Americans voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because they didn't like Hillary Clinton
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Donald Trump represented a break from the political elite
Donald Trump was an outsider, Meanwhile, Hilary Clinton was seen as an established part of the US political elite many of the disenfranchised wanted to dismantle.
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In political theory, the elite are the richest, most powerful, best-educated, or best-trained group in society.
Americans believed that the problems politicians claim to have a solution for are problems created by the political elite. These include inequality, poverty, war, drugs, racism, and immigration. This kind of elitism is represented by politicians such as Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump represented the opposite of this group. Many of Trump's voters claimed they were actually voting "against Hillary", rather than for him specifically. They did not believe Trump was a qualified candidate, however voted him due to his anti-establishment outlook.
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