So how did he do it!? How did Trump win? What did he do so right?
IMHO, it's really quite simple.
First, he spoke to the pressing issues concerning John & Jane Doe. Obamacare. Jobs. Safety. Simple, basic needs. If the government insists on having their sticky fingers in those particular pies, then the American people expects them to get it right.
Secondly, he understood what was going on, and I mean really going on. Oh, he doesn't talk about it much, but he's got his finger on the pulse of the so-called Conspiracy Theories. Let's just say that Alex Jones was the 61st person Trump called to thank after the election. He's "awake" and his crowds were "awake." No one really talked about it, but they knew.
Most importantly, he went to the people. Whistlestopping...by private jet.
Whistlestopping is as old as the hills. Historians trace it back to the campaign-by-train of William Henry Harrison in 1836. But my favorite whistlestopper was Harry Truman (D). In 1948, Truman, wife Bess and daughter Margaret traveled 31,000 miles and delivered 356 speeches from the caboose of their train, the Ferdinand Magellan.
As always, Frank Capra explained it best in Meet John Doe. Like Donald Trump, actor Gary Cooper (as John Doe) takes to the rails to bring a message of hope to America. As he travels from one rally to another, he ponders on why people come to see him speak?
Why did the crowds take off work to attend a Trump rally? Why did they queue up three hours before it started? Why was the line walking, by actual measurement, three miles just to reach the door. Why? Why did they do it when they could've comfortably live streamed it on YouTube.
Maybe they were lonely. Maybe they were hopeless. Maybe they needed to brush shoulders with other John and Jane Does who thought, felt and suffered like they did. Maybe they needed to feel hope again. Maybe they wanted to feel patriotic.
Maybe they wanted to encourage Donald Trump, to let him know that the nation was rallied behind him. Maybe they wanted to thank him for taking time off from his successful career and jet-setting lifestyle to bring our Ship of State back on course. Maybe they wanted to hear words like "freedom" and "Americanism" and "God bless America." Maybe they wanted to put their hand over their heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe they sensed this was not just a campaign, but a movement. And they wanted to be a part of history!
Maybe they loved America.
I love America as the Founding Fathers designed her more than life itself. And she's worth working, fighting and sacrificing. Here's my take on the election, President Trump and America, "a shining city on a hill."