The Atlantic

What If 2016 Was a Fluke?

Instead of heralding a realignment, Donald Trump’s victory might have resulted from exceptional circumstances.
Source: Brittany Greeson / Getty

Donald Trump, like the prophet Joshua, understands the power of blowing his own horn. And like Joshua, Trump brought a wall tumbling down in 2016: the “blue wall” of states around the Great Lakes that supposedly gave Democrats an advantage in the Electoral College. Trump won not only the swing state of Ohio, but also Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and nearly Minnesota. Like Joshua’s victory at Jericho, the results heralded a new era—a realignment of those states and American politics writ large.

Or perhaps, like the biblical battle, the quick victory proved more an exception than a portent of things to come.

There’s still more than a month until Election Day (though an astonishing number of votes have already been cast), but current state polling suggests that if the election

Sie lesen eine Vorschau. Registrieren Sie sich, um mehr zu lesen.

Mehr von The Atlantic

The Atlantic2 min gelesenAmerican Government
Trump Doesn’t Care
You’re losing. You’re losing bad. You’re out of money. Your ads are coming off the air in must-win states. Here it is, the last chance to speak to a big national audience—and for free, really the last opportunity to win back voters who have drifted a
The Atlantic4 min gelesenAmerican Government
Trump Thinks He’s Found Biden’s Greatest Vulnerability
In targeting Hunter Biden, the president is waging psychological warfare against the Democratic nominee.
The Atlantic7 min gelesenPersonal Growth
Are We Trading Our Happiness for Modern Comforts?
“How to Build a Life” is a biweekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. One of the greatest paradoxes in American life is that while, on average, existence has gotten more comfortable over time, happiness has fallen.