Barry Soper is Newstalk ZB's Political Editor

Barry Soper: A kick in the guts for the establishment

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Presidential-elect Donald Trump told everyone the election was rigged. He was right. Photo / AP
Presidential-elect Donald Trump told everyone the election was rigged. He was right. Photo / AP

You're hired, the American public have told the star of the Apprentice reality TV show in no uncertain terms.

And in case anyone's surprised at Donald Trump's victory it was predicted by the late American journalist Henry Mencken almost 100 years ago in 1920 when he said: "As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

Okay the election was rigged, Trump told us time and time again, and he was right. Those polled weren't telling the truth, they were clearly ashamed of admitting they were going to vote for him, so the pollsters got it so wrong.

Like former Kiwi Prime Minister Jim Bolger once said, "bugger the pollsters", which is now the sentiment of American election watchers, a sentiment that will resonate with the thousands of Clinton supporters who waited for her victory speech for more than six hours at her campaign HQ in midtown Manhattan.

They were told to leave by her campaign chairman at 2am, saying she wasn't conceding defeat.

Within half an hour she had with Huma Abedin, her closest confidante, who inflicted the biggest headache during the dying stages of her campaign, call Trump's pretty blonde (we're now allowed to say it) campaign manager to say her boss wanted to talk to her boss.

Clinton told Trump she conceded and the blond, heavily sprayed hair was finally ruffled and he thanked her for being tough.

Supporters were disappointed when Hillary Clinton did not make an appearance last night. Photo / AP
Supporters were disappointed when Hillary Clinton did not make an appearance last night. Photo / AP

And that she'll have to be when he keeps his election promise and appoints a special prosecutor to investigate what he told us just a day before was the most crooked person ever to seek the nation's top political job.

This is a kick in the guts for the political establishment and the so-called elites and no one represented that more than Bill and Hillary Clinton.

And Trump essentially did it on his own, being abandoned by the Republican elite, including the two former Bush Presidents, and without the pulling power of pop stars. But truth is Americans love celebrities and Trump was one long before he threw his hair in the ring.

The new leader of the free world now means no one can now feel free of the prejudice, misogyny and racism that flows freely through his puckered lips.

After the call from Clinton, Trump appeared before the adoring crowd invited to his victory party and made a schmaltzy unpresidential speech mentioning the handful of mates who'd stuck by him. But Americans have clearly told him it's okay to be undisciplined; history won't want to pluck a Presidential epithet from his acceptance speech, and on last night's effort, there wasn't one.

He did say though that "America will no longer settle for anything but the best", which will surely amuse President Barack Obama whom he'll meet tomorrow the same man who said this week that Trump was the most unfit person ever to seek the office.

Barry Soper is in New York courtesy of Air New Zealand

- Newstalk ZB

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