By now the news has probably sunk in for all of you. Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America. The question is, however, how could this have happened?
Every single person I spoke to regarding the elections firmly believed that Hilary Clinton had this one in the bag. My family, friends, fellow students – there was not much doubt as to who would win the election. Turns out, they were all wrong.
A small recap of how my evening went: I started following the result as they came in from about 1 0′ clock in the morning. I had a long night ahead of me. At this point, Trump was leading by a few votes, but this was nothing to be alarmed about since it was mainly red states that had given their results in with many blue states and swing states not yet counted.
At about 2.00 in the morning, Trump was still leading; it was at that point that I thought to myself “no, could it really happen?” I texted my mother (she’s always awake) to see what she thought of the matter. She ensured me that there was no way trump would win, there were still a lot of votes to be counted so nothing was set yet.
Fast forward an hour later and the news broke that Trump had won swing state Florida and that Hilary would have to win a bunch of other states if she was ever going to catch up. Between 4.00am and 5.00am it was evident that that was not happening anymore and Trump would take home the victory.
On social media the message was clear. People could not understand how this had happened; they were angry, confused and afraid. I found myself wondering “clearly you guys voted for him so why are you confused?”
Following the news the next day to try and answer this question for myself it became clear that the media and polls had gravely underestimated the voting power of the white lower working class.
They had not anticipated the votes of this specific group to be so overwhelming. It seems that even Trump himself had not been completely expecting to win since he rented a small venture in for his speech and not a grand hall as one might do when expecting to win.
So what will happen now? Of course nobody really knows. What we do know is for the first time in over a hundred years, the Republicans have an overwhelming presence in the White House from Senate to the House of Representatives to the president, and most positions are filled by Republicans.
Let’s just hope that Trump is NOT a man of his word and his treats will turn out to be false.