The American people have spoken – and what a sensation they have caused! As you might imagine, I am pleased that Donald Trump has won the Presidential election and that the American people will have him rather than Hillary Clinton as their next President.
Donald Trump has ripped up the political handbook and dealt a severe blow to the politically correct metropolitan establishment elite who think that they know it all and are also entitled to it all.
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) November 10, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign wasn’t based on trying to appeal to the so-called centre ground, as many politicians seem to wont to do. It was about ploughing his own furrow and being clear in his stance by straight talking.
It was about not apologising for wanting to Make America Great Again, and it was about tackling the issues that concern people head-on, rather than patronisingly telling them they have got it all wrong.
I believe a Clinton aide said before the results were in that, as they understood it, they had the election in the bag and, if they didn’t, they hadn’t understood the American people.
Well – given the result – I have to agree.
Watching the election coverage unfold, it was interesting to see all the usual politically correct tick-box analysis being trotted out by the liberal media. “Women were doing this” and “black people were voting that” – as if they were some homogeneous group rather than individual people.
And yet, in a shock to those who are obsessed with political correctness, it became apparent that Trump – the non-politically correct candidate – had a much more diverse following than the so-called experts would have us believe. Plenty of women voted for him as well as many people from other so-called minorities.
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) November 9, 2016
Shock! Horror! “How can this be?” the Clinton fans asked. I have always said that it is ridiculous – and dangerous – to box people off and then treat them as one group. I bet many white women in poorer areas have more in common with poorer Hispanic men, for example, than well-off, do-gooding white women.
Trump did not treat people as tick boxes but as real human beings with real concerns. People, in return, saw him as someone who was genuinely on their side.
There was sneering during the election coverage from the pro-Clinton camp trying to point out that those who were more educated were more likely to be Clinton supporters – the superiority complex of these people knows no bounds. Basically, they were saying you must be stupid to vote for Trump.
Well, I think it is more stupid to vote for someone for no other reason than because they are a woman, and more stupid to back someone who sees everything through a divisive, politically correct lens.
— Florian Haack (@FHaackOfficial) November 9, 2016
In her – otherwise extremely good – concession speech, Hillary Clinton seemed to want us to believe that she had lost because she was a woman and there is a glass ceiling.
She didn’t lose because she was a woman, she lost because she was a terrible candidate. It had nothing at all to do with her gender, nor should it.
As we have seen in this election, rather like we did with Brexit in the UK, people do have the power to fight back against all the fake politics and the comfy establishment consensus. Hillary Clinton represents everything I hate about politics and politicians – a feeling that she is in it for what she can get out of it, and I wouldn’t ever know what she really believed.
— Cumbrian Clark (@ClarkVasey) November 9, 2016
She just says whatever carefully scripted words have been calculated to appeal to a particular group of voters. Whilst Donald Trump’s words might not always be the most polished, there is a confidence that he will get things done. With Hillary Clinton, the words are always perfectly rehearsed, but nothing gets done.
The non-establishment views of Trump could be great news for us here in Britain.
Instead of lauding praise on the bureaucratic, unaccountable, stifling European Union – and telling us we would be at the back of the queue, like his political opponents did – he has been very supportive of Britain setting itself free. I hope that we will also have an even more exciting – and certainly quicker – trade deal between our two countries as a result.
It is not all going to be plain sailing for Trump – but then it has not been plain sailing up to now and he has clearly survived rather well.
Now that the Trump card has been played, I wish America all the very best and look forward to the continuing, special and fruitful relationship between our two great countries.
- Philip Davies is MP for Shipley