An evangelical Christian political scientist says the 2016 presidential election came down to the American people choosing hope over despair. And a pioneer in the conservative movement says Donald Trump's victory is a rejection of the "ruling class" in America.
In a historical presidential election on Tuesday, Trump was able to overcome smear tactics, a biased media, and turncoats within his own Republican Party to pull off a populist win. His Electoral College win (279-228 at last count) surprised numerous pollsters who, at best, predicted he would have trouble topping the 200 mark. It's possible that when all state votes are final, he could exceed 300 electoral votes.
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Donald Trump's election victory on Tuesday may be the political revolution that stunned the world – but it didn't surprise everyone.
"I wasn't surprised at all," says Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas. The mega-church pastor has been with Donald Trump since the beginning. "I said from the very beginning I believed Donald Trump was the only candidate who could beat Hillary Clinton," he tells OneNewsNow.
Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary also wasn't blindsided. "I'm not surprised that Donald Trump has won. I'm pleased, but I'm not surprised," he shares.
Land says Trump is almost certainly going to follow through on his commitment to social conservative issues like life and marriage through his Supreme Court appointments. But it's possible his economic and military moves might ruffle some conservative feathers.
"I think that conservatives are going to be disappointed with Mr. Trump on many occasions," says Land. "They'll be pleased by some of the things he does; they'll be displeased by some of the things he does."
There were days when Gary Bauer of American Values thought Trump might not be able to get out of his own way and overcome a strong media bias. In the end, though, he says it was an election for the ages.
"It was an extraordinary upset," he says, "not only politically in the normal sense of that word; but it is a tremendous upset of the entire establishment of the United States – from Wall Street to Hollywood, from the university campuses to the highest levels of official Washington."
While many political pundits are in shock following Trump's victory, Dr. Charles W. Dunn, emeritus professor of government at Clemson University, predicted the billionaire businessman would pull it off. Trump, he says, "tapped into the mood of the country."
"[And he did that] like only rarely has a candidate tapped into it," he adds. "When a politician comes along who understands what the heart of America is thinking and feeling, that candidate can win."
According to Dunn, the American people didn't want four more years of despair. "[They] were fed up with what they had seen happen now over the last eight years of Obama and Clinton," the political scientist tells OneNewsNow. "They did not feel any hope with Hillary – and Donald Trump offered them hope.
"So when you get a candidate who offers hope against a candidate who offers the continuation of despair, the candidate who offers hope wins."
Richard Viguerie, chairman of Conservative HQ, believes Trump's victory is a stunning rejection of the political elite.
"This is a realigning election," Viguerie begins. "For over a hundred years, a coalition – the ruling class – has been governing America; sometimes the Republicans, sometimes the Democrats.
"There is now going to be a new coalition running this country, and it's going to be the Trump supporters, the populists, and the grassroots constitutional conservatives. They will form a coalition and govern America. And there will be major, major reforms coming here."
The conservative icon believes much of the damage Barack Obama has done while in the Oval Office will be undone very quickly.
"He showed disdain for our laws, our way of governing. He rammed through a piece of legislation – ObamaCare – with not a single Republican vote," he cites.
"So his legacy is going to be a divided America. He did not bring America back together. He tried to govern as a dictator, and he will disappear into the ash heap of history. I think his eight years of damage to the country will be mostly undone fairly soon."
Ohio pivotal ... again
The head of an Ohio-based political action committee says rural voters in Ohio and other Midwestern states made the difference in Donald Trump's victory.
As it has in many previous national contests, the Buckeye State proved to be pivotal in the election of a Republican president. But for Trump, wins in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin also showed that the working people of the Midwest wanted a change.
Phil Burress, chairman of the Citizens for Community Values Action PAC, credits rural Ohioans for the final result.
"The same thing that happened in Ohio happened in all the other Midwestern states: it was rural Ohio that showed up to vote," he offers.
"In 2004 we learned a big lesson with the marriage amendment. Bush lost five of the six major cities in Ohio and still won and it was rural Ohio that showed up. [In the state,] 76 of the 88 counties ... are Red, and if they show up to vote they win every time. And that's exactly what happened here."
Rural Ohio wasn't the only factor. Burress says the church is alive and well in Ohio. "We had pastors preaching from the pulpit [asking] people How can you possibly go vote for someone who wants to kill babies? For me, this is about the Supreme Court and it's about babies. That's really what it's all about."
CCV Action distributed more 800,000 voter guides in 5,000 churches during this election cycle.