Trump: Not a Politician, Not Establishment But a Barnstormer Who Still Shakes Up Washington
‘Trump Aftershock’ Author Stephen E. Strang: Donald Trump Was Swept into Office by a Wave of Support from Voters Who Were Sick of the Way Washington Does Business
ORLANDO, Fla.—When will enough be enough?
America is divided politically perhaps more than any other time in modern history. And Stephen E. Strang, a best-selling author who has released his newest book, “Trump Aftershock,” says that a fed-up feeling of frustration was what drove millions to vote President Donald Trump into office in 2016. It’s this same sentiment that could get him re-elected in 2020.
From over-the-top plans for a “green” environment and shocking abortion laws to endless congressional squabbling and a broken health care system, throngs of conservative citizens are still on board with Trump’s America-first agenda, Strang said.
“The elevation of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States was an act of desperation by the electorate,” Strang wrote in “Trump Aftershock.” “He was not the sort of person we had come to expect as an American president, but that ultimately proved to be his greatest advantage. He was not a politician. He was not part of the Beltway establishment. He was a barnstormer, a wrecking ball, and, true to his word, he was rattling windows in the White House even before he arrived.
“I’ll never forget the night Trump was elected,” he continued, “and I can tell you that for the party being evicted from the White House, Trump’s election hit like an earthquake, sending shock waves through the political establishment, the media and Washington watchers around the world. Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only one shaken by Trump’s victory, and the recriminations and finger-pointing had barely started when the leftist legions took to the streets and the anarchist recoil and resistance movement kicked in with full force.”
Strang said that conservative voters who were supporting other candidates in 2016 came around and boarded the “Trump Train” because they had seen more than enough of the so-called “progressive agenda.”
“We could see what political correctness and the Left’s idea of diversity and tolerance were doing to the country,” he said. “Trump was a long shot when he entered the fray, but he was saying what conservative and middle-class voters wanted to hear, and a large swath of the electorate realized that Clinton’s vision for America would only be more of the same radical ‘hope and change’ they’d suffered through for the past eight years.”
Part of Trump’s magnetism, Strang added, is not only that he is bold, outspoken, abrasive and unstoppable, but also because he understands the emotions of the men and women in Middle America, as well as the importance of the Christian vote—while his opponent referred to Trump’s evangelical supporters as a “basket of deplorables” and ignored the faith community entirely.
“Donald Trump was swept into office by a wave of support from voters who were sick of the way Washington does business,” Strang said. “They weren’t listening to the liberal media, and they weren’t responding to their polls. They had reached a tipping point, and they weren’t going to take it anymore. As Malcolm Gladwell pointed out in his 2000 best seller, ‘The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,’ revolutionary change often comes suddenly and without warning. It happens in nature, and it can happen with people as well.
“When a large enough group of people reaches a high enough level of frustration, there is often a spontaneous combustion,” Strang continued. “At first, the overlooked and disenfranchised group members attempt to speak. But if their concerns are ignored or rebuffed, and if there is no sign of improvement, there may be a sudden and irresistible explosion of resentment leading to an unprecedented change of direction. I believe this explains in large part the aftershock we’ve experienced ever since the 2016 election. Revolutions don’t just happen. They happen because of frustration, disappointments, insults and provocations of many kinds that compel people to respond in revolutionary ways. Whether they happen in politics or some other area of society, revolutions are always volatile phenomena.”
Millions of Americans, Strang said, feel the nation has been going in the wrong direction.
“The rhetoric we hear in the media, online, or from friends and family reflects the tension that is building in our society,” according to Strang. “All across the country ordinary Americans are joining forces and donating to candidates who’ve promised to challenge the direction our leaders have been taking us in for the past 40 years. There is no mistaking the emotion or the intensity of those who were crying out for change.”
“Trump Aftershock” explores the “president’s seismic impact on culture and faith in America” and uncovers unreported facts while objectively helping readers understand what the nation’s most unlikely and unconventional president has accomplished.
Stephen E. Strang is the best‐selling author of “God and Donald Trump.” The CEO and founder of Charisma Media, Strang was voted by TIME magazine as one of the most influential Evangelicals in America. He has traveled to more than 50 countries, has interviewed four U.S. presidents, and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBN, Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” and The Daily Caller.
“Trump Aftershock” is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians, including 14 New York Times best-sellers.