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How Trump swept to power

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>> I say it is time for us to come together.>> He was counted out by the pundits, the pollsters and pretty much all of Washington, yet Donald Trump is going to be the next President. I'm here with Jim Malkin, our political reporter. Jim, tell me what was the keys to Donald Trump's victory?
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>> Well, it is still funny to talk about it, but yes, Trump did shock the world and what he really did is that he forged the plan way back in Republican primary. And he never deviated from it and it involved basically taking his message directly to voters who were neglected by both local parties who were talking about white, older voters in rural areas where jobs have been hard to come by.
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A lot of manufacturing jobs have disappeared and he took this message of anti-globalism, anti-free trade, anti-government to places like East Liverpool Ohio and Ashville North Carolina and Mobile Alabama and these were not stops other presidential candidates make. And the campaign's plan was to amass such margins in these areas in these rural areas that they could offset the urban advantages that Hillary Clinton had.
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>> Some of the very first words out of his mouth were bashing immigrants and just insulting people and alienating people right off the bat. Yet, it was that message, that strident message, that anti Washington message that seemed to attract enough people to his side, right?>> Well, and there is always the conventional wisdom of Washington was that you had to be part of this demographic change that we are seeing.
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The growth in the Hispanic vote, Millennials, Asian Americans. You needed a piece of that vote, he wanted to be competitive going forward and ultimately, that's still maybe true but what the Trump campaign figured was that there's still enough white conservative row of voters to offset that demographic change.
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And what Trump basically did is he spoke to voters whose afraid of that change. He exploited these demographic shifts, for the complete opposite purpose that Democrats use them. In other words, he wanted to say this country is changing, and you, voter, are the bow work against that change.
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>> He's in a position to deliver on a lot of his promises right now. He's got a Republican Congress that's gonna work with him, and he has wide latitude in the executive branch o do things, like, raise tariffs on Chinese imports, right?>> Yes. He's gonna have the ability to act on trade.
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Is he gonna drop the bill to build a wall along the southwest border. That will be a really polarizing issue but he's made that promise and, of course, over turning Obamacare. That's something the Republican party has been promising for years but in doing so, they're gonna be taking health insurance away from millions of Americans.
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So this is gonna get tricky very quickly for the Trump administration.>> I'm Andy Sullivan, and the Washington, a town that has been turned upside-down over night, we will see what the future holds.