In a stunning repudiation of the so-called political establishment, a 70-year old real estate billionaire tycoon turned reality TV star with exactly no prior experience in politics concluded his first-ever political campaign by winning the highest political office in the world last night.
It is nothing less than seismic.
Late polls showed Hillary Clinton with a small but steady lead going into to Tuesday’s voting. The electoral map showed a narrow — to the point of impossible — path to victory for Donald Trump.
Every major news outlet – including FOX News – went into Tuesday predicting a Hillary Clinton victory.
The Democrats woke up Tuesday morning confident of not only a Clinton victory, but confident also of regaining control of the United States Senate.
And then the peasants spoke.
Feeling as though they have been dismissed, ridiculed, looked down upon, taken for granted and exploited by an out-of-touch ruling class for a generation, middle class and working class voters across the country gave the middle finger to the political establishment.
In an instant, more than 30 years of the passing around of the three highest offices in the country between the Bushes and the Clintons came to an end. All of a sudden, the much vaunted and much feared Clinton political machine seized and the status quo of the past 20 years got obliterated.
Enough with globalism. Enough with political correctness. Enough with Ivy League experts. Enough with corrupt big banks that follow bringing ruin to the American economy by opening accounts for customers without their knowledge or consent. Enough with being talked down to by a media industry dominated by secular liberals. Enough with a government that meddles in the lives of ordinary Americans right down to the restrooms they use.
The elites of both parties and the elites of the national media have been smacked down. A quick scan of the New York Times home page tells the tale. “A heedless desire for change puts America on the precipice,” says one headline. “If the question is when will markets recover, a first-pass answer is, never,” reads the lead of a Paul Krugman editorial.
The polls got it wrong. The pundits got it wrong. The leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties got it wrong.
By Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the American people had had it up to here with shrinking household incomes, shrinking job opportunities, rising debt, sluggish to non-existent economic growth, out-of-control health care costs, regulation piled upon regulation and the growing likelihood that their children would become the first-ever American generation to not do as well as their parents.
And the peasants spoke.
Donald Trump now faces the daunting task of cobbling together policy that will deliver on the explicit and implicit promises of his campaign. Some Democrats and Republicans are already saying that he will fail.
But so they said of Donald Trump’s candidacy. And look where that ended up.