As many people did not expect the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections, there has been an unusual activity spotted by Google Trends. As it turns out, most of the Google search queries under "How did ... " are "How did Trump win," and most of the ones under "Why did ... " are "Why did Hillary lose."
The unexpected victory of the businessman over his counter-candidate, who would have been the first woman president of the United States, took people on the internet by surprise. The post-election panic is not only reflected on Google Trends search queries, but on the over 100 million results each of these has.
Trump also won the elections in terms of Google search popularity, holding at least 55 percent search interest. In terms of online activity, the interest rate on the search queries was compared with Brexit when it came to popularity and the correlation of the two in people's minds.
So, How Did Trump Win?
While there is no official explanation, (even the political analysis seem to disagree on the reasons why Donald Trump won the elections), there are a few factors that most of them agree had an influence on the overall result. One of these is that he is a wealthy businessman who created a large number of jobs for the American people, and another possible factor is the fact that people hate the elites when it comes to being represented, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Consequently, there have been a number of predictions of the businessman's victory, one of which stood out. It was formulated as the "last stand of the angry white man" and it starts from the premise that the majority of the population has a hard time adapting to the political correctness, from feminism movements to different ethnic minorities whose rights have been multiplied over the last years.
How Clinton Lost
According to The Guardian, one of the main factors why Hillary lost the election was what was called a "message vacuum." The fact that the selling point of her message was herself, and not a political platform, might have contributed to her loss, in the end.
"The campaign's strongest message was that she was uniquely qualified to become president. This was largely true, especially when compared with the grotesquely inexperienced Donald Trump, but big ideas took a backstage role," states The Guardian's article.
Despite the predominantly negative coverage in the mass media and the massive anti-Trump campaign, which could have cost the businessman the elections, the voters decided to go with the unpopular alternative.