In 2016, Jeb Bush was supposed to be the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee - 2 peas in the same elitist pod. When Republican voters nominated Trump, he was viewed as a joke that Hillary could easily defeat. In fact, Clinton and her campaigned actually wanted Trump to be the Republican nominee because he was viewed as the easiest to defeat in a general election. LOL, careful what you wish for!
When a nation is under the total control of a cabal of corrupt ruling elites, those folks will never voluntarily relinquish their absolute power. Elections mean NOTHING to them because until November 8, 2016, they controlled election outcomes. That's the date when all hell broke lose in America and a date that will go down in infamy. Donald J. Trump achieved the impossible - he defeated Hillary Clinton in a stunning Grand Finale that literally shocked the elites and media to their core. Before that historic election, the media marginalized and laughed at Trump by giving Hillary 90-95% probabilities of winning. She was expected to crush him in the Electoral College vote. Instead, he crushed her 306-232 by winning 6 states that Obama won TWICE - FL, OH, PA, MI, IA and WI. Clinton only had to win 3 of them (the right 3) to thump Trump and she couldn't even do that.
What went wrong for Hillary, the media and the elites? In an astounding unexpected turn of events, We the People rose up to reject the ruling elites. As Trump campaigned on Crooked Hillary themes, drain the swamp promises and populist messages for ordinary working class Americans, something sparked an explosion of anger with voters. These are ordinary folks who profoundly understood and believed that they were hung out to dry in an economic system that made the rich richer and the poor and middle classes poorer. At the core of Trump's campaign promises were: 1. a better deal for working class Americans and 2. a more peaceful foreign policy and less foreign interventions. Other issues that also weighed heavily were secure borders, immigration control, healthcare and 2nd amendment rights.
I'm not even a Republican but a Libertarian leaning antiwar independent voter who almost always votes 3rd party. My candidates have been Ron Paul and Rand Paul, Gary Johnson (2012) and Chuck Baldwin (2008). I have nothing but utter contempt for the Republican Party. Still, as I listened to Trump he not only grew on me but hit a lot of points that are near and dear to me like a better deal for working class Americans who have been crushed by corporatist trade agreements. In February, 2016, I laid out my case for voting for Trump, much to the consternation of Trump haters, Libertarians and establishment Republicans.
The Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Trump
I never regretted my Trump vote and while voting for him was indeed a huge risk, the alternative was a far worse option; a Hillary Clinton presidency was just too horrifying to even contemplate. Besides, Trump really is delivering on his campaign promises which unlike most candidates Trump did take very seriously. He has cut taxes, he's working on negotiating better trade deals, he's focused on the economy, he's cut regulations, he's trying to secure the border and his foreign policy thus far is making my heart sing. I vigorously supported his meeting with Kim Jung Un to resolve the North Korea issue and I also endorsed Trump's meeting with Putin. Trump seems to be 'interventionist light' and he's even talked about pulling out of Syria where Obama, Hillary and the neocons unleashed a horrific civil war by supporting ISIS Sunni terrorists.
19 months into his presidency, Trump has indeed accomplished a lot and far more than I ever expected. If any other president had accomplished what Trump has accomplished in such a short time, they'd be praised as the Second Coming. Precisely because Trump isn't a bona fide member of the ruling elite, he's being vilified for his extraordinary accomplishments. We've got the entire US media calling him a traitor for the crime of working toward peace and peaceful solutions to conflict. Go figure!
With the lowest black and Hispanic unemployment rates in history, the Trump economy is a tide that is lifting folks of all colors and races. For that incredible accomplishment, Trump is being labeled Hitler, a Nazi and a racist, and by the very same political and media elites who had no problem advocating for impoverishing them.
Yes, all of this absolutely does reek of INSANITY. Trump is doing what he promised to do and it's helping ALL Americans. Apparently, that is a crime according to the elites.
What Trump is actually doing is upsetting the apple cart of fascism and corporatism that have defined our economic system for far too many years. The trade agreements that are erroneously dubbed 'free trade agreements' are really nothing more than protectionist agreements where big corporations carve out spheres of control, monopoly and influence AND all at the expense of the American worker.
The bought and paid for neocons who are on the payroll of defense contractors that feed the Military Industrial Complex and its insatiable lust for endless wars are NOT happy with Trump's peace initiatives. Pressured to bomb Syria a 2nd time in April 2018, Trump appeased the neocons by authorizing a bombing that did very little damage and killed no one. The neocons wanted a massive and destructive bombing and didn't care how many Syrians were murdered; they would have taken out Damascus, a city of nearly 2 million people. Since the Russian military was operating in Syria and actually helping Syria rid itself of ISIS and Sunni Salafist Wahhabist terrorists, the mission did indeed require that Sec. Def. Mattis coordinate with the Russian military to avoid an escalation of the already volatile Russia-US relationship. I'm no fan of Mattis but at least the dude is sufficiently sane to NOT agitate for a war with Russia. The neocons were indeed livid that Trump's bombing was neither massive nor destructive and that it didn't result in regime change. Regime change is a top priority of the neocons but apparently isn't high on Trump's priorities; in fact it's something that Trump has wisely avoided.
If Trump, the People's president, is making America and the world a better, more prosperous and peaceful place, this is something that any sane individual could wholeheartedly applaud UNLESS of course one happens to be a fake American, fake news, fake patriot and fake humanitarian.
It's the swamp, the deep state and the elites that are fake, not Trump who is so out there REAL that the fakes are soiling their panties.