Re: Was this an anti-woman anti-foreigner vote?
There is a huge disconnect in the "People wanted change", "New direction" idea and what actually happened. Yes, the unconventional candidate won. Congress remained virtually unchanged with the democrats making small gains, and virtually every establishment incumbent on both sides was reelected. One of these things is not like the other...either there was some mandate for change, and the voters are woefully uninformed about how our government works and think that the President can change things up while leaving congress virtually untouched. Remember, Trump was the anti republican establishment candidate, so voting for him to repudiate the republican establishment, yet reelecting virtually every republican establishment congressman makes no sense. The other possibility, and the one I think more likely is there was no broad mandate for change, just a referendum against Hillary Clinton, with a bit of the cult of personality effect thrown in.
I think the rate hikes bothered people. The senate candidate in my state won because he hammered on the rate hikes under Obamacare. It worked.
I don't think people realize what they are going to be giving up, though. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
One of the deepest feminine pleasures is when a man stands full, present, and unreactive in the midst of his woman's emotional storms. When he stays present with her, and loves her through the layers of wildness and closure, then she feels his trustability, and she can relax. -- David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man