After the initial surprise wore off (I wouldn't call it shock, in my case), I started pondering the why of it myself. You see, I was a republican until Kasich quit the primaries. Now I'm undeclared. Both parties are fracked up. The GOP is spineless because they didn't disavow Trump a year ago when they should have, and the DNC is so unwilling to change that they rigged the primaries against Sanders (who should have run as an independent after all).
I'd like to believe that most of America is not racist, bigoted or sexist. Most Americans are decent, moral people. But nearly all of America is frustrated with the status quo (meaning the Big Picture, not just the Obama presidency and the GOP obstructionists). And a large portion of Trump's support had to come from middle America where manufacturing has been tanked due to outsourcing. So, probably the biggest percentage of Trump's support came from people voting against the status quo - which simply translates into "blame the current administration" (add to that the factor that either party seldom ever serves more than 2 terms in a row before the pendulum swings anyway).
Can President-Elect Trump pull off his campaign promises? I doubt it very much, but we'll see. He does appear to be adding like-minded... ...*must*resist*name*calling*... *people* to his cabinet. We'll also have to see whether the GOP controlled Congress will support or obstruct him going forward.
I thought Hillary gave a terrific and very gracious concession speech. She's one tough cookie to have survived two runs for the presidency.
But after Trump's vicious and disgusting campaign, I didn't think his acceptance speech was sincere. He is, after all, a pathological liar (and a narcissist), even if he weren't racist or sexist - he was just using despicable tactics to win (all that was important to him).
Remember too, that Hillary won the popular vote. So, never mind the Electoral College: half of the people who voted supported Trump and half supported Clinton. And we do have to find ways to work together for the good of everybody.
With time, I gain more confidence that our checks and balances system will prevent the most pessimistic predictions of a Trump presidency from coming true. But we'll see.
-10th Engineer Harrison
"“Your brunette,” was how Gleed had described her. What had given him that idea? Had she made some remark that he’d construed as complimentary because it had contained no reference to outsize ears?" - "And Then There Were None", Eric Frank Russell, 1951.