Why Trump Won

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Many of my international friends are asking why Trump won. Here is my opinion.

Many of my international friends are asking how Donald Trump won the Presidency. As outsiders, it  is hard for them to understand how a brash real-estate mogul and reality television star is now the President-elect of the United States.

I offer you these five observations. Feel free to add your own.

Trump appealed to a part of the electorate ignored by others.

Many low to middle-class white people have had a tough time over the last thirty years. The lifespan of  white, middle-aged men in the United States has actually dropped as economic uncertainty and a loss of opportunity have created enormous stress in this population. If you have ever filled out a job application in the United States, you will see that you are asked if you are a minority, a protected class, or someone who deserves higher prioritization. White men do not fall into any of these categories. They have enjoyed privilege in the past, but many feel the pundulum has swung to far the other way and they are now under attack.

Trump dispensed with political correctness

Political correctness in the United States is defined as not saying anything that has the remotest possibility of offending someone. Most people do not want to intentionally offend, but political correctness makes a crime out of saying things like: "the beauty star has gotten too fat to walk the runway," or "if you resist arrest from a police officer, you might get shot." The entire Black Lives matter episode played right  into the Trump narrative. To his supporters, this was less an issue of race and more about people not cooperating with law enforcement. Most Americans are taught that  when a police office asks you to do something, you do it. If you don't, you could get shot.

Many found Trump's straight talk and lack of political correctness refreshing.

Trump had a message

Trump created a slogan and pulled his supporters together - Make America Great Again? It harkened back to a better time for many white Americans for when jobs were more plentiful, globalization didn't exist, and political correctness didn't rule the land.

Many men and women couldn't stand the Clintons.

This point is not to be undereestimated. Many people just couldn't stomach another four years with the Clintons in the White House. Women especially faulted Hillary for staying with her cheating husband. Many would ask: "what kind of strong woman stays with a man who cheats  on her?" She lost a lot of respect with the female vote. Trump may have offended by what he said, but Hillary offended by what she didn't do - leave her man.

People were also sick of the Clinton controversies. Bin Ghazi, emails, the Clinton foundation, etc. etc. They couldn't take hearing more of it.

Trump was unscripted

This goes along a bit with the politically correct point. But Trump presented himself as who he was, unscripted. He ad libbed and made things up. He sounded more  genuine as opposed to a politician who spoke off a set of talking points.

Trump represented change

Americans like change. A Democrat has been President for the last eight years. It's very hard for the same party to hold the White House for twelve straight years. Look at Al Gore. Trump was the change candidate and he presented ideas, that although controversial (deport illegals, build a wall on the Mexican border, keep out refugees from Syria, rip up trade agreements, etc.) represented a change in policy. For those not happy or tired with the status quo, then this is appealing, no matter what the change.

These are some of my observations. Feel free to add any ones that you think also contributed to his victory.


Submitted: November 09, 2016

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Oleg Roschin

Spot on! It's so refreshing to read an objective, clear analysis after all those hysterical "oh my god, how could this happen?!".

Thu, November 10th, 2016 6:40am


Thank you.

Sun, December 4th, 2016 2:07pm


So are you for Trump?

White people feel the pendulum has swung too far the other way… so beat minorities back down by beating us in the polls? No thanks.

Lacking political correctness is refreshing to them… but to me it brands him off the bat “Not presidential material.” If he wouldn’t pass a job interview because he’s so offensive and downright rude, violating anti-discrimination laws, then why is he the president?

Clinton's marriage status has nothing to do with this and Hillary and Bill’s sex lives have nothing to do with their abilities as president. What does indicate she’d be more qualified though is that she’s actually worked in politics and government as senator, secretary of state, and has legislative experience.

Bill Clinton was president and the world didn’t explode. In fact, the economy expanded with him in office until Bush came into the picture and the economy weakened again. Many sources talk about Bill Clinton’s accomplishments as president while Bush is an utter failure (and with your talk of “one party can’t hold office for more than 8 years,” that’s a pretty awful idea isn’t it? Someone who gets the title of "worst president ever," and for Trump: “We’re fucked” getting a turn? I’d rather not…).

If we’re talking about economical improvement, then why not elect Hillary? I’ve never heard anyone say Hillary shouldn’t be in office because her husband cheats on her. But they do talk a lot about emails, which I think we all delete. It’s weird not to delete your emails. The FBI found nothing conclusive about them. I tried looking up what these found and leaked emails were about and she had written something about a fruit basket… Obviously, every last one of the people working with her in the white house would give her a second pair of eyes while she used her cell phone.

The part where she lies is like a fraction of a particle offensive when we all hear that politicians are liars. She’s never been a racist misogynist Islamophobe who scares entire groups of people based on their religion and their race.

I’ve heard nothing about Trump’s plans… why is that? And why would people vote for a person who’s notorious for being an offensive idiot? The reasons you wrote about are nothing.

They couldn’t stomach hearing about these little things related to the Clintons? At least Hillary didn’t say she would have sex with her own daughter. At least Hillary isn’t accused of sexually assaulting. There’s a billion other things that Trump did wrong that I’m sick of hearing. That doesn’t mean elect the other nominated person just to not hear about it. If you don’t want to hear it then walk away from the computer.

“Trump was unscripted.” I can see how this gets him props from his fans, but there are a ton of ways he should have played by the book. The president writes a speech and speaks at a podium because that’s what we do in school to learn how to speak tactfully because we’re educated. All I see is a big orange orangutan who can barely construct a sensible sentence.

In summary, half of Americans are fucking stupid. The only reason Trump should have been elected is if all these people just want to see the world burn.

So along with his fake horrible tan, his fans talking about his “victory” are half of America, represented in red on the map of the election results… Surprisingly, half of America are rednecks voting for someone that won’t affect them because they don’t care about anyone other than themselves, while Trump sends out border patrol and even more police to racially profile.

You also forgot the part where people just want a white man in office because of ingrained sexism. Some of them would deny it but even if someone does do a good job of coming off as “not sexist,” ingrained sexism is alive and rampant. She lost to a complete buffoon—that should be evidence enough.

Fri, November 11th, 2016 9:13am


I don't think you understand the point of the article.

Sun, December 4th, 2016 2:07pm

Nicola Macbeth

I really enjoyed reading these points, as someone from the UK, I have asked this question. And as much as I think he is just awful and the changes he wants to make are inhumane, it's interesting to read the possible reasons why Americans voted for him.

Fri, January 27th, 2017 10:17am


Yes, I think it's important for people to realize there are real reasons why people voted for Trump. As someone from the UK, I would liken it to the Brexit vote. In fact, I suspected Trump would win after the Brexit supporters came out on top. A lot of people have been alienated by globalization and the politicians did a poor job of helping people come to terms with a changing world.

Sat, January 28th, 2017 11:40am

ME Pesant

I think Trump is the pits, but certainly agree with the reasons you've provided for his victory. I'll add a couple: 1) Not having held office before, he had carte blanche to endorse popular policies and criticize unpopular ones. Most candidates have to run with the baggage of their political parties, e.g. no Republican (save maybe Ron or Rand Paul) could have stood on a debate stage and bashed their opponent for voting to authorize the Iraq war. 2) The Comey letter. I think Trump engaged and energized a section of either previously Democrat or nonvoting part of the population, through many of the strategies you discuss above. However, some of those same things turned off a lot of establishment/moderate/suburban Republicans, and Clinton ran a campaign trying to capture them by pointing out Trump's unsavory statements as often as possible. This was a tall order, because as you point out, Republicans have been hating Clintons for 30 years, but by all accounts it seemed to be working until the Comey letter came out (you can check out some of the polling here.) I think that letter gave establishment Republicans cover, including a number of GOP congressmen who'd been Never Trumper but warmed at the very end, like Paul Ryan.

Tue, February 14th, 2017 9:00pm


Good points. Thanks for adding them.

Wed, February 15th, 2017 7:38am

C.A. Exline

Nailed it.

Thu, June 1st, 2017 4:04pm


Thanks for the comment.

Sun, June 4th, 2017 6:32am


In reply to your last comment:

I asked my initial question for that reason.

Thu, August 10th, 2017 4:32am

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