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Why did Americans vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election?
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Donald Trump represented a break from the political elite

Donald Trump was an outsider, Meanwhile, Hilary Clinton was seen as an established part of the US political elite many of the disenfranchised wanted to dismantle.


In political theory, the elite are the richest, most powerful, best-educated, or best-trained group in society.[1]

The Argument

Americans believed that the problems politicians claim to have a solution for are problems created by the political elite. These include inequality, poverty, war, drugs, racism, and immigration. This kind of elitism is represented by politicians such as Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump represented the opposite of this group. Many of Trump's voters claimed they were actually voting "against Hillary", rather than for him specifically.[2] They did not believe Trump was a qualified candidate, however voted him due to his anti-establishment outlook.

Counter arguments

Trump is not a break from the political elite, but rather a member of the elite himself. The combined wealth of the Trump family and administration cabinet members is extremely high.[3] His "anti-establishment" cabinet actually owns more wealth than the annual GDP of 87 countries.[4]



Rejecting the premises


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