Why Donald Trump Won: Decade-Long Struggle of the Democratic Party with White Voters, and Other Unexplainable Factors

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series United States Presidential Election of 2016

I, like most others, thought that Hillary Clinton will defeat Donald J. Trump with a comfortable margin on election night.

I was clearly wrong, but before getting into the why, permit me to start with what I got right.

In the footnote to my pre-election perspective, I noted how the conventional wisdom focusing on the Democratic Party’s advantage in the changing demographics of America is an incomplete story because of the party’s loss of the white vote.

I thought a good way to start the discussion in this post was to revisit the four states I mentioned in that earlier post–West Virginia, Missouri, Montana and South Dakota, all of which have a predominantly white electorate yet are outside of the South–and see how Hillary Clinton ended up performing there.

 

Donald Trump’s Election Requires All of Us to Listen, and Have Faith in the U.S. System of Government

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series United States Presidential Election of 2016

Donald J. Trump is president-elect.

Much like me, you are probably stunned with this statement and are still unable to comprehend how this is so.

One thing is for certain, though. What you witnessed last night was fury in ways previously unseen.

Consider: only 37% of the voters believed that Donald Trump was qualified for the presidency and only 34 % believed that he had the temperament for the office. This is a stunning statistic. In effect, many voters said they knew Donald Trump wasn’t fit for the office of the most powerful man in the world–and they didn’t care.

This can only be called a “scorched earth” philosophy of voting: just throw a grenade into Washington, D.C. and see what happens, results be damned. People were that angry with the status quo.

 

No, I’m Not Voting for Trump, but I Get the Message

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series United States Presidential Election of 2016

But if you are dismissing the entire Donald Trump phenomenon as merely a movement by racist, xenophobic, sexist white Americans, you are part of what has created the problem.

If you take issues with this, consider: how would you describe a person who goes to church every week, is not troubled by prayer in public schools, owns a gun, believes abortion should not be readily available and gives credence to intelligent design?

 

Principles Do Matter, Which is Why Mitt Romney is So Offensive

When I bemoan Romney’s lack of principles to my Republican friends, the response that I always received was “so are all politicians.”

Actually, no.

I have interned at congressional district offices and volunteered for multiple electoral campaigns. Through these experiences, I have come across numerous politicians across different aisles, of various inclinations with different interests and personalities, in both Japan and the United States. From the perspective of policy, I agree with many and disagree with some, but almost universally, I have come to respect politicians for their sense of public service.

 
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