The media was wrong, the polls were wrong, and Nate Silver was wildly wrong. And as long as we are counting, I was wrong.
Before the first debate, I thought Trump would win. After the first debate, I was pretty confident Trump would lose.
In the final week, I changed my mind and thought the election was close. However, late polls suggested a Hillary victory, and I wrongly went with the break.
Biggest Upset in History
This was the biggest upset in US political history. Trump won on precisely the rationale I suggested over a year ago: disenfranchised workers, rust belt economics, and Wall Street bailouts under both parties.
Best Speech of Trump’s Life
In his victory speech, Trump made the best speech of his life in which he pledged I Will Be President for All Americans’
“I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace,” he continued, before thanking his family and the American people. “I’m mostly grateful to our President-elect, whose vision and leadership will make America great again,” he said. Pence then introduced Trump.
The soon-to-be-president started out thanking Hillary for her service to the country and saying that it was time for the country to “come together as one united people.”
“I pledge that I will be president for all Americans,” he said. He talked about “reaching out” to people who hadn’t supported him in the past, before praising those who did.
“It’s a movement comprised of Americans…who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will… I’ve spent my entire life in business looking at the untapped potential of projects and people all over the world. That is what I want to do for our country… The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
Trump has his work cut out for him. We should all wish him well.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock