Trump Wins 2016 Election
In what seemed like an uphill political battle, Donald J Trump pulled off probably the biggest upset, defeating long- time politician Hilary Clinton. Trump carried the election with the ability to connect with those who felt they did not have a voice and did it well. From the beginning of his campaign, Trump was seen as a rebel, an outsider, with the intention of “draining the swamp.”
The President- elect began his campaign in a way that only Trump could pull off: descending down a grand escalator in his Trump Tower in New York City. His announcement was full of fear- inducing rhetoric- a speech that would pay off with a population of the country that felt disenfranchised.
“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time.
When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time.
When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
-Donald J Trump
The past few years have been laden with racial tension and fears of terrorism. Many Americans blamed the Obama Administration and their seemingly soft approach to these topics. What many Americans were feeling was “what about me?” Whether true or perceived, a segment of the population- mostly white, lower income men, saw others having opportunities while feeling theirs were slipping away. They were looking for a hero, or a champion, of their opinion that America was becoming unrecognizable. Enter Trump, with his promise to “Make America Great Again.”
The battle began early, and often with the notion that Trump was on the debate stage to stir- the- pot. Often pointing the finger at others and pointing out shortcomings, Trump became unstoppable on the stage for his fellow republican hopefuls. Americans often tuned into the debates to see what he would say next.
Donald J Trump has always been a showman of sorts- from his ornately decorated hotels to his reality TV series. Although he filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990’s and 2000’s, many still see him as a smart, if not strategic, businessman. Many still wonder, however, if his abilities to lead a business are the same abilities needed to run a country.
On the dark side of Trump is his ability to manipulate and use the fears of his followers to move his own self interests. Often times throughout his campaign, his narcissism seemed to overshadow his ability to reason. Trump appeared more concerned about his image and Twitter than the issues. Trump was also guilty of many lies and an infamous tape- recording with an entertainment reporter. Even with fact checkers and protesters, Trump still won the election.
We will continue to watch the Presidency of Donald Trump unfold over the next 4 years. Only time will tell if the leadership qualities possessed by Donald Trump- forceful, brash, devisive- will help heal the wounds of the country and protect the American citizens from harm.