15 Winners and Losers of 2016

WINNER – President-Elect Donald Trump


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Donald Trump made the experts look like a bunch of idiots this year.

During the election, Donald Trump frequently changed positions — sometimes in the span of a single interview — but one thing he consistently managed to tap into was the alienation and anger felt by a significant portion of the American electorate.

Despite his flaws, he played the game well and understood that the specific content of his policies was less important than the emotional language he delivered them in. He was the outsider because of his celebrity, and he was the one who could “tell it like it is,” saying the things that most politicians were unable — or unwilling — to say.

Trump took everything that the experts thought they knew about politics and turned it on its head. He rode a wave of populist rage to the White House, and while only time will tell what sort of president he will be when he is inaugurated next year, we can safely say he was one of the biggest winners of 2016.