By Gromer Jeffers Jr.
The Dallas Morning News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Gromer Jeffers Jr. gives his take on last night’s results and why many of us should have seen Trump’s historic win coming.
So many people are befuddled by Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton.
How did this happen? What did we miss?
The reality is that plenty of people saw signs that it was possible. It was just hard for most to believe it could actually happen.
A lot is being made about the frustrated, angry, blue-collar Americans who made up the base of Trump’s historic movement.
Their plight was chronicled, and we all knew those voters would be with Trump.
What’s hard for some to fathom, though, is that Trump not only got disaffected voters, but he also won nearly all types of white voters, from average Americans in rural areas to the suburbs.
Shockingly for Clinton supporters and the media, he didn’t get crushed with women. The 2005 Access Hollywood video and past remarks he made objectifying women — even accusations of sexual assault — didn’t matter to his coalition. They were more concerned about jobs and the economy. And Trump made tremendous inroads in casting the system and Clinton as corrupt.
She was the candidate of the past, he said. His movement was the future. He said he was America’s last chance. The media and political elites in both political parties laughed it off as outdated rhetoric.
The movement Trump led is more than a bunch of down-and-out folks looking for America’s so-called great past. It represents a growing divide between elitists in Washington, including media types, and Americans outside of that bubble.
Yes, Trump’s coalition is mostly white and needs diversity.
But more urgently, perhaps, Democrats and other institutions have to reacquaint themselves with people who live in the real world, which would result in the party not being quite as reliant on minorities to pull them through elections.
A couple more observations: Clinton’s voter turnout machine was overrated, and she couldn’t overcome her unpopularity with voters, even in her own base. Some female voters in the suburbs are more concerned with issues like border security and jobs than so-called women’s issues.
The expert analyst chairs on news stations should be filled with voices outside of Washington, not professional Beltway commentators or candidate surrogates.
And finally, passion beat sterile voter turnout analytics all day. President Barack Obama had both for his presidential elections. Trump seemed to have only one, and it beat Clinton’s sophisticated campaign techniques.
Yes, Trump shocked the world.
But if you think about it, we all should have seen it coming.