It was not the pundits that drove Trump voters; it was utter disgust with sixteen years of inept leadership. Like the author, I traveled during the run up to the election. And, like the author, I was surprised at what I heard. A professional with an MBA who voted for Obama twice was voting for Trump. A fifty-year-old woman corrections officer had not voted in four presidential elections and was likewise voting for Trump. This was repeated over and over again. Most spoke in hushed tones for fear of their friends finding out but all had one thing in common: disgust with the status quo. Trump defeated the Clinton dynasty, the Obama cult of personality, the Bush dynasty, the press, academia and Hollywierd. All for half the money that Clinton spent. But less than Trump himself, it was what he represented: A raised middle finger to the powers that be.

Brian W. Loss