Virtually everyone from media superstars to Average Joes on FaceBook are trumpeting their reasons for the unexpected (to them) Nov, 8, 2016, win of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, so why not me?
Here are my explanations, most of which others have suggested as well ... but I am saving my final and most devastating one, which I have not so far read elsewhere, for last.
1. Disaffection with "the system" and the search for an "outsider" to shake things up. Personally, I have never understood just how a robber-baron-capitalist is an outsider, but, hey, that's just me. What we DO have now is someone who has never served in any governmental capacity, is of dubious mental health and appears to have less notion than the average fifth-grader of how it works at even the most basic civics level.
2. Frustration with an American economy that, in many ways, never recovered from the hit it took nearly a decade ago and has genuinely left many folks behind. It has been recently reported that some 10 million able-bodied men of typical working age are not working and not even actively seeking to do so.
3. An immense desire among many to roll back the progress Western society has made over the past 100 years, especially abortion rights. This is what it may mean to our new overlord to "make America great again" if that is understood to take us back a century, with no regulation of food or drug safety, no provision for health care or financial support for seniors, no meaningful labor laws, no safe reproductive rights, and voting again restricted to straight rich white Christian men.
4. A public-radio program analyzed the upcoming election quite elegantly several weeks ago in terms of the major candidates being television programs. Hillary Clinton could, in that paradigm, be viewed as a show that has been on since 1992 and should have gone off the air years ago, whereas Trump is still-popular reality TV.
5. Slowly building backlash due to sexism, racism and classicism ... until 2008, virtually every president was been a rich white Christian man. Many U.S. citizens just never accepted a Black president and were damn sure not going to accept a female one. Someone I know terms this "the Tom Bradley effect." Bradley was the very popular Black mayor of Los Angeles in the 1970s who eventually ran for California governor. Poll after poll predicted his statewide win. He lost, definitively. The concept is that, long before the phrase "politically correct" was invented, people knew that "they should" seem to support a qualified person of color for governor, but, ultimately, they declined to do so.
6. And my final and perhaps saddest reason has to do with the 11th-hour revelations of our new POTUS' sexual attitudes and actions, which many observers saw as the end to his political ambitions. As is undisputed, Trump about a decade ago was recorded stating that someone with his wealth and power could simply assault anyone with no negative repercussions. Moreover, some dozen women have come forward to say that to differing extents he has actually done almost just that. Even worse, there have been allegations that some true victims were not even women but little girls in their early teens.
This character revelation obviously did not dissuade his supporters. They were not horrified. They were not shocked. In fact, for some, I believe that it was quite the opposite. They were titillated. They were envious. Far too many people in this world -- most, but not all, white, most, but not all, men, most, but not all, straight -- wish that this could be them. Their deepest, darkest, dearest desire is to be able to fuck anyone they wish, with absolutely no regard to any previous commitment of any party, age of majority, power imbalance or even consent.
We are a rape culture, and we have elected President Snow. Get ready for the Hunger Games.