(I wrote this the day after Trump won the election, but forgot to publish then).
The world is stunned by Donald Trump's victory in U.S. presidential elections. I'll add my nickel's worth to the discussion why he won.
Trump won because his voters saw others involve in ferocious identity politics, and decided to do the same.
There was Black Lives Matter, tuned to a frenzy so much that they claim that saying "all lives matter" is racism. Really?
There are the people who demand "safe spaces" in universities, to avoid being exposed to controversial ideas or anything that makes them uncomfortable. This is against the very purpose of university, which is to spread, discuss and debate ideas. It's bonkers.
There was the Occupy movement, ferociously partisan.
There are various movements for sexual activists, for example the use the toilets not matching the actual physical gender of people. It's an important matter for a few people out of a million, and it's going all the way to U.S. Supreme Court.
These countless identity movements have left a large part of Americans feel that they are, too, a minority group. At least that they are treated like a disrespected minority group. So why shouldn't they rally to a candidate who makes them feel like they're finally being listened to?
Their vote counts.