I’m al­ready sick of win­ning (not whin­ing)

Santa Fe New Mexican - - GENERATION NEXT - By John Block Guest colum­nist and Santa Fe na­tive John Block is a ju­nior at Rut­gers Univer­sity in New Jersey, where he stud­ies busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Don­ald Trump had ar­guably the most com­pelling run of any pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, suc­cess­fully win­ning de­spite the in­ces­sant pelt­ing of in­sults by the op­po­si­tion. His un­canny abil­ity to ver­bal­ize the will of the Amer­i­can peo­ple se­cured him con­stant me­dia cov­er­age and thou­sands of rally at­ten­dees at ev­ery cam­paign stop.

Why did Trump win? For starters, Trump and his sup­port­ers were un­der­es­ti­mated from the be­gin­ning, which in turn skewed polls to­ward Demo­cratic con­tender Hil­lary Clin­ton. The me­dia’s far-too-pre­ma­ture coronation of Clin­ton pro­voked many third-party and Bernie San­ders back­ers to vote against her, or not vote at all.

With Clin­ton’s unin­spir­ing cam­paign, it’s no won­der Trump swept the board, ral­ly­ing in at least three states daily and uti­liz­ing his fam­ily and run­ning mate Mike Pence for events. The Trump mes­sage swept through even the bluest states.

Al­though it might not be a pop­u­lar no­tion in North­ern New Mex­ico to have voted for Trump, I did be­cause I was ready for real change. It’s easy to slap the words “hope” and “change” on a bill­board, but it is an­other thing to de­liver, some­thing Trump will do as soon as he takes of­fice.

Trump’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, The Art of the Deal, show­cases his de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight to vic­tory. His tenacity pre­vailed through­out the cam­paign as he won over com­mu­ni­ties — in­clud­ing His­pan­ics — pre­vi­ously os­tra­cized by the GOP, and trans­formed the DNA of the Re­pub­li­can Party.

On Jan. 20, Don­ald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th pres­i­dent of the United States, ini­ti­at­ing a new age of pol­i­tics in Amer­ica. I’m con­fi­dent Don­ald Trump will ful­fill his prom­ise to “Make Amer­ica Great Again.”

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