worlds media as a sexist, misogynistic, xenophobic, racist megalomaniac during his campaign to win the White House. All over the world people on the liberal left cried in despair “how did this happen?” and “Well done America, you’ve elected a clown for president.” Well, I don’t think he is a clown, I think his critics are the Jokers, as it was their bigoted attitude towards him and his supporters that made his win possible. He knew that. He built his entire campaign around it.
Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of his win is that Donald Trump is not even a politician. He is, if anything, a successful businessman, reality TV star, and more recently a sort of celebrity. But this is the first of many points his critics are missing. It’s not surprising to me, that such an outsider won the presidential campaign, because people are fed up of a political elite that just isn’t working. Bernie Sanders offered this honest approach, a lifelong independent who funded his campaign with small, independent contributions, deliberately refusing large donors akin to those Clinton depended on.
If Sanders had got the Democrat nomination instead of Clinton, it’s quite possible he’d have beaten Trump. But I also think Donald Trump meant what he said in 1988 – “If I ran for president, I wouldn’t go in to lose. I’ve never gone in to lose in my life.” He’s been waiting for the perfect time to run and he found it. He knew Sanders wouldn’t get the nomination because he knew that the liberal left haven’t got a clue how people really feel in America. Years and years of claiming the moral high ground and shutting down anyone who disagrees has left people bitter and angry. The establishment arrogantly assumed people would vote for Clinton simply because she’s liberal, because she’s a woman, because they say she’s right. How wrong. Most people didn’t vote for Trump because they are sexist, racist or stupid. They voted for him because he isn’t establishment. He knew this.
But first he had to get to the position where it was a two horse race between himself and Clinton. What better way than to embody the large number of Americans who have felt oppressed by the right. He knew people would call him racist and sexist. He knew they would call his supporters that. Did he really believe or mean everything he said? I’m not so sure. I just know that he knew exactly what to say, how to say it and when. One could say this was classic marketing – he created the right impression the people wanted from a new leader and promoted it very well. Which isn’t so surprising when you think about it , given Trump is an incredibly successful businessman?
Instead of attempting to explain why people shouldn’t vote for him and back somebody who offered the same anti-establishment choice but without the divisive social policies, like Sanders, the liberal establishment told the world that he was a bigot. And the media backed them. Unbelievable bias against Trump. Did it work? Yes. It worked in putting him in the White House. I notice BuzzFeed isn’t making as many posts mocking Trump’s hair since he won. They can’t quite believe what has happened either.
Question is, how much of Trump’s honest populist persona is genuine? Will he really build that wall, put Clinton in jail, send all the illegal immigrants away and ban Muslims from entering the country? If he does, hopefully it will send a message to the liberal left to have an intelligent campaign in 2020. An honest campaign. And spend the four intervening years ‘talking to all the people’ and understanding things from ‘all points of view.’ Of course the Trump presidency may be a success. Maybe he will fix the economy, and if he does maybe he’ll win a second term. Who knows, but either way, he’s won. And he knew he would. He’s calculated and intelligent and knows exactly what he is doing.
For as long as I can remember, political manifestos and pre-election campaigns are full of ‘promises’ that are rarely delivered once power is secured. Will a Trump presidency be any different, well we’ll see. But the President of the USA isn’t a dictatorship, the founding fathers of the US Constitution built in many checks and balances to ensure that radical, sweeping change is easier said than done. As inscribed on the US dollar bill “In God We Trust”.
Indeed we do.