Inside Story

How did Donald Trump win the US presidential election?

How did the former reality TV star clinch victory over Hillary Clinton with a campaign marred by gaffes and controversy?

Anger and disappointment has spilled on to the streets of various US cities, with thousands of Americans rallying against Donald Trump’s surprising election victory

Trump, a 70-year-old business tycoon who has made disparaging remarks about women, African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, LGBTQ people and the disabled, won the presidency after securing more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

So how did he do it? 

And why are so many Americans angry with the political establishment and Hillary Clinton?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Allan Lichtman – Professor of history at the American University, Washington DC, and author of White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement

Clyde Wilcox – Professor of government at Georgetown University and author of Onward Christian Soldiers: The Religious Right in American Politics

Charlie Wolf – Political commentator and former communications director of Republicans Abroad.