“He is everything that everyone comes to America to achieve: success and hard work.” These words spoken by Miami native Allie Rivero were echoed during a 2015 campaign event featuring then candidate Donald J. Trump and throughout the general election. Allie Rivero was not a part of another political campaign, yet she was a patriot partaking in a movement that shocked the world. Hope was given back to middle class Americans who had been painfully ignored by the past administration.
During the eight years of the Obama Administration, the percent of Americans who consider themselves to be middle class has dropped by nine percent according to a Pew Research Study. President Obama won the election of 2008 by promising that he would restore the American Middle Class. Middle class Americans were tired of Obama’s empty promises and decided to shift their votes to an unusual candidate.
On June 16, 2015 real estate mogul and television star Donald Trump decided to run for President of the United States. During the first campaign stops he made, Trump pledged to put American workers, American values, and American children above anything else. This appealed to the middle class voters and shifted the campaign from a political stunt to a coalition. Donald Trump attracted white middle class voters the same way President Reagan had done in the 1980 election. Trump was able to pull in democrats from moderately blue states the same way President Reagan had.
These voters helped Candidate Trump become President Trump as he narrowly defeated the Democratic Nominee, Hillary Clinton. However, without white middle class voters, President Trump would have lost the election. For example, in the state of Florida, President Trump narrowly won the state by only one percent—a state which President Obama won back in 2012 against Republican Nominee Mitt Romney by the same margin.
In 2012, President Obama won the diverse county of Miami-Dade by nearly 200,000 votes. However in 2016, Hillary Clinton won the county by approximately 100,000 more votes than President Obama did and still lost the state. President Trump carried votes in white working class counties like Pinellas county which he was able to win by 5,000 votes. In 2012, President Obama won the county by nearly 25,000 votes. Another example would be Volusia County in North Florida where Candidate Romney won the county by a margin of approximately 3,000 votes. However, President Trump was able to win that county by about 34,000 votes. This truly shows how white working class Americans significantly changed the results of the 2016 election.
President Trump defied all odds and was able to win a victory for the American middle class workers. But now that he is president, many are asking what he will do for the middle class voters. President Trump has repeatedly promised that he would create jobs for American workers and has promised to repeal and replace the failing Obamacare bill. The president and congress are working on replacement bills as we speak and the president has announced new manufacturing jobs available in South Carolina.
“Trump represents the American Dream,” as was roared by Allie Rivero and other middle class Americans who believe that President Trump will Make the Middle Class Great Again.