Historians will write about the election phenomenon of 2016, for many years to come. The questions they will ask are: what role did the media play? What did other political party members say? How did foreign entities get involved in our elections? Why was President of Russia Vladimir Putin interested in our country’s election? Why did women reject a woman for President? How was the media totally irresponsible and inept in their reporting? When did Donald J. Trump’s rise to power begin? Why did both political parties allow this to happen?
Democrats and Republicans have always been at odds in politics. Since the election of Delano Roosevelt; Americans reached a tipping point even back then. After World War II, America wanted to help as many people as they could, and that theme has carried over into the 21st Century of politics. Since the New Deal was created it was a revolutionary boon for the Democratic party. Forever would the Democratic Party be favored for helping them survive after the war that devastated families who lost so much?
In the 21st Century, the political cu de ta’ began after the election of Ronald Reagan, praised for being one of the best Presidents there ever was. He was a quiet, stern, actor who decided to follow his passion for politics. But not too far into his first year as President came the Iran-Contra Affair. When the head of National Security Lt. Oliver North was caught selling arms to Iran-in spite of the embargo against it. As a result, we lost respect around the world. Ronald Reagan’s efforts were to eradicate Communism around the globe, which was a failed attempt to improve relations with Lebanon and increase influence in the troubled Middle East. Furthermore, seven American hostages were being held by Iranian terrorist. America’s negotiations with terrorists began under Republicans, my friends.
Coming into office, Ronald Reagan was admired for his honesty, but his shipping arms to Iran, and his promise to never deal with terrorist divided the country. Eventually, Lt. Oliver North was fired, but the country never totally forgave the Republicans for their deceit.
By the time the millennial came in 2000, George H. Bush had been President and started Desert Storm in the Middle East. Shortly afterward his challenger known as Governor Bill Clinton of Little Rock Arkansas sought to unseat the elder Bush, based on the failures of the war in Afghanistan. In his second term as President of the United States; Clinton became caught-up in the biggest consensual sex scandal in America. Clinton was found guilty of perjury while serving in the White House in 1988; for lying about having a sexual tryst with a WH intern, Monica Lewinsky. That incident was the beginning of the Democrats downward spiral in ethics and trust.
The Republican Party assigned a special prosecutor to investigate the scandal. It resulted in articles of impeachment brought against President Bill Clinton. He served his eight years but left in embarrassment and shame for what he did. The Republicans rejoiced at the outcome and people forgot about the Iran-Contra misdeeds.
Now, I have never seen a political party taken over by a civilian without background, experience, or ties to any particular political party. Donald J. Trump in the 1970’s was known as a wealthy New York playboy, who was thought to be a Democrat. But, it seems today he is nothing more than an interloper, and hand-made politician. However, he pulled off the biggest political cu de ta’ within the American political system. Due to Trumps close connections to political candidates that asked for money, he got to know how politics worked. Most times they took the money he said and did nothing to change America.
At the beginning of the political season 2016; which begins 16-months typically before the actual election, Donald J. Trump announced his desire to run for president of the United States in June 2015. Because of his socialite status, real estate developer, and businessman persona no one took him seriously. Mainstream media just laughed and laughed. And further to that point, he was a reality television star of a show called, The Apprentice on NBC, which successfully ran for eight consecutive years. Well, that’s an understatement if there ever was one for the position he has just won.
Trump took the golden escalator downward at Trump Towers with his wife Melania in front of him; he headed for the microphones. He spoke firmly about the reasons he wanted to run. He said, “America doesn’t win anymore.” Mexican’s have taken our jobs, and they are sending rapist and killers.” “They are not sending their best.” The media laughed and joked while Trump was setting his sights on the White House.
Once the anchors became hyper-critical of how he presented certain races and ethnic groups he stopped calling in for his daily fix of media updates. The time finally came for debates with other presidential hopefuls, and one-by-one like dominos Trump hit them on basic themes like; low energy, ugly faces, and little Marco became his favorite phrase. He told Rick Perry that when he wore his black glasses he was trying to look smarter than he looked, 4-years before. Again, the media anchors laughed.
It was unconventional and unheard of for a candidate to be so down-to-earth, so honest. Americans have become so use to seeing these stiff suits and robotic-clones running for President. The media played it down like; ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN. So, FOX News became the place Trump would go for comfort and belongingness. The pundits and talking heads were so captivated by Trump-they forgot to ask him the questions that should have been asked the day he announced his intentions.
At every rally, Trump would use his wittiness on the campaign trail and the audience would lose their minds with applause and laughter. They wanted to see and hear more, and more. Trump got better at his shtick and mocked disabled people, and gained a lot of attention as he coined his political opponents with insulting verbs like; Little Marco Rubio, Lying Ted Cruz, Low Energy Jeb. Make no mistake, the media laughed all the way to the bank and the ratings went through the roofs.
In addition to that, every time Donald J. Trump was on television, millions of viewers turned the channel to watch him. What would he say next? As his shtick turned into more insults; he turned to darker themes like deporting eleven million Mexicans, build a great big beautiful wall and make Mexico pay for it. It was a regular chant from Trump and voters loved him even more. Trump showed low tolerance for rally interrupters. It gave him a chance to show toughness by telling the crowds, “knock the hell out him would cha?” They did at one of his rallies-actually at several.
It was as if we were watching the wild-wild west show. Then, in Chicago people were fighting one another hand-to-hand at a rally that Trump never attended. Trump rallies grew as large as 25,00 or more. At the same time, Democratic challenger Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) grew as well and he was not putting on a comedy show. He was barely on any television talk shows.
We saw a different reflection from Hillary Clinton crowds; which were never that large and they weren’t inviting her on their talk shows either. Nor did you see much of any surrogates speaking on her behalf. The viewing public waited, but Bernie and Hillary’s relationship with the media never really materialized on the traditional cable networks. The pundits analyzed and dichotomized the two Democratic candidates for us.
By that time, Trump had coined the phrase, “Crooked Hillary,” it stuck. Along with “Crazy Bernie.” She never disputed his claim and nor did anyone else for that matter. Not one of her surrogates ever came on a show to depute that coined named that would define Clinton.
By the end of it all, she was one of the most bullied candidates running for the office of the Democratic Party with the media’s daily help. One, by ignoring that she was running, and two by not giving a broader opportunity to show all three candidates on a routine basis. Truly, it was the most unjust media bias I’ve ever experienced. Not including, sexist, misogynist, and racial media bias; which in the interest of space-I shall not discuss.
As a result, President Trump is the victor. The major television stations made billions of advertising dollars, as they stood by and allowed a man to run for president that has not been vetted by anyone. We still don’t know who is behind him, and for what purpose did he run, or who’s money supported this self-funded monstrosity. We have the cable digital television broadcast and social medias “greediest” to thank. That’s why I say: it’s the most outstanding cu de ta’ in American political history. In closing, a phrase “to the victor belongs the spoils” was said by New York Senator William L. Marcy after the victory of Jackson Democrats in the election of 1828. So it can be said about the defeat of Democrats by a New York real estate developer, Donald J. Trump.
Tracy has over 30 years of experience writing and organizing communications. She is working on a book and new website.
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