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This election was never about Donald Trump

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Nov 12, 2016 at 17:03

Dear Dr Pipes, If this election was ever about Donald Trump, he would have lost it on the first day. This election was about the following five or six major ideas:

1. We know that Illegal immigration is illegal and illegal is bad. Donald Trump summarized it as "if there is no border there is no nation".
2. What is going on in Islamic countries is violent and confusing. DT summarized it as "let there be no immigration from Islamic countries until we figure out what is going on". There is absolutely nothing racial about it.
3. Thoughtless application of economic principles (like 'trade is good') is idiotic. DT summarized it as "we will renegotiate all trade deals".
4. We all knew that something was not quiet right with the way Clinton Foundation was being run. We also smelled that Mrs Clinton's single-minded decades-long vision was to become the president. DT summarized it as "Crooked Hillary".
5. We know that plain Tax and Welfare cannot bring prosperity to poor and downtrodden. DT summarized it as "You have nothing to lose."
6. We are tired of the politicians that put people against the police. He summarized it as law and order. We liked when he said that 3000 annual murders in Chicago are unacceptable.
7. A lot of us still like America. He summarized it by saying, "America first".

So, this election was about ideas and voice of the people. DT gave voice to the people and people, both men and women, to a great extent decided to ignore his weaknesses. He lost by .5% of popular votes. If his past behavior with women had been good, he would have gotten 75% of the popular votes.

Those who are thinking that DT's victory is due to "uneducated rural votes" are terribly mistaken. It is about common sense.

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Gloat. [26 words]AlbertE.Jan 11, 2017 22:04235289
Where do we stand now? [41 words]
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Trump the hero and Clinton "evil incarnate" [31 words]PeterDec 2, 2016 13:41234450
Miracles do happen..... [31 words]FroikeNov 24, 2016 11:17234256
2Trump is indeed a hero [273 words]JoeNov 16, 2016 16:54234113
1Do Nothing and Nothing Will be the Result [137 words]M ToveyNov 14, 2016 16:36234073
Plight [34 words]AlbertE.Nov 13, 2016 22:22234055
#NeverTrumpNorHillary Can Have It Both Ways [115 words]LeslieNov 13, 2016 01:28234020
11This election was never about Donald Trump [306 words]PrashantNov 12, 2016 17:03234010
South Korea to ally with Red China? Trump will not be to blame [220 words]Michael SDec 1, 2016 15:48234010
1I agree with Michael S. [63 words]PrashantDec 4, 2016 20:36234010
3Rt & Lt are both guilty: Greed is their G-D! [83 words]stevenlNov 12, 2016 14:45234007

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