For different factors, the just-concluded United States of America elections were historic and special. The Republican and the Democratic Party became the two most separate parties in America. The Liberty Party and the Green Party were relatively recent political movements founded in the 20th and 21st centuries. The American state leader is mostly decided by a method of democratic organization, but not explicitly by the voter of all states (Silver, 2017). The Americans had to exercise their legitimate, democratic responsibility to choose their new president after President Barrack Hussein Obama’s ten-year stay at the White House. While the odds were too much for other nominees who did not manage to gunner their party’s support, Hillary Clinton, a former state secretary and Donald Trump, a renowned business icon emerged the top candidates in their parties.
While former secretary of state, Hillary had a parallel edge over Donald Trump due to her presence in the political arena for a longer period and the support of a sitting president, she lost her bid for the presidency. Donald Trump did not have a fruitful presidential debate but his campaign slogan “Making America Grand Once More” resonated with the frustrations of the white community which demanded a country which offered working opportunities to its own. Donald Trump was a newbie in the political arena. He had no political history and arguably had a slight disadvantage since he was a business technocrat with a somewhat tough demeanor.
The following is a breakdown of factors led to a Trump victory and a Clinton defeat;
With only ten months to go to the American presidential polls, most of the Republicans had faith in only 4 of their preferred candidates. These included Donald Trump – a seasoned business icon, Ben Carson – a retired neurosurgeon, Jeb Bush, who is a former governor of Florida and Florida senator, Marco Rubio. In a survey conducted in the same year, Donald Trump and Carson were least likely electable candidates by the professional front of the Republican party. While Donald Trump was the most preferred candidate due to his strength in speech and economic edge over his competitors, he was a safe bet for the Republican team which needed to front a favorite candidate to battle Hillary Clinton.
In evaluating Clinton’s campaign strategy, I find fault in her move to skip visiting Wisconsin just after conceding the Democratic primaries to Senator Bernie Sanders. This state, would eventually propel Donald Trump and send him over to 270 electoral votes. Ideally, Clinton had a robust television campaign than Trump (Bloomberg Politics, 2017). Trump, however, held a total of 105 rallies as compared to Hillary’s 70. Clinton’s Twitter campaign is said to have ousted Trump’s record by twice the number.
In considering possible errors for Hillary, she focused more on closed states than the tipping point states. A survey showed that she spent more time in states like Ohio and Nevada, among other, for over 54 percent of her time. Additionally, while Florida and Carolina did not seem as states which were a must win for Clinton, Trump saw them as a must win. In overall, Clinton did not focus on clinching the Electoral College vote. She did well garnering more popular votes than Al Gore did, but the arithmetic was ill informed – partly because the Democrats are now shifting to coasts and cities where the populations are more compacted. She did not take full cognizance of the fact that the Constitution which provides that the Electoral College selects presidents (Silver, 2017).
Increased Voter Turnout
While the figures show that there were potentials of the electorate matching 2012 numbers, the difficulty for Hillary was to have the same share of the electorate as President Obama did. The challenge to her presidential bid is that more voters opted for 3rd party presidential candidates. In essence, third parties are significant in politics (Gillespi 2). Figures show that the total turnout in 2012 was approximately 129.2 million while in 2016, the voters were 128.5 million.
Clinton did not manage to Impress Obama’s “Stronghold.”
While Clinton enjoyed the support of President Barrack Obama, she failed to resonate with the campaign momentum Obama had. The age of 18 and 29 years made up to 29 percent of the voter population. They were visibly more in choosing third party candidates. Their numbers went up to 8 percent from 3 percent. There were considerable reductions in the black voter patterns.
Clinton did not employ the “Clinton 2000 campaign strategy.”
Trump went offensive to the white working class by primarily feeding the resentments and racial segregation stories which provided the woodwork for his campaign. Trump resonated his speech on policy and blew the communication on trade, Clinton’s conflict of interest since she has a conflict of interest with the establishment.
Additionally, Trump capitalized on the letter which came from the director of the FBI Comey, therefore downplaying Hillary’s quest by reaffirming fears in some electorates that Clinton is rather not trustworthy. In reflecting her response to these allegations, she was conspicuously missing in her campaign for most of August, giving Trump room to trounce upon her candidature and wounded her campaign. She also took most of her time trying to create a new frontier with the Republicans. While they were also a great population to focus on, she should have focused her energies on compiling the “Blue Front.” The very message that she sold to Republicans was the very message that turned off blue collar Democrats.
Given the hatred by the multitudes and gender, which further complicates the equation, Hillary Clinton was facing a rather difficult pedestal. Her critiques were patient over the years, and so was her campaign suffrage. Additionally, there have been a big number of respondents in talk radio who believe that while the farm economy has improved, there is a feeling that the elite population left the farmers behind and immigrants and liberals from politically aligned establishments continue to receive fairer treatment.
Obama’s missed opportunities
While Hillary Clinton rode on Obama’s blessing for the presidential race, Obama’s missed opportunity to pass a major infrastructural program seeking to employ many workers on infrastructures like roads and airports became Hillary’s pedestal. There were sections of people who lost their occupations in the 1980s and got them 90s, however, they suffered a great deal during the 2000s.
Allegations of rigging on Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders gave his full support to Hillary’s candidature. However, soon after the media captured this story, there were scores of the electorates who felt that Clinton and the National Committee for the Democratic Party had out rightly tried to sabotage Sander’s candidature by arranging Saturday late night debates. These challenges were fodder for Trump who spoke ill of Democrats’ readiness to participate in a free and fair process.
Trump Broke the rules of the game
While it is standard practice for presidential hopefuls to provide alternative manifestos, which resonate with the desired effect, Trump did not follow rules of the match. (It’s not chaos. “It’s Trump’s campaign strategy”, 2017). He only said that he would be the voice of the people and therefore touched on the emotional codes of the voters. His charm and anger in a speech made him appear as among the population that suffered subjugation over the years. He was, therefore, a better candidate, even though he suffered defeat by Hillary in the presidential debates.
The United States of America have their duly elected president. Casting a lens on his GOP health care bill, I feel Trump already is walking towards breaking one of his greatest promises during the campaign. He has been seen to make an onslaught against Obama’s permanent legacies by aiming at the Obamacare (Politifact, 2017). Even though his rival care plan has been shot down, I think President Donald Trump is set to meet most, if not all of his provided promises. By pushing for the suspension of immigration from areas which are prone to terrorism, Donald is delivering on his promise by reflecting on what the wider voters needed for their safety. While I may have my reservations as to the viability of a Mexican border and the suspension of immigration to areas prone to terror, I feel that President Donald will have more impact bridging the wage gap and regulating TPP.
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