From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy, I didn’t write him off. I took him seriously, and I saw a path for him and his supporters. I have a few reasons why.
Going into Tuesday night, (nearly) all the pollsters were predicting a Hillary Clinton victory — no questions asked.
Well, they were wrong. Dead wrong. Here’s why.
Trump supporters were silenced throughout the election by celebrities, the media, and the political establishment. It started with “How could you take Trump seriously?” to “How could anyone vote for Trump? You’re endorsing hatred in all its forms….something…something….Satan.”
The pinnacle being the Access Hollywood tapes that aired 24/7 in their unedited forms on CNN until America couldn’t stomach it anymore. Ironically they never gave the same attention to Hillary’s mishandling of classified information or leaving Americans out to die in Benghazi, then falsely blaming it on a YouTube video to distract people form the real story — I guess sex sells.
When pollsters asked Americans who they’re voting for, much like if the barista at Starbucks asked you, “What’s your name and who’re you voting for?” You might respond with a fake name that’s easy to spell and a candidate that doesn’t raise any eyebrows — which might’ve simply been “Oh, I’m not voting.”
Something else was happening. Trump was building coalitions with voting blocks that hadn’t voted Republican before — believe it or not, labor unions, Hispanics, blacks, etc..
Meanwhile, Trump supporters were being lambasted by the media elites, the Clinton machine, and the political establishment, and it would all be fine and dandy if it was just Trump as the subject of the attacks — but it wasn’t — these were everyday, hardworking Americans.
Hillary Clinton referred to them as a “basket of deplorables,” “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.”
Several celebrities threatened to move to Canada or elsewhere, should America elect Trump. Still hoping at least one of them stays true to their word. Fingers crossed!
The media tried to paint Trump supporters as being uneducated white male supremacists who hate Muslims, Mexicans and black people.
Clinton’s campaign and the media constantly used Trump quotes out of context, saying Trump thinks all Mexicans are rapists and criminals. Here’s one example of what he actually said:
When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably— probably— from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
Americans in what the elites call “fly over country” were living with all the problems Trump spoke to: illegal immigration, rising cost of ObamaCare, rising national debt, red tape for small businesses, attacks on religious liberty, and a lack of excellence in education from Common Core, just to name a few.
So the pollsters looked at numbers and data, but never actually listened to the voice of the people. Which might be part of their job description, or former job description, given how poorly they performed.
But against all odds, Trump supporters walked into the voting booth on Election Day and let their voice be heard, possibly for the first time during the election season, with a single, secret vote.
The media, the Obama-Clinton machine, and the political establishment may have succeeded in making Donald Trump into a cultural no-no, but this was one culture war that the right won, some without ever saying a word.