The race for the White House between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald John Trump was so hot that the embers are still smouldering days after the smoke had cleared.
Many people have described the outcome as shocking, but nothing could be more shocking than the majority vote from white women that went to Trump. How did he do that? Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869, must have been turning in their graves.
We never knew that Trump had what it takes to do that magic, after all the things he had said about women, and after all the hoopla about women having the chance of a lifetime to actually rule the world.
Many people were so caught up with their affection for Hillary that they could not see the forest for the trees. As an artist who majored in painting, I knew I had to step back to get a better perspective of what was happening on that political canvas.
Days before the election, I went into my study and picked three books on Hillary and Trump that I had bought about four years back, but never had time to read.
The titles and authors of the books are: ‘What It Takes,’ written by Amy Henry, with a foreword by Donald Trump; ‘Living History’, by Hillary Rodham Clinton; ‘HILLARY – The Politics of Personal Destruction’, by David N. Bossie, the best-selling author of Intelligence Failure and former Chief Investigator for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, who made great efforts to deconstruct Hillary in his book.
Trump has been a star and an angel to many women. Most of his critics couldn’t see that he has a place in the hearts of these women. One of them is Amy Henry, who wrote the book, ‘What It Takes’, with much gratitude to Trump.
There was so much focus on Trump’s boisterous exterior that many people failed to see the true Trump. He did everything for effect, and it worked for him.
Like Republican political figures, such as the late President Ronald Regan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mayor Clint Eastwood, American women love actors and Trump was one, so to say.
After he had appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and had made cameo appearances in films and television series, Trump has become a folk hero of sort. He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015.
It was through this programme that Trump had inspired Amy and other women to succeed in their undertakings. He says in the foreword, written for ‘What It Takes’: “Amy Henry’s life has changed dramatically since her experience with me on The Apprentice. She had a successful career in the high-tech sector before interviewing for the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to work directly for me in a prestigious role at the Trump Organization.
“On the show, I continuously watched in amazement at her astonishing victory record—ten wins in a row. No matter where she went, her team always won. Was it Amy’s leadership ability, her team spirit, her positive attitude, her work ethic? I think it was a combination of many traits that demonstrated her solid business savvy. She made it further than any other female contestant and was one of the final four to face me in the boardroom. During The Apprentice, I consistently called Amy the team MVP because she was always the first-round draft pick and the first person stolen time I reshuffled the teams until I told everyone, “Enough!” By telling me Amy was the first person they wanted on their team, her competitors only made her look better. I thought it was a terrible move; I’d never do that if I were in their shoes.
“I must admit I was not at all surprised to see Amy rise above the competition on the show given her past successes off the show…
“When Amy told me she was writing a book, I was delighted that she had already learned my number one rule of business: tell people about your successes or else they will never know about them. Amy goes many steps further and shares lessons she has learned from mistakes as well as victories. Business is tough, and her advice can help you stay focused, speak directly, take risks, be a leader, earn respect, and think big, as well as get the recognition you deserve and the money you are worth. She may even share a few words of wisdom she learned from The Donald.
“I predict Amy will be a success at whatever she does. She’s got intelligence, discipline, pragmatism, and beauty, both inside and out. This woman has her bases covered, and I have to say that she was right to name her book after something I once said about her: Amy’s got what it takes.”
In her acknowledgments, Amy thanked Trump “for bringing The Apprentice to life and teaching me invaluable lessons for success in business.”
Experiences such as this must have contributed to most women showing preference for Trump over Hillary, who is their own.
The President-elect may not be a bad man after all.
- Kehinde is a public affairs analyst.