It seems like the pollsters and leaders of the Democratic Party vastly underestimated the desire for wholesale change on the part of so many voters. They also took for granted the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, where thousands of workers without college degrees felt left behind by the economic recovery following the recession in 2008.
Donald Trump, aided by a huge amount of media coverage, proved to be a master manipulator of peoples fears about ISIS, having their guns taken away, jobs being stolen by illegal immigrants, and the U.S. losing its top billing in the world order. The Democrats nominated Hillary Clinton, she of the Clinton political dynasty, who came with baggage relating to her email issues and who was regarded as untrustworthy by a major segment of the populace. She also was not as eloquent as Barack Obama and struggled to relate to blue collar workers and young voters.
So we are left in a twilight zone of President-elect Donald Trump who seemed to be saying the right things and acting like a decent human being in the first few days since winning the election, that is until he chose the editor of Breitbush, a mouthpiece for the alt right movement, as his Chief Advisor. Since the election it seems that racism and bigotry are on the increase and protests have occurred in many cities across our nation. Donald Trump will face many difficult problems once he becomes President, including climate change, combatting terrorism(both domestic and foreign), increasing employment opportunities for blue collar workers(many who have lost their jobs to automation and improved technology), reforming health care and dealing with health issues of an aging population, and reducing the federal deficit. Trump will have a Republican Congress to work with, unlike Obama who was stonewalled by a fiercely oppositional group of Senators and Representatives when he took office in 2008. So we will see if Donald Trump has the temperament and judgement to manage these and other problems while hopefully making America a welcome place for all its citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. We can only hope that Trump will live up to his promise to be a President for ALL Americans and we will stand ready to make our voices heard in opposition when necessary to promote racial and gender equality, protecting the environment and lobbying for gun safety.