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Results, Riots, Rigging, and More

Donald John Trump, Republican presidential candidate  (Photo by Gage Skidmore) (CC BY-SA) (Resized/Cropped)

(Photo by Gage Skidmore) (CC BY-SA) (Resized/Cropped)

On Tuesday, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, along with Senate and House majorities, and absolute blowout numbers at the state level all across America.
He defeated the most corrupt candidate in American history, a woman whom the FBI now tells us allowed classified information to fall into the hands of at least five foreign enemies, and a woman who would have used the Supreme Court to annihilate the First Amendment as well as the Second.

As her warm-up act.

Many of us have been more than a bit uneasy with Donald Trump. But as it began to dawn that all of us, our nation, our businesses, our churches, our families, had avoided the abyss, it was hard not to let out a deep sigh of relief. Trump at his worst will not be our enemy. There is still time for America.
What’s more, a six to seven seat Supreme Court majority composed of virtually any of the names on Trump’s lists might well do more to turn back the clock on the left’s annihilation of Constitutional boundaries than all the Republicans we’ll ever elect in our lifetimes.

We’ve survived an existential threat. We may well spend the next four years in partial frustration: we have before. But we won’t spend it in chains. And we might well see the dawn of a better – a greater – America none of us have dared imagine.

Just before press time, my buddy Jack Wheeler sent me this note. Jack is considered the architect of the Reagan Doctrine, among many other things.

On Wednesday November 9 at about 10am Nepal time (11:15pm Tuesday east coast time), I was on the shore of Lake Tilicho in the Himalayas, the highest lake in the world at 16,257 feet, when the satphone rang.

A friend called to tell us that Trump had won Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida. My heart leaped. A few minutes later, our friend called back to say he’d won Iowa. My knees almost buckled and I started to cry. I had hoped against hope this was possible and now it really was – Trump could actually win.

Our helicopters took us to the Hidden Kingdom of Lo near the border of Chinese Tibet. We got word that the electoral count was 244 to 203, that Pennsylvania was up for grabs. We drove to the remote Chhosar Sky Caves, where people lived in caves carved out of vertical cliffs 3,000 years ago.

The satphone rang again. I was some distance away. After the call, several in our group walked over to me to shake my hand and inform me the electoral count was 274. “Jack,” they said, “America has given you a wonderful birthday present – Donald Trump is the next President of the United States.”

Yes, November 9th is my birthday and I couldn’t have asked for a better present. America is saved, I thought. November 9th is World Freedom Day, as it’s the day in 1989 that the Berlin Wall fell. Now it’s also the day the Clinton Corruption Machine fell along with the entire Democrat-Enemedia Complex and the Global Elite.

Now we have a chance to make America America again. Providence is smiling upon our country once more.

To which I can only say, amen.

While the final popular vote count is still not in (and there’s some question as to whether Trump or Clinton will win it), the Electoral College was perfectly clear in the wee hours of election night:
Electoral College – Final

Yes, Donald Trump did exactly what he said he’d do from the beginning: he won legions of Rust Belt working class Democrats.

It’s hard to imagine any of our other Republican candidates managing that. Republicans last won Wisconsin in 1984. We last won Pennsylvania and Michigan in 1988. That’s 28 years, more than a generation.

But the bigger point is, Donald Trump just made Republicans the party of the working class. And Democrats are doing everything in their power to cement that.

It took no time whatsoever for the media to spin this. One popular line was that the voters Trump took from Clinton are old and will die soon, another was they were all ignorant, uneducated racists.
To this one must ask: were they all ignorant, uneducated, irredeemable deplorables in the last six or seven elections too? And does screaming at them in this fashion help or hurt Democrats’ chances in 2018 and 2020?

You tell me. But I know this. All our lives we’ve been told that Democrats were the party of the working class, the very same people they are now demonizing as idiots, haters and fools.

There’s an enormous opportunity in that which no one on Earth is better suited to seize than Donald J. Trump.

As with Brexit, learned opinion told us that were Trump elected, markets would crash. Leftist New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning “economist” (kind of like Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner) Paul Krugman warned that markets would “never recover”.

So of course the Dow surged to an all-time high.

By the way, Trump outperformed Mitt Romney with blacks and Hispanics(so much for the RINOs “superiority” in this vein). He also ran off with working class white women, against “the first woman President.”

The extent of Trump’s victory – and the downballot races that went with it – is so great that NeverTrumper Jonah Goldberg actually said the Republican Party hasn’t been so strong since the 1920s.

Even more amusing: the Columbus Dispatch reported on Wednesday that John Kasich had planned a major D.C. speech for the day after the election, to “recraft the Republican Party.” He “abruptly canceled” his speech Wednesday morning.

Bwuhahahahahahahaha!

And yes, Trump was right: the polls were rigged. I described this in some detail last week and I won’t repeat that here. However, when almost every single poll is wrong, and when almost every single poll oversamples one side by roughly the same amount, and when they did it in Britain – twice, first against Cameron and then against Brexit – and in Israel against Netanyahu, and in Kentucky against Bevin…

…the only remaining thing you need to ask is this:

Why didn’t any of these polls skew toward our side, ever? In multiple countries?
And suddenly, the light goes on.

Not to pat myself on the back too much, but as you probably realize, even though I personally supported only Southern Baptist candidates in the primary, my batting average as a prognosticator has been virtually .1000 throughout the entire cycle.

Part of the reason for that has been my belief that a Republican realignment is and has been genuinely possible. Trump believed this too, and made the first crucial step toward that happen. There’s more for him to win, if he’ll just listen to Kellyanne.

But another part has been my appreciation of just what “Make America Great Again” really meant. It’s not a mere slogan: potentially, at least, it’s an entire new metanarrative for the conservative movement, something Republicans have utterly lacked since the end of the Cold War.

I wrote at some length on the need for this, all the way back in 2010. I also formulated it much as Trump later did, although my “Keep America Number One” is nowhere near as good as his phrasing. I encourage you to read it. There is vastly more to this, and vastly more potential, than just the words themselves. They could change everything for us.

As long as I’m quoting smart people, here’s Peggy Noonan (no friend of the Trump candidacy) in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

“Donald Trump said he had a movement and he did. This is how you know. His presidential campaign was bad–disorganized, unprofessional, chaotic, ad hoc. There was no state-of-the-art get-out-the-vote effort–his voters got themselves out. There was no high-class, high-tech identifying of supporters–they identified themselves. They weren’t swayed by the barrage of brilliantly produced ads–those ads hardly materialized. This was not a triumph of modern campaign modes and ways. The people did this. As individuals within a movement.”

Yes, despite everyone on both left and right assuring us it wasn’t true, the Trump movement was indeed Brexit redux, complete with a silent, angry majority that was utterly fed-up with being called racist homophobic morons simply for living their lives, while their “enlightened” leadership focused on every niche leftist cause except their jobs and their futures. People who – once again – have been the working class backbone of the Democrat Party for a century.

Again, do you think an unending barrage of insults will help the Democrats recapture these people?
And what do you think might happen if Trump actually gets organized over the next four years?

What the Dems are doing certainly hasn’t been helping them at the state level.
Republicans already held 31 governors’ offices. Even after narrowly losing Pat McCrory in North Carolina (but not a veto-proof majority in his state legislature), Republicans now have 33, including a pickup in Bernie Sanders’s Vermont. 34 is the GOP’s all-time high. They also now have 29 state attorneys general, an all-time high, which is remarkable considering George Soros’ and Tom Steyer’s longtime effort to dominate these seats.

Republicans won the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century and reclaimed the Iowa Senate from Democrats, giving the GOP control of both legislative chambers and the governor’s offices in those states. Republicans now control 66 of the nation’s state legislative chambers, to Democrats’ 30.

It hasn’t been helping them in Congress either. Republicans retained overwhelming control of the House: with 3 seats still undecided, the balance stands at 239-193. The Dems picked up just 6 seats out of 435 in a year they believed they might win control. And in the Senate, the Pubs easily kept their majority, losing just 2 seats for a 52-48 balance in a year nearly everyone believed the Dems would take control.

It was not a good election for the pundits.
But it gets worse (or better, as the case may be): Republicans dominated their Senate races…except for the Republicans who ran against Donald Trump.

Now didn’t the NeverTrumpers promise us that Trump would kill the downballot? Oops.

 

Originally published on Rod Martin’s website.

Rod D. Martin, founder and CEO of The Martin Organization, is a technology entrepreneur, futurist, hedge fund manager, and professor. Fox Business News calls him a “tech guru”, Britain’s Guardian labeled him a “philosopher-capitalist”, and Gawker describes him as a “brilliant nonconformist.” He was a senior member of PayPal’s pre-IPO startup team and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy.

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