Defying the predictions of nearly all so-called experts in the mainstream media and even within his own party, Republican Donald J Trump scored a historic victory over Democratic Party candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by capturing the Presidency in Tuesdays election. His monumental upset not only secures unprecedented national power for the GOP but presents the Real Estate mogul a unique opportunity to lead America into a post-partisan era and heal divisions of a nation more divided than at time since the end of the Civil War.
At around 3am EST the major media outlets reluctantly called Pennsylvania for Mr. Trump and awarding him their 20 Electoral Votes, the nation paused for a moment of surreal reflection as the candidate once mocked by Republican and Democrats made his way to the podium to give his first address as President-Elect of the United States and promised to lead the nation and serve the interests of all Americans.
“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country. Tremendous potential. I’ve gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It is going to be a beautiful thing. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential.”
By securing 290 of the required 270 Electoral Votes (Michigan has yet to be officially called, although it appears to leaning Trump’s way which would leave him at 306 votes), the businessman will become only the sixth man ever to capture the Presidency despite never having previously been elected to public office. Republican Dwight Eisenhower was the latest to accomplish this rare feat. President-Elect Trump will enter office with his Republican Party not only holding onto its majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives, but with unprecedented majorities among State Legislatures and number of Governors providing he and the GOP an opportunity to set the nations direction well into the next generation.
For Democrats, Tuesdays results should provide a sobering dose of realism for a party long-trending into dangerous waters in due part to their own hubris and denial of the changing tide of the political winds not only in America but across the globe. Much of their electoral strategy was vested in convincing the American people that Trump and much of the Republican Party was motivated by racism & xenophobia, a strategy that proved a failure during mid-term elections in 2010 & 2014.
In a year when a desire for change was the leading motivator of the electorate, the Democrats chose to nominate a woman deeply embedded in the DC establishment and was largely regarded as a functionary of the Goldman Sachs class of Wall Street and who during her tenure at the State Department continued the failed nation-building direction of the Bush Doctrine by fomenting revolutions in Libya, Egypt and Syria. Her failure to articulate a cohesive direction for the country and relied heavily on anti-Trump rhetoric caused a number of loyal Democratic voters to either switch to Mr. Trump or skip the election entirely.
Democrats began this election season with dreams of capturing not just the White House but riding a pro-Hillary wave and favorable map that would return Democrats to power in the Senate and potentially the House as well. As results began to show lowered turn out in Democrat strongholds and a surging count for Trump, these hopes were forever dashed and liberals were left to face the reality of nationwide repudiation of their message. Time will tell if the message will resonate with party leaders or if they will cling to the hopes of division by way of accusation will return them to a competitive level with a victorious GOP.
But the evening belonged to Mr. Trump and his band of “Deplorables” who stood tall in the face of relentless character attacks and insinuations that they possessed motives of dubious intent. In addition to capturing the votes of many blue-collar white Americas, the President-Elect garnered nearly 30 percent of the Latino vote and a higher percentage of black voters than either John McCain or Mitt Romney secured in their electoral contests with President Barack Obama.
As Republicans across the country, their joy could only have been heightened by the utter and in many cases petulance displayed by leading Democrats and liberal allies in the media. This was exemplified by Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to address her supporters and deliver a public concession and rather, in tactless fashion, sending campaign Chairman and subject of numerous WikiLeaks revelations John Podesta to instruct their ground-troops to go home for the evening and await further word.
In the days and weeks to come will undoubtedly dissect the results of Tuesday’s historic election to come up with answers to suit our various political narratives but in the end results are all that matter. As Donald J. Trump begins to prepare his transition team and strategy a nation beleaguered by eight years of stagnant growth and internal division looks to his leadership with sincere hope that his call to Make America Great Again comes to fruition and begets an era of peace and prosperity for the worlds most powerful country.
Commentary by Paul M Winters
Managing Editor of Dignitas News Service