A President Unlike Any Other…

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The 2016 presidential election winner Donald Trump fits no mold of any president before him. Of the 44 presidents before him, all but five held some political office or some political experience (Murse, 2019). Five Presidents served in the Continental Congress as delegates, 16 served in the U.S. Senate, 17 served as state governors, 19 served in the house of representatives, four were previously vice presidents. Of those five presidents with no prior political experience, three were career military men and considered war heroes. That leaves Herbert hoover who served as the secretary of commerce under two presidents, William Taft who served as secretary of war under President Theodore Roosevelt, and of course Donald Trump. Trump has never held a position as a public servant in the government elected or appointed. President Trump’s inexperience raises the question of how he overcame the initial 24-point deficit in June 2015 to beat a career politician Hillary Clinton, a former first lady, a former U.S. senator, and a former secretary of state under President Barack Obama, by 77 electoral college votes (270 to Win, n.d.). Was it the increased impact of twitter and Trump’s unconventional use? Trumps’ unprecedented rhetoric? Voter turnout? Or was it the mountain of other variables the impact elections?  

The 2016 presidential election was unlike any other, and the variables that determined its outcome were unlike any others. The new media age of the 21st-century presidential electoral arena set a precedent for media’s involvement in deciding the leader of the free world, and this Key in the primary contributing factors that led to the election of Donald Trump. I argue that the Political Incorrectness and Perceived Authenticity of Donald J. Trump’s rhetoric increased his popularity on twitter and mobilized his base to vote in the 2016 Presidential election. This rhetoric led to Trump becoming President-elect Trump because almost every presidential poll showed that Hillary Clinton was going to win in a landslide, and political pundits supported that notion.

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