Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Message Of Donald Trump's Stunning Victory

Election 2016: To say that Donald Trump's decisive election victory is a stunning development is the understatement of the century. This election makes Truman's surprise win over Dewey look positively pedestrian. The repercussions are enormous, but so are the opportunities.
First and foremost, Trump's victory is a thunderous rebuke to the legions of pundits and armies of pollsters who said it couldn't happen, and the mainstream press that declared all-out war on his candidacy. In the days leading up the election, every poll except the IBD/TIPP tracking poll showed Hillary Clinton winning by a wide margin in a four-way race. Newspapers declared that Trump's chances were minimal, if not impossible, while running wall-to-wall hit pieces on Trump. Pundits acted as though the election was over.

Their blindness had more to do with ideological and cultural biases than anything else. They simply could not or would not see the suffering that eight years of President Obama's failed economic policies had wrought. We can hear these "experts" now. "How could Trump possibly have won? Nobody I knew voted for him!"
Trump's win is also a gigantic thumb in the eye of a political establishment that has grown too insular, too corrupt and far too removed from the needs of the people they are supposed to serve. The Washington establishment abhorred a Trump presidency not so much because of his temperament, but because of the real risk he posed to their cozy taxpayer-supported way of life. It is also a direct repudiation of President Obama, who campaigned fiercely for Hillary and made her victory a testament to his presidency.
And, if nothing else, Trump has finally, mercifully pulled the plug on the long unseemly, corrupt Clinton machine that has for too long tainted the political process. Good riddance to them and their hangers-on.
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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