Donald Trump bombshell was victory for ordinary Americans, the people who had nothing to lose by breaking away from the norm
It wasn't meant to work out this way. The political establishment thought it bad enough that a guy with orange skin, mad hair and a shoot-from-the-hip style that offends half the country was running for the US presidency. He certainly wasn't supposed to win.
The fact that Donald Trump defeated the woman who was hailed as the most experienced candidate to ever run for the White House says a lot about ordinary Americans. Not that they are racist, reactionary, misogynistic homophobes as some would seem to imply. Rather, it tells us that they are desperate for change.
They are sick, sore and tired of electing one Washington insider after another. While the political and media elite adored Hillary Clinton because she represented stability and continuity, the mass of Middle America loathed her for those very reasons. They had nothing to lose by backing the wild card. The status quo suits only those reaping its rewards.
This was like Brexit all over again. Clinton, just like the Remain campaign, was expected to romp home. That the political pundits and pollsters got it so wrong is symbolic of how out of touch they are with real folk and how broken the system is.
The people who don't dominate social media debate, who often don't vote - and are certainly never asked in advance by 'the experts' how they will vote - have spoken, and we need to respect that. Globalisation is destroying blue collar America. Trump, for all his faults and flaws, connected with those left behind in a way that Clinton never did.
Although a billionaire, he didn't have a fraction of her war chest to spend on his presidential bid. Abandoned by the mainstream Republican machine, he was forced to rely on pure gut instinct.
But in the end that proved far superior to her costly, focus group-driven campaign.
The political rulebook urgently needs rewriting.
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The snobbery and bigotry towards Trump voters is astounding. An entire class of people are effectively dismissed as "white trash".
On the BBC early yesterday a pro-Clinton commentator was pontificating about Hillary's female following. The interviewer pointed out that, among some groups, a majority of women had supported Trump. Ah, but they weren't college-educated women came the reply.
The fact that African-American and Hispanic voters didn't turn out for Clinton in the numbers predicted spoke volumes. They just couldn't get excited about another Democrat President, and who could blame them? Despite all the media hype about the Obama presidency, in real, concrete terms has it made the slightest difference to black lives?
As a feminist, I never bought the line that we should all rally around Hillary. Yes, Trump is sexist. But Clinton was hardly thinking of her gender when she cosied up to ISIS and other misogynistic maniacs in Syria.
I am astounded that her rival was presented as a danger to world peace when it is she who is the proven war-monger. Her gloating after Colonel Gadaffi was sodomised with a knife - "We came, we saw, he died! Ha, ha, ha!" - is more insane and obnoxious than anything I've seen from Trump.
I don't know how those who cherish our peace process justify their support for the woman who brought death and destruction to the women and children of Libya and elsewhere.
And why do those who rightly raise questions about our politicians and Nama turn a blind eye to the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and other repressive Middle Eastern regimes?
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The funereal faces in our broadcasting stations, as reality departed from their script and a Trump victory loomed, shows just how closely aligned our media was with Clinton. At one point I expected black armbands to be donned.
On social media the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth among the chattering classes is in full flow. They feed frantically on every story about falling stock markets just as they did post-Brexit.
They fail to realise that the concerns of Wall Street and the City are not those of ordinary men and women.
And therein lies the reason that so many plain people in America, rightly or wrongly, came out on Tuesday and voted for what they perceive to be change.
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