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Trump won by promising ‘change’

Hillary

Clinton lost the election because many mainstream Democrats tired of the

arrogance, hypocrisies and insider elitism and abandoned her.

Just look at

her numbers: in 2012, Barack Obama won 65.4 million votes against Mitt Romney

(who got 61 million votes). In 2008, Obama won 69.6 million votes against John

McCain (who got 60 million votes).

Hillary

Clinton only received 60.9 million votes, slightly more than the 60.4 million

votes Donald J. Trump received. But Trump defeated Clinton in the

“battleground” states where it counted most: Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin

and North Carolina, earning 289 delegates while Clinton earned only 228.

One voting

block that rejected Clinton and supported Trump were the “Reagan Democrats,”

conservative Middle America Democrats disappointed with Obama.

Trump’s

supporters connected with criticism of Obamacare, which failed to provide

affordable healthcare. Insurance and prescription costs are rising through the

roof. Something must be done.

Trump’s

supporters worried about the rising terrorism threat from the Middle East.

Trump addressed it, somewhat awkwardly, but Hillary was AWOL on the issue.

Trump’s

supporters are concerned about rising illegal immigration from Mexico. Not all

Mexicans are violent criminals and rapist, but many of the illegal immigrants

that sneak across the border are. They engaged in human trafficking, drugs and

murders. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is a good example of the violence that

easily steps across the border, in part because of the corruption that

dominates the Mexican government.

On “60

Minutes,” Trump urged those who are intimidating Hispanics and Muslims to “stop

it.” He repeated what he said during the election that the media ignored, that

of the 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, about three million could

be criminals and should be arrested, deported or jailed. Trump will secure the

border first, then address the issue of the remaining immigrants whom he called

“good people.”

As for the

protesters? Many are haters and professional agitators who reject our democracy,

concerned only with their own empowerment. They must be prosecuted for their

violence, not coddled. If anything needs to be investigated, its charges that

the media ignored that Clinton activists orchestrated much of the violence at

Trump rallies against blacks, Hispanics, Muslims and gays.

The next

biggest loser in this election is the mainstream national news media. With only

few exceptions, the national media insisted Clinton would win and Trump would

lose.

Their

failure was epic.

Trump’s

supporters are sick and tired of the ignorant, biased and racist mainstream

American news media. The media distorted issues, twisted facts, and ignored

middle class concerns while championing the rights of special interest groups.

The media

protected Clinton while leading the attack on Trump. That’s what he meant by

“rigged.” The media exaggerated sex accusations against Trump but suppressed

accusations that Hillary Clinton enabled Bill Clinton’s sexual predatory

practices before, during and after his presidency.

The media

lied about Trump’s supporters characterizing them as “uneducated” and “racist.”

But Trump’s supporters included women (more than 40 percent), and blacks and

Hispanics (25 percent).

In Michigan,

the media claimed Muslims would carry Clinton. They ignored the majority of

Middle East voters, who are Christian Arabs and Chaldeans, and secular Muslims

who all overwhelmingly voted for Trump.

The issue of

the Muslim “ban” was exaggerated, too. But the news media doesn’t care about

Muslims. The news media is the driving force behind the increased anti-Muslim

and anti-Arab racism.

On Dec. 2,

2015, a Muslim husband and wife massacred 12 Americans and injured 22 others at

a Christmas party held at a San Bernardino Health Center.

Five days

later, Trump was asked by a reporter, what could be done? Trump said America

needed”a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United

States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The media

ignored that last part, but many Americans did not.

What brought

Trump’s supporters together? More than 90 percent of Trump’s supporters said

they wanted “change.”

I was moved

and impressed with Trump’s “60 Minutes” TV appearance. I think he will succeed

in making his vision a reality, to “make America great again.”

(Ray

Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and political

columnist. Email him [email protected])

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