I opened my news feed this morning to headlines about anti President-elect Trump protests, a Donald Trump win reflecting anti-establishment attitudes, and about how the media misjudged the election.
But I don’t think Trump misjudged it.
For all the talk over whether Trump expected to win, let alone get as far as he did throughout the entire process, the time was right for a Donald Trump.
I felt throughout the campaign that the often-stated line, “he talks different” was a horrible justification for supporting him. By now we know this line to reflect an anti-establishment attitude, no matter how poorly articulated.
And that attitude isn’t such a bad thing—if we can keep it.
Increasingly, people are burnt out on runaway government spending and debt—$10 trillion under our last president and $20 trillion under our current one.
They’re burnt out on wars and the resulting blowback.
They’re tired of politics as usual—one probable explanation for why the election’s outcome went so poorly for Hillary Clinton, despite endorsement from inside the beltway. Clinton garnered 93 percent of the vote in Washington, D.C.
But it was Trump’s time, and I think he knew it.
And we know a lot about him.
For Democrats mourning their candidate’s loss, and for establishment Republicans mourning the direction of their party, I wouldn’t get too worked up just yet. We know that up until recently, Trump was a Democrat.
And as politicians so often do, I predict he’ll hover much closer to the center than the ideas reflected by his campaign.
If Trump’s history isn’t enough, observe his short list of political appointees. See Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, or my favorite, Wall St. veteran and movie producer, Steven Mnuchin, whom Trump is reportedly considering for Treasury secretary.
We’ll see how “different” things become real quick.
Buy a plane ticket and head to Canada if you want.
As for me, I plan to see you at the ballot box in eight years when we tire of the establishment, and the air is ripe for change.