My immediate thoughts and reactions to Donald Trump’s impressive victory:
Voters Rejected Both The Republican and Democratic Parties
Donald Trump’s historic victory last night was a stunning rebuke of both the republican and democratic parties. Trump was opposed by the GOP party elite, while Hillary struggled mightily in the primary against an opponent who was not even a democrat. For the past several years I have stated that the biggest political threat facing America today is the growing disconnect which exists between the American people and their elected officials. Tuesday we saw the American voter reject both political parties because they feel their needs are not being represented. Bottom line: The future of both political parties is now up for grabs.
So much for the media narrative that Trump was going to hurt the down ticket. Republicans held onto their leads in both the House and Senate while picking up seats in Governor’s races. It reminds me of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah’s victory in Israel and of course the Brexit vote in the UK. In all three instances the elite media and the pollsters got it all wrong. In all three instances the elite media allowed their personal biases to interfere with their professional reporting. Speaking of pollsters, could professional pollsters have gotten any bigger of a black eye Tuesday night? Trump was right when he questioned the integrity of the polling results late in the campaign.
The Nation, The World Is Watching
Trump gave a great, humble, conciliatory victory speech early Wednesday morning. Now the nation, the world will be looking for more of that same tone in the immediate future after a bizarre, polarizing, divisive campaign.
Ditto for the president and Mrs. Clinton. Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton gave very gracious concession speeches Wednesday afternoon. It was needed to help our divided nation begin to heal and by their deeply depressed supporters. In fact, I don’t recall ever seeing a group of voters more depressed the morning after as in this election.
Where Do We Go From Here?
As mentioned above the nation and world will be closely watching the tone of Donald Trump. Will it be humble and inclusive or combative and exclusive? I’m expecting a different Donald Trump than we saw during the campaign. A more humble, inclusive Trump like we saw in his victory speech. Also it’s been said of Trump by his supporters, that if elected, he will surround himself with high quality advisors. Now it’s time to watch.
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