Donald Trump is one of America’s most controversial presidential candidates. He’s divided the American people and the world. However, there’s been a recent shift in the polling as well the tone in Trump’s message. He may emerge victorious.
In a truly stirring speech, Trump established his vision for a new America.
“American cars will travel the roads. American planes will soar the skies. And American ships will patrol the seas. American Steel will send new skyscrapers into the clouds. American hands will rebuild this nation.”
Trump’s message is precisely in tune with many of those in America who feel disenfranchised with the political establishment. Many working and middle class families feel successive governments of both colours, namely Barack Obama’s term in office, have left them worse off, increasingly regulated and caused America to become depleted from the world power she once was.
The message is also a powerful one. “American hands will rebuild this nation” is a passionate plea, a plea that offers hope.
As news channels are dominated by the fast-paced Chinese economy, as well as nuclear weapons tests in North Korea, America seems less hegemonic than it once was.
Almost like Will McAvoy, in the famous opening scene of ‘The Newsroom’, Trump believes America is not the inspirational nation it once was and radical change is needed to correct the journey the nation is on.
For many working class Americans, they have seen their communities depleted as jobs have continuously been outsourced to Asia, with steel workers and other occupations without livelihoods.
American veterans, men and women who have served bravely in the face of battle, are promised homes fit for heroes upon their return. In reality, they come back to homelessness, alcoholism and mental health disorders after being largely abandoned by their government.
The two groups just highlighted are likely to be stirred emotionally by the words of Trump, groups who have been left without a voice by so many presidents.
But it isn’t just those left behind who Trump appeals to.
It’s also many Americans who are irritated by petty party-politics and establishment mantra that has plagued the US political arena.
In most Western democracies, there is a rising tide against politicians and against globalisation. In the UK, people voted for Brexit partly due to their rejection of mass immigration from the poorer Eastern European states.
The US immigration system is broken, and 8 years of Obama have failed to fix it. It’s unlikely that Mexico will pay for Trump’s wall, but any radical solutions may seem worth experimenting with.
On the other hand, for many Americans, Trump remains a deeply divisive figure. His comments about Muslims, Syrian refugees and abortion will still hurt him with the more moderate voter base.
However, Hillary Clinton is far from innocent.
In the upcoming presidential debates, Trump will have an opportune moment to question Hillary’s integrity on her email scandal, her physical health and her private donations scandals. If Trump can appear like a statesman in these debates, he might just win the election in November.
If Clinton attempts to run a negative campaign, with her central focus being on #StopTrump instead of #VoteHilary, she might find that voters tire of her message if Trump continues with one of hope and change.
Whether you believe Trump would be a good president or not, he certainly offers something unique. In the same way that Brexit offered change for poor Brits, some surprising groups may go for Trump if it means a shift in the status quo.
He has definitely tapped into the feeling of decline amongst Americans and he potentially stands as a chance to reverse it.
Despite most of the negative coverage, Trump is well within a chance of winning the election. Everything’s to play for in the final weeks of the campaign.
“We will make America wealth again. We will make America strong again. We will make America great Again.”