I can remember when Donald Trump was considering getting into the race for President — I was in favor of it.

Look, it was going to be a long slog to Nov. 8, 2016, so I thought he'd provide some entertainment along the way before we elected someone else our Commander-in-Chief.

Never did I imagine that he would wind up being chosen as the leader of the free world.

The chain of events that led to what, at one time, seemed like the unthinkable, is complex. There is no one reason why, in January, Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office.

It's true that he used bigotry, racism and misogyny to curry some favor. This is undeniable. It's not to say that all of the nearly 60 million folks who voted for him fall in that category, but there's no question he garnered some votes by saying some pretty awful things.

But, to me, the bigger factor at play here was Trump's position as a Washington D.C. outsider, and it's a fact the Democrats did not recognize.

You can say what you want about Trump — and there's plenty to say — but one thing he is not is a typical, bought-and-paid-for politician, whose pockets are lined with Wall Street money.

Now, his pockets are lined with money that should have been paid in taxes, but that's a fact largely ignored by his supporters.

To me, though, Trump's election represents a tipping point in establishment politics. People are frustrated and tired. They're tired of their leaders purporting to have their best interest in mind while, behind closed doors, doing whatever necessary to keep their big-money donors happy.

The Democrats had a candidate like that, but they went in the other direction. Bernie Sanders was that guy, but Democratic brass, instead, conspired to vault Hillary Clinton to the nomination, and party heads rolled as a result. Hillary was the "safe" choice to stop Trump.

Well, she failed. She was a flawed candidate who ran a terrible campaign, rarely — if ever — setting foot in crucial states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

What seemed like a foregone conclusion turned out to be anything but. It was a dramatic misread on the part of Democrats and if "blame" needs to be assigned for what happened Tuesday, it lies squarely on their shoulders.

Also, Democrats didn't go to the polls. Whether that was an assumption of the final outcome or disgust with the process that launched Hillary into the nomination, the fact remains that Democrats didn't show up Tuesday.

But, none of this matters now. No talk about the arcane insanity of the electoral college is necessary, either. Trump won, fair and square. He's going to be our President.

It makes no sense to root for Trump to fail. We, as a country, need him to succeed. Hold his feet to the fire when necessary? Absolutely. But this President needs to be supported like any other.

Respect the office, not the person holding it. This is a time to unify, and Trump will need to play a role in that.

No amount of hand-wringing over how we got to this point changes that.

Contact Managing Editor Adam Parkhouse at aparkhouse@thenewsdispatch.com or 1-219-214-4171.

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