The conclusion of the US presidential election of 2016 jolted the whole nation when the result was announced on November 8, 2016. Republican (GOP) nominee Donald Trump becomes the 45th American president after winning 279 votes.
Democrat representative Hillary Clinton lost with a final tally yielding only a total of 228. Despite the excellent analyses and forecasts, plus the fierce backing of Barack Obama and famous celebrities, it only took less than three days for the six remaining electoral states to pull a vicious uppercut that knocked her down to 51 points less. Now for the monumental question of the year: What happened?
It would seem that despite her popular media exposure, the majority of the American public is still having a hard time trusting her 'genuine' personality. A recent report published by BBC mentioned how waves of leaked email scandals critically endangered her candidacy, given that 'facts and figures exposed and substantiated her dubious side.'
Furthermore, everyone who once thought that Obama's proactive endorsement gave Clinton an advantage might now think again. On the contrary, that demonstration of solidarity seemed more like a sign of desperation. So why were the Democratic Party doing their very best to beat Donald Trump?
Contrary to most poll analyses, it seems Trump has a number of understated advantages. He is a well-known populist whose 'genuine' (although outrageous) outbursts always get the attention of the American people.
An article in Los Angeles Times also mentioned how Trump's natural affinity with key economic players contributes to his victory. Truth be told, America is still buried in debt, regardless of whether or not the Obama administration did some improvements. It would seem that choosing a controversially popular person who spent a lifetime doing business is a much preferable choice than a less popular candidate who stands tall in the shadow of her predecessors.