RALEIGH, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 — Businessman Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. After besting 16 Republican primary competitors, he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a race that sent shock waves throughout the world.
The voters sent a collective f-bomb to the media elites, Hollywood celebrities, and academic intelligentsia. Clinton desperately wanted the race to be about personalities. Trump understood what former President Bill Clinton grasped in 1992: It’s the economy, stupid.
The election was a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama’s progressive agenda. Throughout his presidency, votes have liked him personally but disliked his main policy items. While Obama was able to rely on his personal charm to get himself reelected in 2012, his record was radioactive to all other Democrats. The Affordable Care Act in particular was an albatross around the necks of Democrats nationwide.
The election was a bitter pill for Mrs. Clinton to swallow. She now joins a long line of people from William Jennings to Bob Dole who came close but never captured the ultimate political prize.
While Trump faced several scandals during the campaign, this was negated by Hillary Clinton herself. Voters were angry at government corruption and the entire system. Clinton is a lifelong government employees who was part of the very system voters want replaced.
Trump’s rhetoric on hot-button social issues nearly cost him reliably Republican states like Arizona. However, his tough talk on trade allowed him to win Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Democrats had won for decades.
Trump also has a Republican House and Senate. Talk of Democrats taking over was a head fake. Incumbent Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin won comfortably. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey survived a scare as well.
President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence had to wait until nearly 3:00 a.m. in New York to speak to cheering crowds. Hillary Clinton took heat during the campaign for abandoning the four Benghazi victims at the same time. Poetic justice?
In an eerie repeat, she left her own dejected supporters in the lurch as well. She refused to address them, instead sending campaign manager John Podesta out to declare the continuation of the fight. An hour or so later, she meekly surrendered to Trump over the telephone.
Rumors of national riots if Trump won the election did not materialized. Black Lives Matter barked, but did not bite.
As for Clinton, she will most likely never face consequences for the many crimes she is accused of regarding her illegal server and destruction of emails. Trump made sure she faced judgment day in the court of public opinion.
While President Obama is expected to issue a rash of executive orders in his final ten weeks in office, President-Elect Trump can reverse every single one of them on his first day.
For now, Brexit has come to America. People demanded change, and the change candidate defeated the status quo candidate. There will be plenty of time to analyze what Trump did right and Clinton did wrong. Sometimes the simplest answer makes the most sense. People were angry. Trump listened to them. Clinton dismissed them.
She spoke of climate change while he reached out to coal miners. She vowed to fix Obamacare while he vowed to repeal and replace it. She wanted to spend trillions more dollars in the name of investment. He wanted to rein in the national debt. She hung out with Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Beyonce. All Donald Trump had backing him were millions of normal Americans begging for a better life.
After nearly two years of braggadocio, even Trump himself seemed amazed at what he had accomplished. His remarks were humble and unifying and now Trump has the chance to make good on his promises.
On November 8, 2016, the American people told Trump, “You’re hired.” On January 20, 2017, the people will demand he immediately get to work fixing things.