How Did Donald Trump Win the Election?
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".
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.
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."
Do you think that Trump will help America grow?
© 2017 Sudhir