How Trump won elec­tion

He de­fied the pun­dits, the lib­er­als, the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment and the Repub­li­can Party, every­one who said Amer­i­cans would never vote for an out­sider so brash, reck­less and of­fen­sive to im­mi­grants, mi­nori­ties, Mus­lims, Mex­i­cans and women

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The Simp­sons Amer­i­can TV show got it right 16 years ago: Ty­coon and TV re­al­ity star Don­ald Trump would be US Pres­i­dent, the most pow­er­ful man in the world.

Back then it was a warn­ing and a joke.

Eigh­teen months ago many peo­ple world­wide also thought it was a joke and The Don­ald wouldn’t run. It was no laugh­ing mat­ter. He ran. They said he wouldn’t climb in the poll. He did. They said he couldn’t win pri­maries. He did..

They said he wouldn’t win the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion. He did.

Fi­nally, they said there was no way he could com­pete in, let alone win, a gen­eral elec­tion.

He stormed to vic­tory yes­ter­day in a nar­row but stun­ning up­set.

Now he’s Pres­i­dent-elect Trump, due to be­come the 45th leader of the world’s most pow­er­ful coun­try.

Trump de­fied the pun­dits, the lib­er­als, the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment and the Repub­li­can Party. He de­fied every­one who said Amer­i­cans would never vote for some­one so brash, reck­less and of­fen­sive to im­mi­grants, mi­nori­ties, Mus­lims, Mex­i­cans, women could never win.

But Trump spoke — more ac­cu­rately he ranted — to a deep vein of dis­con­tent in Amer­ica, which still has not re­cov­ered from the re­ces­sion, still suf­fers se­ri­ous un­em­ploy­ment and says the elite and the es­tab­lish­ment — per­son­i­fied by his Demo­cratic op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton — have dumped them.

Trump prom­ises to re­build the Amer­i­can Dream, make Amer­ica great, cre­ate jobs and bring to­gether a na­tion bit­terly di­vided by the ugli­est cam­paign in mem­ory.

Yes­ter­day, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta was among world lead­ers who con­grat­u­lated Trump and praised Clin­ton for her valiant ef­fort.

“The ties that bind Kenya and the USA are close and strong. They are old, and based in val­ues we hold dear: democ­racy, the rule of law, the equal­ity of peo­ples. These val­ues re­main dear to the peo­ples of both na­tions, and so our friend­ship will en­dure,” Keny­atta said.

Trump said vir­tu­ally noth­ing about Africa dur­ing the cam­paign but ful­mi­nated against Is­lamic ex­trem­ists.

His vic­tory was seen in many quar­ters as a threat to global growth be­cause the renegade mogul promised to tear up and rene­go­ti­ate trade deals, im­pose high im­port tar­iffs. He stirred fears of a cur­rency war with China, which he said had “raped” Amer­ica.

“He was a phe­nom­e­non that many peo­ple made a mis­take of writ­ing off. As an out­sider, they as­sumed he was a joke but, one thing, the man struck a strong chord with his vot­ers,” said his­tory Pro­fes­sor Macharia Munene at USIU Africa in Nairobi.

“He spoke to the hearts of many Amer­i­cans who wanted a strong leader who will not only pro­tect them but would also en­sure Amer­ica re­mains a su­per power,” Pro­fes­sor Munene said.

Trump ap­pealed white Amer­i­cans and blacks who were dis­grun­tled with Bar­rack Obama’s lead­er­ship.

His mes­sage res­onated with work- ing-class whites, par­tic­u­larly those with­out col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, both men and women. Trump said he had a se­cret army that would rise up and vote for him. It in­cluded ru­ral vot­ers who turned out in large num­bers, as did cit­i­zens in gen­eral who felt side­lined and trod upon.

ODM leader Raila Odinga told the Star Trump’s win showed it is pos­si­ble for any­one to win a free and fair elec­tion.

“It is our hope un­der Trump, the US will con­tinue sup­port for democ­racy and pro­mote good gov­er­nance and hu­man rights world­wide,” Raila said.

Amani Na­tional Congress Leader Musalia Mu­davadi said Trump’s win showed opin­ion polls did not ac­cu­rately re­flect the peo­ple’s will.

“It’s a les­son me­dia and poll­sters have yet to learn. No mat­ter how they try to ma­nip­u­late opin­ion and per­cep­tion, the Is­raeli, Bri­tish and USA ex­am­ples show it is the opin­ion of peo­ple vot­ing that counts,” Mu­davadi said.

Trump was not just un­con­ven­tional — he trashed the rule book. He was ar­ro­gant, out­ra­geous, some­times dis­hon­est and un­apolo­getic (ex­cept when he said sorry for vul­gar com­ments about women). He called Clin­ton “crooked Hil­lary” and said she should be in jail for her mis­use of a pri­vate email server while she was Sec­re­tary of Sate.

While Clin­ton spent raised $513 mil­lion by Oc­to­ber 19, Trump raised $255. He ad­dressed mas­sive ral­lies and didn’t run door-to-door cam­paigns. Ral­lies were some­times chaotic and dis­jointed, he shot from the hip and hit the bulls eye. He trusted his in­stincts, and it worked.

Trump in­sulted dec­o­rated war vet-

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