American History Facts:
President-elect Trump is First Citizen to be elected
Trump: America’s First Citizen President
Even before Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20th of next year, he has already made the history books.
In the 240 years of our Republic, not one person has ever been elected to the presidency without having served in public office or as a general of the Army.
On Election Day the American people picked one of the best-known businessmen in the nation to become its 45th president.
This news completely flummoxed the media and political establishment.
On election night at about 5 PM Eastern, I received a call from one of the top political guns in the country.
He told me the exit poll data and other tracking numbers were showing a Hillary win of 320 to 330 electoral votes. [The AP later confirmed that’s what the data was showing.] Practically every pollster in the nation had a similar opinion.
They were almost all wrong.
Shakespeare has this oft quoted line about killing all the lawyers, but I think we should just simply say kill the political experts.
That’s the remarkable thing about Donald Trump’s success: he relied on few political consultants and little polling. Trump never believed in experts.
As he said, to the consternation of some in the media, he thought he had a pretty good brain himself.
They laughed at him, but it turned out to be quite true.
In some ways he‘s like the Warren Buffett of politics.
Buffett remarked he never understood why people that drive Rolls-Royces seek stock advice from people on Wall Street who take the subway to work every day.
Here are my takeaways on a Trump presidency:
- Pragmatism. Donald Trump is not an ideologue. He believes in ideas, but only if they work. He primarily wants results. Expect opening moves that show he will have a sensible approach to governing. Don’t expect massive deportations or any blanket Muslim ban. Do expect quick deportations of illegal alien criminals and much more scrutiny of individuals coming from terrorist countries.
- A Policy President. Some presidents enjoy the managerial aspects of the job and they usually end up as disasters. Think Jimmy Carter. Trump will be much more Reaganesque in his approach, setting broad policies for his administration, but focusing his talents on selling those programs to Congress and the public.
- Bipartisan. We just went through one of the most bitter elections in history. Trump’s inclination is to be bipartisan. Remember, like Reagan, he was a Democrat most of his life. On a personal level many Democrats in the House and Senate will tell you that they like Trump. Trump is a deal guy, and he will work to bring a divided Congress together. Expect a major fix on Obamacare but not a full repeal. Trump will keep blanket health coverage for catastrophic care, but he will reduce costly mandates.