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2016 Result Proves Elites Still Clueless

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Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 01:19 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It is comforting for any losing campaign to console itself in the belief voters did not really understand the choice before them. But, it was not "fake news" or messaging problems that led voters to elect Donald Trump as our next president.

Whether or not you agree with their decision, it seems they knew exactly what they were doing.

For example, evangelical voters were told by political elites they should be skeptical of candidate Trump. His lifestyle and values were not in line with traditional Christian virtues.

That is absolutely true.

But evangelical voters recognized they were not voting for a saint or parish priest. They also recognized the other candidate did not share their views. Most important, perhaps, they recognized Judeo-Christian history is littered with examples of people who do not share their faith advancing the cause of their faith.

So, many evangelical leaders focused on what the job of the next president would be and singled out the importance of Supreme Court nominations. Among many Christians, there was a fear Hillary Clinton would appoint justices likely to erode America's longstanding commitment to religious freedom.

Many faith-based voters thus made the logical conclusion Trump would better serve their interests. The president-elect will soon announce his first Supreme Court nominee and indications are these voters were correct.

In other words, the political elites tried to mislead evangelical voters by getting them to focus on the personality of the man rather than the job he was seeking. There is no doubt most evangelicals would have rather voted for a man or woman who shared their views. But they did not have that option.

They also understood appointing Supreme Court Justices who could protect religious liberty was more important. As a result, 80 percent of evangelicals voted for Trump, just 16 percent for Clinton.

The same impact could be seen on immigration. Political elites from both parties have been dismissing public concerns about illegal immigration for decades. Many Trump voters do not support his promise to build a complete wall along the Mexican border.

But by making that a symbol of his views on illegal immigration, he clearly conveyed his rejection of the political class views on the subject.

Voters who consider illegal immigration an important issue have not had a champion in official Washington. Now they do. And among those who considered it the most important issue of the campaign, Trump won by a 64 percent to 33 percent margin.

And, of course, the president-elect capitalized on the political gift that keeps on giving for Republicans — Obamacare. Voters correctly understood a Clinton presidency would be more likely to expand that unpopular law than fix it.

Support for President Obama's signature law was always more tepid than the opposition. It is important to recognize this issue did more than just put a Republican president in the White House.

It gave him a majority to work with in both the U.S. House and Senate. It gave him and the Republican Party more power in state government than they have had since the 1920s.

In short, the election of Donald Trump as president came about because voters understood the issues and what was at stake.

Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is the author of "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," "In Search of Self-Governance," and "The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt." Read more reports from Scott Rasmussen — Click Here Now.

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It was not fake news or messaging problems that led voters to elect Donald Trump as president. It seems the voters knew exactly what they were doing. The election of Trump came about because voters understood the issues and what was at stake.
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