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How Trump Won
By Ashley Sutherland-Winch and Rebecca Glade
Published November 10, 2016 in Macau Business Daily
Is he going to build a wall between America and Mexico? Is he going to nominate Chief Justices to overturn Roe vs. Wade? Will he really remove Muslims from America? Is he going to increase trade embargoes between the United States and China?
These are a few questions that will shape the United States of America; but in truth, they will shape the globe. America has spoken, in a landslide. He won.
Against all the odds, the Manhattan real estate developer and reality TV star was elected President of the United States. It was an incredible twist of fate; a non-politician has won the position of the highest office in the United States of America.
“Your incessant posts on social media about political candidates and social issues are actually changing minds — well, 1 in 5 minds, at least”, said Steve Overly of the Washington Post.
Mr. Overly is not wrong. Social media has changed the election, but we all thought that it would be in Clinton’s favour, although at the end of the day Mr. Trump reigned as the victor. There was an incredible silent majority that came in with the results that shocked America. Even in big cities, there was a ‘lean in’ vote.
They would lean in and whisper “I’m voting for Trump”, expressing their true opinions to a friend or confidante. This was a view that they did not feel comfortable expressing publicly but felt compelled to disclose in their vote. There is a strong silent majority that heard the rallying cry, responded with electoral votes, and answered with an unexpected victory.
Social media, in my opinion, has shaped this election. Hillary Clinton has faced major scandals with her use of personal emails and WikiLeaks making everything public. They presented damaging information that affected Clinton’s credibility; and a failed Benghazi mission did not help.
All information on social media hurt her with tweets and Facebook posts around the globe, swaying belief in her sincerity as a lifelong politician. In opposition, social media brought to light Trump’s vast disregard for women’s equality and claims of sexual assault, and it seems that the majority of America did not care.
The Statue of Liberty has long been a historical symbol for America and the most famous quote emblazoned on her base is: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’.
Will we still be this country in January?