10 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Won the 2016 Presidential Election
December 3, 2016 Leave a comment
Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. How did she win? Here are 10 facts that offer an explanation.
1. Hillary Clinton received over 2.5 Million more votes than Donald Trump. Yes, the votes are still being counted and tallied, and Hillary Clinton’s huge lead continues to grow. Hillary Clinton has garnered almost as many votes in 2016 as Barack Obama did in 2012.
According to Dave Leip’s Atlas, Hillary Clinton has received over 65.2 Million votes, which is closely approaching the 65.9 Million votes that Obama received in 2012. That is the third highest number of votes received by any presidential candidate. Only Obama has received more votes, including a record 69.5 Million in 2008.
2. Democrats love jobs, jobs, jobs. Democratic presidents have proven success at creating more jobs over the last 30 years, both under Bill Clinton in the 1990’s and under Barack Obama in the last 8 years. The US economy has rebounded successfully during President Obama’s administration, after the terrible recession that began under George W. Bush.
At 4.6%, the current US unemployment rate is the lowest in 9 years, which means that more people have jobs. Plus, according to the Labor Department, there are over 5.5 million job openings still waiting to be filled!
3. The “Grab Them By The Pussy” tape was scathing. When the Access Hollywood videotape was revealed with Donald Trump saying things like “I moved on her like a bitch” and “Grab them by the pussy,” he was doomed. Those statements alone would turn off a lot of women voters who were considering voting for Donald Trump.
4. Most voters are women. According to CNN exit polls, 53% of voters were female, and the majority of those females (54%) voted for Hillary Clinton; while only 41% of females voted for Donald Trump. See #3 above.
5. Who cares about her damn emails? As Bernie Sanders said, “American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” He was right. The vast majority of voters did not care about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, which have no real impact on the lives of most everyday people. Yet, Donald Trump made this so-called ‘email scandal’ the center of his campaign against her, which was a losing strategy.
6. President Obama helped to get out the “popular” vote. With a high job approval rating of 57%, according to a recent CNN/ORC poll, President Obama is very popular, and most Americans believe he is doing a good job as president. By campaigning for Hillary Clinton and helping to convince voters to get out and vote, President Obama solidified a win for her.
7. Donald Trump cheated on his income taxes. The voters did not trust Donald Trump because he refused to release his tax returns for the public to see, and he also complained about being audited by the IRS every year for allegedly cheating on his tax returns. By hiding his tax returns, Donald Trump opened himself up to speculation that he became wealthy by not paying income taxes, which most working Americans are required to pay. During one of the presidential debates, Donald Trump even chuckled that he’s smart not to pay taxes.
Mitt Romney may have characterized Donald Trump best when he said, “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud… dishonesty is [his] hallmark… It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters… There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them… it’s a bombshell of unusual size.”
8. Hillary Clinton won all 3 of the presidential debates by a landslide. Enough said. It was very obvious that Hillary Clinton was more prepared and performed much better than Donald Trump in all three of the debates. Donald Trump appeared to lack the same passion and energy that he had exhibited during the Republican primary debates.
9. Hillary Clinton was way more qualified to be president. After successfully serving as Secretary of State, US Senator, and FLOTUS, there was no doubt in most voters’ minds that Hillary Clinton was more qualified than Donald Trump, who had never been elected to a public office, never run a public/government organization, and never served in government/military.
Furthermore, Hillary Clinton successfully explained the details of what her policies would be as president and how those policies would impact everyday Americans in a positive way. Conversely, Donald Trump appeared to be a disingenuous “flip-flopper,” changing his mind frequently regarding his policies and positions on key issues. It’s no wonder that, according to the Washington Times, Donald Trump has switched between Democratic and Republican parties at least 5 times.
10. Hillary Clinton graduated from Yale University. According to Wikipedia, more Presidents graduated from Yale and Harvard universities’ undergraduate and graduate programs than any other pair of top-tier universities. Hillary Clinton is a graduate of the prestigious Yale Law School, which is where she met Bill Clinton; while Donald Trump transferred to Wharton School of Finance after attending Fordham for two years.
In fact, all of the presidents in the last 28 years have been graduates of either Yale or Harvard, and both universities have a long history of graduates in public service.