BALTIMORE (NNPA) — New York real estate millionaire Donald Trump won the White House over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the biggest and most stunning upset victory for the White House in modern presidential politics.
Trump’s victory means that for the first time in U.S. history, an individual with no military experience or elected federal experience will be sworn in as President of the United States.
Clinton’s defeat and call of concession that ended the race in the early hours of November 9, ended a completely unpredictable campaign season in which polls, prognosticators and so-called political experts were wrong over and over again regarding Trump’s chances to win. As Trump defeated 16 other candidates during the Republican primary season, no one could explain his string of unexpected victories over more established candidates, some of whom were former or current governors and United States senators.
Republicans maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and gained control of the White House. Republican governors run 33 states. President-elect Donald Trump. Incredibly, House Democrats failed to pick up seats in Minnesota, Iowa, Florida, New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania— something no one predicted would happen. Ironically, Trump’s triumphant election night also yielded a record number of African American congressmen (more than 50) who will now serve on Capitol Hill during Trump’s first year in office.
Clinton is expected to win the popular vote, as votes continue to be counted. There is no doubt that Trump’s victory is a rejection of the presidency of Barack Obama, the first African American president of the U.S. It is also a victory for the so-called “alt-right” wing of the Republican Party that has been a leading incubator of opposition and obstruction to President Obama for the better part of eight years.
Clinton lost the key states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina by less than two percent of the vote. The much-discussed “lack of enthusiasm” that has plagued the Clinton campaign has been a point of focus by many political observers for months. Though almost no one predicted that Trump would win, the Clinton campaign’s lack of specific and sustained grassroots-level investment in traditional Democratic voters will likely be a chief scapegoat for her loss.
Trump’s victory is no doubt a statement of white backlash against the successful programs and policies implemented during President Obama’s tenure. The bottom line is that on Trump’s victory inauguration on January 20, 2017, an African American will no longer control the White House and opens the door to a decidedly different type of president who has not detailed any specific and clear agenda.
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer and political analyst. She can be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on Twitter at @LVBurke.