US history tells us that a silent majority always played a major role in deciding the outcome US Presidential elections, and Richard Nixon, almost single-handedly grabbed power in 1969, with the backing of this silent majority, at a time he was facing some of the gravest setbacks of his career including failure to checkmate Soviet missiles in Cuba.
Nixon’s famous phrase: “And so tonight — to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans — I ask for your support,” appealing to patriotic, hard working Americans to give their president another chance that proved irresistible to US voters, following the Vietnam war protests back home.
The Presidential race of 2016, echoes similar sentiments and issues of 1970’s. The economy is in crisis, US foreign policy is in doldrums, as crisis in middle-east and Russia’s advancement’s in Eastern Europe and Ukraine put an end to US supremacy in the region.
Given, these circumstances, it is not surprising that the majority of US voters decided to elect Donald Trump as the the next US President today, despite personal scandals and arrogance that follow his magnanimous personality.
From the beginning of his Presidential race, Trump had addressed the silent majority, who figured prominently in his campaign placards. His slogan, “America first,” has been inspired from Reagan’s 1980 slogan “Let’s Make America Great Again.”
Trump chose the slogan, knowing very well its powerful impact on Americans, who know the meaning of the historical value of his campaign unlike Hillary’s PR dictated artificial campaigns.
Also, Trump managed to create an image among poor and working class that he is the only savior they can look to in this Election race.
Who supports Trump:
British Brexit supporter Nigel Farage said silent majority could create wonders for Trump, and predicted that he is a dark horse overruled by media, and pundits.
Farage said said that, “Any sensible gambler would go for Trump. It’s a good price and he’s got a chance.’
He even advised Trump not to talk much, which turned out to be correct.
“Everyone says it’s going to be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, and it’s all about turnout. The question is, has he inspired enough people out there who are not voters to go out and do their stuff?”