This Is How We Got Donald Trump, The Big Bad Orange Man

This Is How We Got Donald Trump, The Big Bad Orange Man

Here's how Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election.

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How did we get Donald Trump, the Big Bad Orange Man?

Well, when a mommy and a daddy love each other a lot…

Oh, that's not what you're asking?

You must be wondering how Trump was elected president then, huh? Okay, I can do that.

To start with the obvious, take a look at the 2016 electoral map:


2016 Electoral Map by CountyWikipedia


Notice anything peculiar in the Midwest? Specifically in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania?

Those states were projected to lean slightly blue, though if we're being very generous we can list them as toss-ups, I suppose. Why then did every one of those states go for Trump in 2016? The answer to that is simple. Trump's economic policy appealed to white working-class voters in the industrial Midwest (aka Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania).

From protecting America's steel industry (Pennsylvania) to opening up new markets for America's dairy farmers (Wisconsin), to bringing back America's auto industry (Michigan), Trump offered white working class voters a deviation from the status quo that had been negatively impacting them for quite some time.

At the end of the day, we've got to ask what these key voters had to lose by voting for Trump? They'd been getting screwed over left and right by establishment politicians for years anyway.

Make America Great Again Rally https://www.flickr.com/photos/142588507@N05/31004267218

This brings me to my second point. Trump promised to disrupt the status quo, and people loved it.

"Drain the swamp" wasn't just some nifty rallying cry Trump supporters shouted in support of their candidate. They really believed, and continue to believe, that Washington is a corrupt place, and therefore something must be done. No establishment politician (i.e. Hillary Clinton) was EVER going to address the people's concerns about the elitist trend descending upon Washington. Thus we can see why Trump, the ultimate outsider, appealed to so many disenfranchised voters. His bold and brash style was exactly what D.C. needed as a wake-up-call after eight years of disappointment. The middle class didn't want a 3rd term of Obama, and so they rejected Hillary.

Drain the Swamphttps://www.flickr.com/photos/142588507@N05/43417667430

Lastly, the working-class voters I mentioned in my first point didn't feel like they were being heard by the current establishment politicians. To them, the Democrats in power were too elitist and too out of touch to represent their middle-class interests. This problem was only exacerbated by the fact that Hillary Clinton neglected to campaign as vigorously as Trump did in the industrial Midwest. Ultimately her lack of effort came back to haunt her, especially when we consider the margins by which Trump won in the industrial Midwest.

Trump campaign visits in crucial states the last 100 days of the Campaignhttps://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/tru...

Perhaps she assumed that she had the election in the bag? But you know what they say about those who assume… "it makes an ass out of you and me."

I think part of this phenomena can be blamed on Hillary's sense of entitlement. It almost seemed that she assumed (incorrectly) that she was entitled to the traditionally Democratic vote of the white working class. After all, why shouldn't she feel some sense of entitlement? Her nomination was handed to her on a silver platter by the DNC; she had nearly every Mainstream Media outlet, political analyst, and Hollywood celebrity in her back pocket; and, she was projected to cruise to the White House riding a victory so large it would rival Ronald Reagan's 1984 electoral map. Or at least that's what they said. Look how that worked out for her.

Maybe Democrats simply think these people voted against their own self-interest and that they'll learn their lesson come 2020. I wouldn't be so sure of it. That kind of thinking burned Democrats in 2016, and if they're not careful it will burn them again in 2020. Democrats need to EARN those votes back if they are to have any realistic shot at the White House in 2020. If not, say hello to four more years of the Big Bad Orange Man.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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President Trump's Government Shutdown Is A Threat To National Security

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk."

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Just as Americans were settling in for the holiday season, President Trump intiated a shutdown of the federal government by rejecting any budget that did not include funding for a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. There is a four-way wrangle between, Mr. Trump, senators who are for the wall, senators who detest the wall, and senators who are clueless about what to do next. About 380,000 of federal government employees(civil servants and government contractors) are on unpaid leave while another 420,000 essential security personnel (FBI agents, Border Patrol, Secret Service agents, airport security agents, etc.) are working without pay. The shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still continuing in mid-January, 2019.

Mr. Trump's is asking for over $5.6 billion of homegrown American taxpayer dollars to complete the wall. Neither Mexico nor Central America countries have indicated any desire to pay for it, another promise Trump campaign on. Mr. Trump states that "Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers are entering our country" with consequences of "drug debts, violent murder, gang violence." Of course, we cannot allow that to happen. From his "state of emergency" and "TEXT BORDER" advertisement, it looks like America is in a war zone.

But are we?

A concrete or steel wall might be practical if there were a stamped of drug dealers, gangs, and violent criminals charging toward the U.S.-Mexico border. The only war zone there is on the U.S. Senate floor, where neither party nor the president can come to a conclusion about border funding. President Trump is also pushing for the establishment of the United States Space Force to keep our country safe. The issue is that if the country can't even maintain a ground force at the southern border, how can there be a Space Force?

On a more serious note, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be missing their first paycheck. While raising the minimum wage is debatable, receiving no pay is not. This past Christmas, many federal employees, and their families had to cut back on Christmas gifts and spending in general as they face financial hardship. That's not even the worst part. The 420,000 essential security personnel are forced to work for no pay because America cannot be kept safe without them. Recently, close to 21% of TSA employees, who work in airport security, have called in sick. The men and women who work in airport security usually earn an average starting salary of $15.50 an hour. Airports now have fewer screeners and security agents, which entails shutting down security lines or conduct more brief security checks. Longer lines will lead to more frustrated passengers and lateness for those traveling for business purposes. It is very likely that airports will move towards looser security check since impatient crowds of people aren't going to sit still. It is also possible that more people will avoid flying and drive instead-if the route is driveable.

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk." Bathrooms are unmaintained or closed, there are no rangers to ask for guidance or help, and few if no one to call in an emergency.

The FDA is affected by the shutdown, meaning food safety inspections will be conducted even less frequently, which will increase one's risk of foodborne illness, especially the elderly, those with weak immune systems and younger children.

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still in operation, but the staffing is down to 45 percent, which will reduce their capability to detect and prevent cyber security threats. These individuals already overworked, and not paying them would only decrease their morale, further lowering productivity. DHS was also received one of the lowest ranks in the best places to work in the government, which can lower prospects for seeking new employees to fill vital roles in government cybersecurity.

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