How and Why he was Elected

Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) is an avid tweeter, published author and successful American. This morning he had these things to say.

Trump never wanted the presidency.

He wanted to win the popular vote & be respected by the media.
He got neither.

@MorganL_2011 added to that.

It gave me a bit of joy to see that President Obama has 60 million more followers than Trump. I wonder if he knows…

It seems Mr. Trump doesn’t like to be second best at anything and his followers are okay with this quirk.

And I think Democrats and liberals are keen to focus on his too-many-to-count flaws but are missing the whole point about how and why he was elected and why very reasonable men and women of all ethnic backgrounds remain his strong supporters.

Unless we focus on understanding why people actually voted for this self aggrandizing alt-right character in the first place then the divide in the country will only increase.

Much to my surprise and dismay, President Trump’s political views exactly mirror what people all around here in Texas and middle America believe and think.

It’s not just that working class white people voted for Trump and others didn’t show up to vote. I know white, black, Hispanic, straight and gay people who voted for Trump, too. In fact, around here, most people of all walks of life.

I recently put this question to the test on my Facebook page: Do you believe that the Earth is 4.8 billion years old according to science, or 6000 years old according to the Bible?

Well, any rational person’s gonna answer that with the obvious, right? 4.8 billion years. There’s plenty of science to back that up. It’s not a theory anymore. It’s just a fact. But 95% of my coworkers here in Amarillo, Texas answered Bible.

It’s astonishing to me that people could believe the Earth is only 6000 years old, when even from a religious point of view there is no clear concensus. But they do. They don’t care about fossil records or GPS actually measuring the drift speed of continental drift. In some places ground is moving 5 centimeters a year. Or how they completely support fracking with no clue that gas and oil came from rotting ancient life millions of years ago. Yet that is the real America.

American people are religious if not ignorant, the two of which do not always go together but often do, and they like Trump.

As a liberal I like to delude myself that the tide is turning against Trump because of the things he said and has done since taking office, often contradicting himself, or just not accepting that he both lost the popular vote and had a smaller inauguration crowd than Obama. In reality however the divide is only widening and people on both sides are digging in. If the election were held again today, Trump would win.

Author: Wayne Boyd

Wayne Edward Boyd was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953. He is a published author, former ISKCON sannyasi, and traveler, having lived on 3 continents and visited 37 countries. He presently lives in Amarillo, Texas working as a correctional officer and has interests in photography, political science and astronomy.

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