The past week have been quite a rollercoaster for this country and the world. Many of us are still processing what this all means. While I’d like to get back to our regularly scheduled programming of technology, business, startup, fitness, and personal growth content here, I’m compelled to share my perspective on where we go from here.
While Trump is still only the President-elect and this story will be unfolding for a long time to come, here’s what I’ve gotten out of the election so far:
Charisma matters. People get fired up, donate, volunteer, and vote when they see a candidate that resonates with them on an emotional level. You saw that with Barack Obama, you saw that with Bernie Sanders, and you saw that with Donald Trump. Trump captured people’s attention, which earned him outsized media coverage early on, and signaled his anti-establishment brand by insulting just about everyone and not even being apologetic about it. I vehemently oppose his hateful rhetoric but I recognize that it was effective in winning the election.
When you aren’t excited about a candidate, you vote third-party or stay home. This is the counter point to the one above. I know of people who even turned out to vote and were against Trump, but were unwilling to vote for Hillary. And there were almost three times as many third party votes this year compared to 2012 with Millenial voters dramatically shifting to third-party candidates. This added up to millions more votes that would have easily changed the outcome of this election. Continue reading…