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How Did Donald Trump Get Elected as The President of America?

Updated on November 18, 2017
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No one expected Trump to win. It was a complete shock when on November 8th, 2016 Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. He had beaten Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton by 306-232 electoral votes. So who exactly is Trump and why was there such excitement when he won the Presidential election?

Who is Trump?

Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946. His father was Fred Trump and his mother was Mary Anne. Before he entered politics he was a businessman and TV personality. Trump married three times with his first two marriages ending in divorce. He also has five children. He is said to have not smoked or taken any drugs. He also does not drink alcohol. This is largely due to the fact that his older brother suffered from alcoholism and died in 1981. He was a wealthy person who appeared on the Forbes 400 list of wealthy individuals in 1982. When Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency on June 16, 2015, he is said to have had a net worth of $8,737,540,000.

Trump was also a wrestling fan and friend of WWE chairman Vince McMahon. Trump appeared at Wrestle-mania 23 in a match called "The Battle of the Billionaires". He has also made cameo appearances in 12 films and 14 television series. As far as his political career is concerned, he was a Democrat from 2001 to 2008. However, in 2009 he changed to a Republican. He did not contest for the 2012 election but said that he would have been the President of America if he had contested. He announced his interest in contesting the election on June 16, 2015. His priorities were the prevention of illegal immigration, offshoring of American jobs, the U.S. national debt, and Islamic terrorism. His slogan was, "Make America Great Again".

The Flaws:

Trump had said that he wanted to make America great. So did Hitler. Both had a similarity in the fact that they wanted only their country to flourish and did not care about the rest. America had always been generous in its funding to other developing countries. More than 60 countries benefit from US bilateral healthcare funding. After Trump got elected, this aid which was sent was drastically reduced. The funding for overseas health projects is also expected to drop by 25% next year. Providing for your own country is good but dropping aid for other countries will severely affect their infrastructure.

The most famous of his promises was to build a great wall on the southern border and have Mexico pay for it. However, the cost of constructing such a wall will take about $21.5 billion and Mexico still maintains that it will never pay for it.

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One more promise that Trump had made was that he will ban all Muslims from entering America. An exception will be provided to those who have distinguished themselves such as dignitaries and athletes. This also proves to be quite extreme as the banning and deportation of all Muslims is not something a sane person would think of. And it is scary to think if he might even introduce concentration camps as a sort of final solution. Luckily, none of this has been implemented yet.

There are a lot more crazy promises which were made such as to bomb the ISIS and take over their oil reserves. Trump had kept his promise by dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal on the ISIS. He also wanted to target and kill the relatives of terrorists. Hillary Clinton was to be prosecuted for her use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state. However, he was unable to do that.

He also wanted to bring back jobs to the US. He said, "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created". He proposes to do this by imposing tariffs on goods made in China and Mexico. Such restrictions would force people to buy goods made in the US thereby providing more jobs. In theory, this may work but this is in direct violation of the international trade rules. Such an act would result in a trade war and cost hundreds and thousands of jobs.

The Basic Character:

There are a large number of such crazy promises which will never work but it would take an eternity to go through them all. Trump wanted to make America so powerful militarily that none would ever pick a fight with them. He then tops it off saying, "No one is going to touch us because I'm so unpredictable". Being unpredictable is not a character which is much desired by anyone. People usually expect someone reliable and trustworthy to be a President. Without this, there will be no trust between them.

You can say that Trump is an enthusiastic person who aims high. Being conservative might keep you out of trouble but success comes to those who take risks. However, there is a fine line between ambition and insanity. I recently came across an article which stated the possibility of Trump being a victim of the Dunning-Kruger Effect. There has been a lot of concerns that Trump is arrogant and ignorant of many things. Being ignorant is bad but experts say that Trump is also ignorant of his own ignorance!

This means that he doesn't even know that he is ignorant. He seems to have the impression that he is knowledgeable when in fact he has no idea about anything. This is relatable to the maxim, "know thyself". The proverb is applied to those whose boasts exceed what they are. Let's just hope that he comes to terms with the reality of his situation soon.

How did Trump Win?

So with all these flaws, how did Trump win the election? Was it a scam or was there anything that we missed? There was even a conspiracy theory that Trump was helped by the Russians to win the election. This was dismissed by Trump stating that the investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election is the pursuit of a false narrative, calling it "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Although we may see the promises and statements provided by Trump to be unfair or wrong, technically those changes which he suggests would improve the living standard of Americans in a perfect world. Preventing immigration from other countries and forcing trade restrictions would bring back more jobs if they are unopposed (which is unlikely but is not known to the common man). Providing funds for medical help in developing countries is a charity which shows the generosity of the US but the people will be more than happy to cut down the budget if it helps them.

Thus we find that all the promises provided by Trump seem too irresistible for the common citizen. Any conservative leader will not have the courage to pull off projects like this. It takes a radical person with wild ideas and the ignorance of their consequence to put it in place. I would like to conclude this topic with a quote from Adolf Hitler which seems apt for this: "If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."

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      Tim Truzy 5 days ago from U.S.A.

      Arguing may not be useful if you are in a totalitarian society - however, that is the energy of democracy. It's how we keep tragedies from repeating themselves. Even today, Germany is well aware of its past because the people are quick to remind each other of the travesty of the past. When you start silencing the arguments, then democracy is crippled. ( Examples where we know this is true: Brazil today, Cuba, Russia, etc.) Yet, argument with action is fertile ground to keep a democracy healthy.

      Personally, Trump reminds me of a W.W.E. wrestler with his pompous showmanship.(Harper's Magazine).

      In that, I may be right: Linda McMann, a promoter and financial backer of the W.W.E. is the small business administration director.

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      Sudhir 5 days ago from Chennai, India

      I do agree that arguing would not benefit anyone. We'll just have to wait and see. But I am not a negative person. In fact I admire even Hitler for the positive changes he did for his people and I even created an article to express that (https://hubpages.com/education/The-Other-Face-of-H... He most definitely did not produce death camps for employment but that's a different more complex story. I mentioned him just to note that even a great leader can have flaws.

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      Sharon Stajda 6 days ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      Hi Sudhir, To address your belief, "The ideas put forth by Trump would be considered somewhat radical and extreme. ". I am not sure what you are finding radical? His original agenda promotes ; securing our boarders, tax reform; a new health care plan: protect America against the threat of ISIS; support our military; renegotiate NAFTA to even the playing field. In my opinion he is making good strides in all fields, and could be supported by argument, as well as good proof. I have made it a quest that to keep up on president Trumps progress, and have done good solid research on his progress. I have looked at all sides to any matter, before coming to my conclusion.

      "They would definitely have repercussions in the future and that is what many people are worried about. " It is just my opinion, however I in no way can I see that if his agenda can be accomplishment that it would cause problems for America or American's? His agenda is progresses, and gives promise to our country moving forward, solving long term financial problems, long term immigration problems, as well as dangerous terrorism problems. The statues quo was not working in with any of the above problems. In fact our governments lack of the ability to act on North Korea, has brought us a nuclear armed NK... A NK that now can act on it's threats. As you see doing nothing can result in grave consequences.

      Germany had 6 million unemployed people before Hitler came to power and in 1939 it dropped to 302,000. Changes brought forth by Hitler were radical and extreme but the German economy boomed." This is a sad comparison....And I might add radical. You are aware that Hitler built concentration camps to eradicate the Jewish religion? Which resulted in the death of 6 million Jews? The systematic murder of these citizens increased employment. Are you suggesting that our president is capable of killing citizens to create jobs. Because that i what your statement infers, when given in this form of context.

      Perhaps you might take time to reevaluate your position, and maybe have a look at what the president has accomplished, and is working on accomplishing. Always looking down the road at what could happen, and may not come to fruition is non productive. Yes, it is important to look to the future, but we must give credit where credit is due. We must always keep an eye on what is happening, and change any negatives, but applaud what is positive.

      Sudhir, I think at this point we will have to agree to disagree. I have always found that common sense out weights speculation. You see hen it comes to our goverment,I have learned I have little control over it... I have a vote, and I have the right to protest. Arguing among citizens accomplish nothing, but frustration.

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      Tim Truzy 7 days ago from U.S.A.

      The policies established during the Obama admiistration more than created the residual impact of increased employment. (That's a economic fact.) It takes time for policies to engage the economy. Another economic fact.)

      ISIS claimed the death of the soldiers in Niger (Another fact.) They promised more to come.

      Reforming relationships with our allies? Who hurt those relationships? These are facts which are ignored because our president's supporters resist any questioning of his abilities or agenda by those who are educated enough to think critically.

      Excellent article, again. Keep up the great work. As long as we have the freedom of the press and the freedom to speak, we should question and challenge.

      A good leader can bring minimum change; a great leader can take the changing face of his nation and make the most of the country.

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      Sudhir 7 days ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Sharon,

      Yes, I do admit that some of the changes have brought out a very positive result. I have also mentioned that the promises made by Trump would definitely benefit the US economy. But whether it would be long-lasting is a different story. The ideas put forth by Trump would be considered somewhat radical and extreme. They would definitely have repercussions in the future and that is what many people are worried about. And that is my opinion as well. As for the drop in unemployment issue, Germany had 6million unemployed people before Hitler came to power and in 1939 it dropped to 302,000. Changes brought forth by Hitler were radical and extreme but the German economy boomed. However, we know what happened next. So you can see why people see a pattern in this. Again it would be wrong to accuse Trump based on some random leader who went astray but it isn't so bad to be cautious at least.

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      Sharon Stajda 7 days ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      Sudher - "cause the least amount of damage" Not sure what you are referring to? He is actually doing very well with the economy. Jobs numbers up three months in a row, the unemployment at a 17 year high. The stock market is at an all time high. ISIS has been defeated in the Middle East. He is working on renegotiating NAFTA , he has many nations paying their fair share to the UN. He has regained friendships with allies around the world. These are facts. You seem to be deriving your opinions from unproven rhetoric., bias media misinterpreted words. Not to mention it appears you have the attitude that " What If".... What if is a sad way to come to an opinion, especially about a person. It's unfair, and promotes nothing but unfounded hate. Why not look at just a bit of the positive? This president is forging forward, it is apparent he is making every attempt to make America a better place o work and live. I guess it's hard to except, but his accomplishments are piling up, one almost looks foolish to continue to belittle his efforts. No really...

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      Tim Truzy 8 days ago from U.S.A.

      It's important to note: watch the old "All in the Family" show from the 1970's, Archie Bunker is saying the things DJT has been saying since he went into office and before. The bitter element that supports Trump has always been there.

      Economic growth didn't magically appear because Trump landed in the White House (ask anybody with any economic background), the economic growth we are seeing are a result of policies and actions occurring over the last 12 months. Hard core conservatives are quick to scream how great this man is without checking educational facts. But they shift the facts around, making a toilet smell like a perfume house, unless, of course, it has to do with where our 44th president was born, then, of course, it's "factual."

      Trump's generals warned him that withdrawing financial support to poor countries feeds the breeding ground for terrorists, but to Trump's base, "What do our generals know?"

      Why is it people on the far right are quick to call rational people "ranters." Perhaps, they are taking their cue from their leader: It's only disrespectful when it is aimed at us. Archie Bunker did quite a bit of ranting and whining. (Trump said he was the world's greatest whiner.) Case closed, especially, since the Democrats had sweeping victories last week. There is a reason why "All in the Family" was canceled.)

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      Dean Traylor 9 days ago from Southern California

      Personally I would've compared him to pt barnum, but pt always knew he was a showman and had --at least -- some sense of a conscience. And , by the way, comparison to Jesus christ; isn't that what a few sham televangelists are trying to do in regards to trump?

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      ahorseback 9 days ago

      The comparisons of Trump to Hitler are about as useful in political discussion as is the comparisons of Obama and Jesus Christ . But then what does one expect from such as this debate , just a swim in the shallow end of the pool .

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      Dean Traylor 9 days ago from Southern California

      Sudir, I agree, the similarities are there. Even the fact that both of them didn't win the popular vote in their respective elections. Still there is a silver lining to this: we saw Hitler and how he operated. This time many of trump's damaging policies are being contested by those who still care about democracy and the checks and balances established in the constitution. Hopefully, more will see through his quest toward authoritarianism.

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      Sharon Stajda 9 days ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      Trump has already produced economic growth. In regards to your statement - "America had always been generous in its funding to other developing countries. More than 60 countries benefit from US bilateral healthcare funding. After Trump got elected, this aid which was sent was drastically reduced. The funding for overseas health projects is also expected to drop by 25% next year."

      America has a deficit of 20 trillion dollars. In the 8 years Obama was president he doubled a 10 trillion into 20 trillion. In our history we have never exsperenced this form of spending and accumulation of debt . America has always been a generous nation, but we need to at this point in history stop borrowing to support others. We need to get our house in order...

      Trump won due to common sense people taking charge, and demanding common sense change... It's that simple. Our country was faltering , and many are done with our voices not being heard. We are done with liberal rhetoric, and will ignore it, and push on supporting a president that is doing a great job. You see we see his progress, and are feeling it in our communities. No amount of he said she said news reports, supported by no faces or names will deter us.

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      Sudhir 10 days ago from Chennai, India

      There are flaws with every politician but when it comes to choosing one anyhow its better to go with someone who will cause the least amount of damage. For me Trump's ideas are too radical and unrealistic. The repercussions of his actions could cause more harm than good. I can definitely see a similarity between him and Hitler.

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      Dean Traylor 10 days ago from Southern California

      When it comes to Trump, his greatest strength is self-promotion. He knows how to play the right people and create name recognition for himself. In fact, he's fooled a lot of people into believing he was a great businessman and self-made billionaire.

      Many in his base don't see (nor don't care) that nearly everything he's done as a businessman has failed. In part, he has come up with really bad and out-dated ideas (such as gold plating on an airline or promoting the USFL to directly compete with the NFL).

      Possibly the most disturbing tactic he has used -- and something his base generally accepts --- is his scapegoating for certain racial, ethnic and religious groups. Most likely he does so as a way to give excuse for his personal failings in business. And the reason his base supports him is because he's saying the things they want to believe...that their own failings are someone else's fault, not theirs. As for that billionaire thing? He states he has it, but he gets very litigious when someone actually reports his wealth (last I read he was heavy in debt. Another report from several years ago had him below $1 billion...that may have changed since then). Then again, he has his parents and his grandfather (a little known fact, his grandfather became very wealthy when he struck gold in the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska) to thank for his wealth.

      The main way he won was through the electoral college rather than the popular vote (that's been an area of contention in the U.S. for years and has a long controversial history to it...but that's another story). Still, he appealed to a conservative base (and we'll leave the whole Russia thing out for now, although it cannot be ignored... like a certain cable news site has been doing). But, by far, his greatest ploy to win the election was to play on certain people's fear and sense of alienation in an ever-changing world. A lot of these folks felt they were becoming increasingly insignificant. Trump, being the gifted snake-oil peddler, was keen to this, and played it to full effect.

      Even as much of America and the rest of the world see through his facade, some of those people that helped him get elected are playing denial and worshiping this man who doesn't deserve it.

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      ahorseback 10 days ago

      You can always tell a liberal rant in the first four sentences of the article , Trump is a progressive alt- right and center movement in America to remove the embedded , entrenched and corrupted mainstream power source of the governing two party system . Has the left offered ANYTHING close to the "progress" that they constantly brag of ? No. WHAT did the left offer , A seventy something mafia princess incapable of understanding the similarities between herself and Al Capone.

      Is that progress ?