Before the 2016 presidential election in the United States, which resulted in the election of Donald Trump, nobody would have predicted that he would win. Donald Trump, on the other hand, shocked many along the way, from the caucuses to the Republican nominee and, finally, the general election. There were two possible outcomes. Either the United States voted the first woman president in their country’s history, or they offered the seat to a man who had no chance of becoming president a few years before. The latter was unlikely, the reason why it came as a shock and even triggering demonstrations and claims of rigging. There are numerous ways in which Donald Trump achieved his position as the president. However, there are two major ones, covering the political, cultural and economic factors that led to the election of Trump as president.
Trump’s campaigns were popularized in Republican states such as Utah, Montana, and Alabama. He understood who his audience was and he hit the places hard, knowing that without those strongholds, there were minimal to null chances of him being elected as president. He must have projected that Hillary Clinton could win the majority votes and this led to emphasize his impact on the states. He must have projected the rate of the advantage he had in the red cities. Thus he picked the winning struggle. There were numerous allegations against Trump’s campaign strategies, and even some organizations had a problem with his utterances during the campaigns. However, to the surprise of many, he proved a hard nut to crack by giving half sincere-apologies to whatever came against him. His emphasis on Republican states is the major reason for his popularity and eventual win (Ashcroft, 2016).
Initially, there was hope for Hillary Clinton in cities like Ohio and North Carolina. However, as Trump hit hard in the red states, he also managed to sway these cities with him in the wave. Hillary Clinton was thus left to depend on her numbers and on the cities that were still behind her. Regarding the legislation for the United States general elections, numbers do not get to earn you the win. Even with the majority votes behind her, Hillary Clinton was not able to sway the majority number of states to trail behind her. This was a political strategy that perhaps Trump was aware or not aware of, that led him to his unexpected victory.
Another core reason that led to Donald Trump to win the 2016 elections is that he gave the American people a reason to believe that he could as well be the change they had been yearning for. He went against even his primary opponents, causing the people to believe in his ability to rule America. He went against the likes of Ted Cruz and Chris Christie who both eventually fell to his side. (“Five reasons Donald Trump won,” 2017).
Donald Trump proved to even those within the party that he could solely win the elections even without their help. This won his numbers, not only in the Republican state but also some individuals from the democrat states. Trump’s ideologies as a sole man proved to be helpful to the economic advantage of the United States (Ashcroft, 2016).
Multiple cultural, political and economic factors led to Donald Trump’s win but the two discussed above are the core reasons he landed the presidential seat. His political strategy must have seemed rather absurd to many, but the fact that it worked shows he had a dedicated and intelligent team behind him.
Ashcroft, A. (2016). Donald Trump: Narcissist, Psychopath or Representative of the People? Psychotherapy and Politics International, 14(3), 217-222. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppi.1395
Five reasons Donald Trump won. (2017). BBC News. Retrieved 22 October 2017, from http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37918303