Soul-searching Over A Trump Win

Trump’s win should be looked upon as a moment to reflect on for the Democrats, about what Americans really want from a presidency, once the disappointment of losing washes away

Having rooted for Hillary Clinton to win and a Democrat victory at the elections, in the aftermath of a GOP win helmed by Donald Trump instead, I feel that it is a time for soul-searching. Although, Trump’s win has been characterized in the media as a disappointment, global reception amongst numerous heads of state was positive. It charted the dawn of a new era, where the white working classes, often feeling neglected by Clinton’s campaign, pre-elections, chose to vote for a more non-liberal candidate than before.

Naturally, the reception amongst Clinton supporters have been nothing less than a mix of fury and a preaching of the necessity of forgiveness, when things don’t turn out the way they had hoped. But amidst all of the understandable grief and catchy euphoria, questions are inescapable – it all boils down to why Trump over Clinton? These Americans, men and women, with their backgrounds of having never graduated from college, preferred Trump because at the end of the day, the campaign on the other side also needed to be sharper: for a start, Trump’s thoughts on the Iraq war must have been comforting to voters because what the war did was grossly undermine the values of lives of soldiers from the working class bracket.

It’s also tough to emotionally connect with an image of Hillary Clinton constantly portraying Democratic values because it doesn’t really address any real issues out there affecting Americans. And this is on top of Clinton pronouncing a push for very little change in the Rust Belt, which as a region is already known as a bit of a decaying pothole. Furthermore, there is the Democrats’ record in office for eight years – what has it meant for foreign policy and it’s relation with war? I think it was more of a missed opportunity because what these wars have done instead is devastate states, such as Afghanistan and Ukraine.

One interesting face of this loss was that white women who abstained from voting for Hillary did so because national culture and class topics were of a greater importance to them than just going out there like fools and voting for a woman to be the first female President of the United States of America. The sexism associated with Trump did not deter female voters – instead, Trump was given a fair enough ground to compete in, and it’s safe to say Hillary’s breeding ground for votes last season amongst American women, were overwhelmingly in the young women bracket, aged 18 to 29.

What was truly shocking though was how forecasts by the media got proven incorrect because before the 2016 elections, Donald Trump was largely projected to lose. It was personally a moment of joy when Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton because that means that more Americans voted for Hillary, instead of Trump. However, the victory still surged towards the GOP’s direction because the party had claimed most states – a 304 to 227. So, what’s a Trump win been like ever since last November?

So far, Trump has been signing orders to overhaul rules governing national carbon emissions, promising work for coal miners and also rewarding big corporations if they choose to remain in the United States, which are the good sides of the leadership. But the ugly (and controversial) side isn’t far off: Trump also cut off the possibility of non-government support to NGOs in foreign shores, for all kinds of abortion services and he is still pressing for the building of a Mexican border wall to deter local immigration into the country, and it’s concerning how Mexico’s image is coming across at the moment globally, due to uncontrolled levels of illegal activities, from migration to smuggling.

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