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Why Trump won

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM


It was predictable that most of the opinion and commentary columns in the Sunday Gleaner dated November 13 would be awash with anti-Trump views. It was a relief, therefore, to find some serious analysis and common sense in Daniel Thwaites' column. He identified what are, almost certainly, the two most important factors in Donald Trump's victory.

First, when states that typically vote Democratic, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, voted Republican, it seemed clear that millions of voters who were finding it hard to make ends meet decided to give Trump, who was promising to bring well-paying jobs back to the United States, a chance. After all, as Trump might say, 'What the hell had they got to lose?' They certainly were not hearing anything encouraging from Hillary Clinton.

Second, Hillary Clinton was foisted on Democratic supporters by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Her main challenger, Bernie Sanders, had been complaining from the start that the system of super delegates had been designed to guarantee a win for Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination. Evidence later emerged that the DNC, which is supposed to be neutral, had been working hard to help Clinton. Clinton was obviously a weak candidate, weighed down by the furore over her use of a private server on which to conduct State Department business, made worse by her repeated lying as she attempted to minimise the problem. Having her foisted on them clearly turned off many Democratic supporters who just couldn't bring themselves to ignore her shortcomings.




While Daniel Thwaites is clearly no supporter of Trump, he attempted a serious analysis of Trump's victory. In contrast, the rest of the columns were a strange mixture.

Cooper's column was basically just a wail of anguish for her beloved Hillary, whom she describes as "an extraordinarily accomplished female public servant". No mention of the private server here.

Ronald Mason seems to think that the sky is falling. His overall conclusion is that the United States does not need a place of prominence in Jamaica's affairs. Try telling that to the hotel sector!

Ian Boyne is convinced that a perfect storm resulted in Hurricane Trump, the most disastrous to ever hit the United States. And Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet!

Hopefully, over the next few weeks, the anger and panic will subside and as Trump's presidency gets under way, the reporting will become less emotional and more analytical.