The 2016 U.S. presidential results came as a surprise to many (Republicans) and as a shock to some (Democrats). No body including experts and analysts were completely sure about how this election result would turn out. It had been a 50 – 50 chance of winning for both the candidates. How then did Donald Trump win? What turned the tables in his favour? In this article, we shall discuss that in detail as well as how would the Indian economy and businesses benefit from his electoral victory.
Before this election result, many people were skeptical that Donald Trump would become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee; leave alone winning the election because he had many scams (especially involving women and real estate) against him. Donald Trump’s pox – on – them – all attitude is likely to have proved his independence and outsider status at a time when much of the American public reviled Washington. Even though his popularity took a dip due to outrageous scandals involving women, his manipulations in the real estate business and the corruption in his charity trust and universities, his approval rose back to the surface just like wooden cork rises up when dipped in water. Donald Trump made a throne of skulls out of his primary Republican opponents. Some, like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Ben Carson, eventually gave way. Even his own Party’s opposers like Paul Ryan bent their knees because he was willing to take a stand against them and was willing to attack them outright.
The various scandals against him came so hard and fast that none had time to draw blood. His personality, popularity and appeal, fueled by his reality show, The Apprentice, was so strong that the controversies just bounced off him. He was like a bullet proof jacket. But the biggest contribution to his electoral success came when the FBI director, James Comey, announced that the FBI would re – investigate Hilary Clinton’s e – mail scam. In March 2015, it became publicly known that Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as United States Secretary of State, had used her family’s private email server for official communications, rather than the official State Department email accounts maintained on federal servers. Some experts, officials and members of the Congress have stated that her use of private messaging system software and a private e – mail server violated State Department’s protocols and procedures, as well as federal laws and regulations governing recordkeeping. In response, Hilary Clinton has said that her use of personal email was in compliance with federal laws and State Department’s regulations and that former secretaries of state had also maintained personal email accounts, though not their own private email servers. The FBI revealed that classified and top secret information contained in the emails were sent from her private e – mail server, which was in clear violation of the State department’s policies. On July 5th, 2016, James Comey announced that the FBI’s investigation had concluded that Clinton was ‘extremely careless’ in handling her email system but recommended that no charges be filed against her. On July 6th, 2016, Attorney General, Loretta Lynch also announced that no charges would be filed. On July 7th, 2016, the State Department reopened its probe into Hilary’s email controversy. On October 28th, 2016, James Comey notified Congress that the FBI has started looking into the newly discovered emails that may be pertinent to the case. Law enforcement officials said that the emails were found on a laptop belonging to Hilary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin’s husband, Anthony Weiner, during an investigation of his sexting scandals. Some emails also revealed that Hilary Clinton had connections to and flew with the massive child trafficking and pedophile sex ring operator, Jeffrey Epstein in his private jet.
Hilary Clinton’s snub and disrespectful attitude towards the middle – class in the U.S. also made them vote for Donald Trump. Americans who felt neglected by the Clinton foundation and left behind by the coastal elite in the U.S., made their voices heard this election. Rural voters turned out in large numbers. Hilary Clinton’s presidential hopes were squashed when Wisconsin voted for Donald Trump. Read my article on Hilary Clinton’s niece. Hilary Clinton’s last hope was to win popular vote banks (cities) like California and New York, but the Donald Trump wave hit hard and breached those places too.
Lastly, Donald Trump’s campaign style also contributed to his electoral success. Donald Trump ran the most unconventional of political campaigns, but it turned out he knew better than all the experts. He spent more on hats than on pollsters. He travelled to states like Wisconsin and Michigan that experts said would not vote for him. He held massive rallies instead of focusing on door-knocking and get-out-the-vote operations. His national political convention had more doom – and – gloom in it than any in modern US political history and gained the acceptance of the audience. Donald Trump, his family and his closest advisers will have the last laugh from the White House this time.
Donald Trump’s electoral victory could benefit the Indian economy and Indian corporates in a big way. Donald Trump is more of a team leader and business – man than Hilary Clinton. He is an excellent example of a charismatic leader. Many people view Donald Trump as larger than life because of his energizing personality. He has the ability to envision the future and support others while inculcating confidence in them. He wrote many books which became famous worldwide for their entrepreneurial guidance. They include: ‘Trump: The Art of the Deal’, ‘Think big: Make it happen in Business and Life’, ‘Think like a champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life’, ‘Trump 101: The Way to Success’, ‘Trump: How to Get Rich’, ‘Trump: Surviving at the Top’, just to mention a few. The companies in India, both established and startups can benefit in a big way through investments and guidance from Donald Trump. He could conduct seminars which would teach established as well as startup companies in India on how to improve their business. If companies in India develop their business through investments and through seminars giving technical know – hows, it would give a huge boost to the Indian economy and the employment rate in India. Read more on Startup News
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