Trump will be the next president of the United States.
Now, before you take up arms over that statement, take a minute to carefully peruse the evidence pointing to precisely such an outcome. Because – no matter your opinions concerning the maladroit, cocksure demagogue with a fondness for describing himself in the third person – it’s almost inevitable you’ll soon be calling him President Trump.
Take, for instance, Trump’s almost miraculously massive following’s aptitude in forcing the GOP establishment to its knees in concession once Ted Cruz and John Kasich abruptly withdrew their bids for the White House. As has rightly been reported, this indicates a Republican Party in utter disarray.
However, despite the chaos, Trump’s veritable chokehold on — and indiscriminate thwarting of — politics-as-usual became immediately apparent with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s capitulation that he would, indeed, support the presumptive nominee in whatever capacity necessary at the Republican National Convention.
Though GOP insiders might claim Trump’s wild success has ‘destroyed’ party tradition — and it arguably has — focusing on just the GOP downplays the ataxia unfolding on the other side of the aisle.
Controversy over Trump has been matched, if not surpassed, solely by the contentiously war-mongering — not to mention fundamentally mendacious — campaign of Hillary Clinton. Mystifying innumerable independent observers, Clinton’s dominance of the Democratic race for the presidency continually defies polls touting Bernie Sanders as the infinitely more popular candidate.
Granted, such polls are notoriously unreliable predictors of an actual vote, but their function as barometers of national opinion facilely illustrates trends that, over time, leave little room for doubt. Yet, as state after state holds primaries and caucuses, reports of potential electoral fraud and gross voter disenfranchisement explode in headlines and social media — turning any doubt about decisive poll results into an electoral gray area worthy of a closer look.
Such rampant corruption of the voting process demands meticulous consideration, as those more prone to question such discrepancies might justifiably conjecture whether Hillary Clinton’s zeal for office has trumped her obligation to adhere to the law.
Besides whatever shady wrangling may be taking place, however, the Democratic Party’s devotion to establishment narratives has cleaved a sharp rift — which likely won’t be bridged even after the next president sits at the helm.