It was a rather shocking, yet nail-biting course to the final announcement, as most people up until election day were definitely expecting a Clinton win.
Mainstream media played a key role in influencing this perspective. While a massive number of mainstream organisations kept stating that polls support Clinton, little did we know that Americans were actually favouring Trump.
The above image actually proves how much support Trump has garnered over the year. There are some states such as New York, California, Oregon and Washington that generally vote Democratic and some states such as Kansas, Montana, Louisiana etc. that always vote Republican.
Therefore, support from 10-11 key states, also known as the ‘swing states’ generally play a key role in deciding the new leader of the country. These states would include Ohio, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, Colorado and New Hampshire.
Trump’s surprise victory in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and North Carolina tipped the scale in his favour to a large extent.People from all over the world are even more stunned to learn that competition was neck to neck in the few ‘swing states’, which Clinton somehow managed to secure.
Following news of his triumph over these states, Clinton called Trump to concede the race. However, she won’t be presenting a concession speech tonight. Democratic Campaign Chairman John Podesta told followers, “Everybody should head home…Get some sleep. We’ll have more to say tomorrow. It’s been a long night and a long campaign… We can wait a little longer, can’t we”?
From the start of election day, mainstream media has steered its efforts on publishing and highlighting Clinton’s small victories. An accurate conjecture would suggest that it was an attempt to shift focus from Trump’s performance while creating an illusion of victory for Clinton.
As Trump’s future presidency became incontestable, mainstream media started flooding articles embedded with social media posts from despaired Clinton supporters. A lot of organisations used scare tactics by portraying Trump’s victory as a natural disaster that would lead America into a bleak and dangerous future.
While Trump has often been criticised for his abrasive comments, sexist behaviour and racial slurs, Clinton’s reputation took a lethal blow with the scandal on leaked emails, information released by Wikileaks, her alleged funding of ISIS and her actions as Secretary of State. The Guardian journalists made a salient point in their election reports when they said, “Donald Trump shattered expectations… with an election night victory that revealed deep anti-establishment anger among American voters”.
We have now witnessed the growing power of social media and alternate media in this day and age. While mainstream media defamed Trump and hardly discussed Clinton’s scandals, as they spent most of their resources rendering her as a messiah, it seems people found other sources to help justify their opinion.
This election has effectively proved how mainstream media misleads their audience in order to skew their opinions. Unfortunately, they will continue doing so instead of analysing what actually made Americans choose Trump over Clinton. In the next few months we will see the media trying to speculate the so-called ‘impending doom’. However, with the choice of candidates on hand, the ‘impending doom’ was always inevitable.