Prior to 2016, Americans imposed pretty clear resume requirements on their presidents. Every man elected as #president
between 1789 and 2012 had either been a #vice
president, a #governor
, a #senator
, a #cabinet
, or a commanding #general—with
one exception. That exception was the foremost spokesman on the foremost issue of the day, and even he, #AbrahamLincoln
, had been a #congressman
So how did #DonaldTrump
, a man who has held none of the positions listed above, beat a former senator and cabinet secretary to #win
? In an #election
focused on #character
won on the #issues
The exit #polling
offers striking #evidence
of this. Those who viewed Trump favorably and Hillary Clinton unfavorably voted for him, of course, just as those who viewed Clinton favorably and Trump unfavorably voted for her. But among the 18 percent of voters who viewed neither candidate favorably, Trump beat Clinton by a whopping 20 points—49 percent to 29 percent (with the remainder either voting for a #third-party
candidate or not answering).
What’s more, among the 14 percent of voters who thought neither candidate was qualified, Trump won by 54 points (69 to 15 percent). Among the 5 percent who thought both were qualified, he won by 48 points (70 to 22 percent). Among the 14 percent who thought neither candidate had the right #temperament
, Trump won by 59 points (71 to 12 percent). Among the 6 percent who thought both did, he won by 58 points (77 to 19 percent).
In other words, when Americans didn’t view considerations of character or #experience
as decisive, they voted for Trump over #Clinton
by huge margins. They did so because four issues favored him— #immigration
, the #SupremeCourt
, and #Obamacare
—while no issues favored her.
Although the #Republican
would rather not think about it, #immigration
Prior to 2016, Americans imposed pretty clear resume requirements on their presidents. Every man elected as president between 1789 and 2012 had either been a vice president, a governor, a senator, a...