The Result: Explained
Donald J. Trump was elected to be the next president of the United States on Tuesday. However before the presidential race reached the final stretch, the polls and news outlets had all but called a Clinton victory, with her chances of winning between 70 and 99 percent. In a stunning twist, Trump secured the presidency and left people wondering why the polls were so inaccurate.
Trump's triumph mirrors the same 'populist' rebuking of establishment ideologies that the UK experienced with Brexit. Millions of Americans used their votes, the only weapon they have left, to defy the media and political elites. Like with Brexit, the rhetoric before the election was one of a definite Clinton victory. The media's disposition towards Trump, justified or not, painted him as a buffoon that was unfit to lead America. In contrast to Trump's treatment, Hillary Clinton received every tool the media had. Late polls showed that outlets like the NY Times and CNN had belief that their candidate would win easily.
Putting aside whether or not Trump being elected is good for the United States, the results of November 8th show the true repudiation of Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and the 'establishment' as a whole. And show that all of the media's weight still was not enough squeeze Clinton through the White House doors. President-elect Trump just happened to be the populist candidate available to satisfy the disenfranchised. Now the question becomes: will he?