Donald Trump pulled off an election upset when he won a stunning victory over what many thought would be an automatic win for Hillary Clinton, to become the United States 45th president.
Adam Sheingate offered political analysis as to how this happened. He is a professor and political science chair at Johns Hopkins University. He teaches graduates and undergraduates on the subject of American politics. He is also the author of the book Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy via Oxford University Press.
What is your explanation for what happened?
Three consecutive presidential elections have not been won by a party since 1948. Ronald Reagan was succeeded by George H.W. Bush in 1988. So, what occurred during the November 2016 election shows the level of difficulty it can be for a party to repeat terms.
It is obvious people have been unhappy, fearful, and resentful when it comes to politics, but how people feel wasn’t fully understood by analysts. Surveys conducted asking people who they may vote for would uncover how people really feel and the true needs that need be addressed in their communities.
How would Donald Trump fit the Presidential Position?
Presidents have power but need to work with Congress; something Donald will have to do get what he wants to be done. Some believe Republicans may have more disagreements even though the GOP has control of the House and Senate.
These aspects along with a Trump administration could be worrisome but some are optimistic. The Supreme Court may get filed with a conservation option and immigration policy may become more complex.
How does America’s Democracy and those around the globe become affected by Trump’s win?
As an optimist, Sheingate feels American institutions are strong. Demagogues like Trump are not able to accumulate too much power thanks to the design of the Constitution. However, the position of president is stronger today than the days of meeting in Philadelphia with framers. Democracy has exploded in the last few months around the world and in the United States. Democracy is sensitive and should be handled carefully.
However, the position of president is stronger today than the days of meeting in Philadelphia with framers. Democracy has exploded in the last few months around the world and in the United States. Democracy is sensitive and should be handled carefully.