Why Trump won

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: IT WAS pre­dictable that most of the opin­ion and commentary col­umns in the Sun­day Gleaner dated Novem­ber 13 would be awash with anti-Trump views. It was a re­lief, there­fore, to find some se­ri­ous anal­y­sis and com­mon sense in Daniel Th­waites’ col­umn. He iden­ti­fied what are, almost cer­tainly, the two most im­por­tant fac­tors in Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory.

First, when states that typ­i­cally vote Demo­cratic, such as Michi­gan, Wis­con­sin and Penn­syl­va­nia, voted Repub­li­can, it seemed clear that mil­lions of vot­ers who were find­ing it hard to make ends meet de­cided to give Trump, who was promis­ing to bring well-pay­ing jobs back to the United States, a chance. Af­ter all, as Trump might say, ‘What the hell had they got to lose?’ They cer­tainly were not hear­ing any­thing en­cour­ag­ing from Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Se­cond, Hil­lary Clin­ton was foisted on Demo­cratic sup­port­ers by the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee (DNC). Her main chal­lenger, Bernie Sanders, had been com­plain­ing from the start that the sys­tem of su­per del­e­gates had been de­signed to guar­an­tee a win for Clin­ton in the race for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion. Ev­i­dence later emerged that the DNC, which is sup­posed to be neu­tral, had been work­ing hard to help Clin­ton. Clin­ton was ob­vi­ously a weak can­di­date, weighed down by the furore over her use of a pri­vate server on which to con­duct State De­part­ment busi­ness, made worse by her re­peated ly­ing as she at­tempted to min­imise the prob­lem. Hav­ing her foisted on them clearly turned off many Demo­cratic sup­port­ers who just couldn’t bring them­selves to ig­nore her short­com­ings.

STRANGE MIX OF OPIN­IONS

While Daniel Th­waites is clearly no sup­porter of Trump, he at­tempted a se­ri­ous anal­y­sis of Trump’s vic­tory. In con­trast, the rest of the col­umns were a strange mix­ture.

Cooper’s col­umn was ba­si­cally just a wail of an­guish for her beloved Hil­lary, whom she de­scribes as “an ex­traor­di­nar­ily ac­com­plished fe­male pub­lic

ser­vant”. No men­tion of the pri­vate server here.

Ron­ald Ma­son seems to think that the sky is fall­ing. His over­all con­clu­sion is that the United States does not need a place of promi­nence in Ja­maica’s af­fairs. Try telling that to the ho­tel sec­tor!

Ian Boyne is con­vinced that a per­fect storm re­sulted in Hur­ri­cane Trump, the most dis­as­trous to ever hit the United States. And Trump hasn’t even been sworn in yet!

Hope­fully, over the next few weeks, the anger and panic will sub­side and as Trump’s pres­i­dency gets un­der way, the re­port­ing will be­come less emo­tional and more an­a­lyt­i­cal. BRIAN salerustler365@ya­hoo.com

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