Ever since it became obvious that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will face each other in the 2016 presidential race, the two camps have been firing shots at each other, trying to tell the voting public that the other candidate knows very little about the real world.
Last week, the biggest event of 2016 took place and it was Donald Trump who correctly predicted its outcome. Hillary Clinton, not so much. We are, of course, talking about the historic decision of the British people to leave the European Union, a union of European countries that they became part of very early on.
The Brexit vote, as the referendum got to be known, took place on Thursday last week, on June 23, and the “Leave” option prevailed over the “Remain” option by 52 to 48 percent of the votes, putting into action UK’s departure from the continent’s enormous and extremely complex political union.
Before we get into the whole ”Trump predicting it correctly” thing, we should probably say a thing or two about the European Union.
The European Union traces its beginnings to the European Coal and Steel Commission from the early 1950s, which grew into the European Economic Community in the late 1950s. The United Kingdom became part of this European Economic Community in 1973 and it has been one of the most involved members ever since.
EEC officially became the European Union in 1993 and it currently has 28 member countries, after the departure of the United Kingdom.
The goal of the EU has traditionally been to provide economic support to the countries of the continent, many of which are too small to be economic power on their own, especially on the world stage. Together, however, the European Union constitutes about a quarter of the global GDP and it represents itself unitedly in the UN, the World Trade Organization, and the G8. To a certain extent, the united front that the EU represents greatly aids the member countries, especially politically and on the free trade front.
On the other hand, however, the EU is also a bureaucratic behemoth that is often excruciatingly ineffective and sluggish. In addition to this, it is a well-known fact that stronger, bigger countries often have to bail out the smaller ones, especially when it comes to unchecked immigration from those less well-off countries.
This unchecked immigration is exactly what caused Trump to predict that the British people would vote “Leave” in the referendum back in March when he talked to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.
Of course, there were many other reasons as to why some of the British people voted Leave, but Trump hit the nail on the head with his comment about,“the craziness that’s going on with the migration, with people pouring in all over the place.”
On the other hand, Hillary completely misjudged the UK voting public and therein lies the problem. She has gone on incessantly about how she understands foreign policy and international relations and then she fails to predict how a country as important and as big as the UK will vote in the most important referendum in the country’s more recent history.
The reason for this is that Hillary simply does not understand regular, ordinary people. It does not matter whether they live in London or in New York City; it does not matter if they live in Manchester or in St. Louis.
Hillary has lost all touch with anyone who doesn’t have billions in their bank accounts and there are no two ways about it.
To think that someone like that will be able to help the average American and work in their best interest is complete foolishness.
Hillary understands only big donors, big money, and people who can do favors for her. Everyone else dropped off her radar a long time now. In the best case scenario, ordinary folks are just this mindless rabble that she couldn’t understand if her life depended on it.
Someone who does not understand what the average Jane and Joe think and feel should not be the president of the most powerful country in the world.