The consensus of comments from the pre-election snap poll participants articulated reader discontent with the candidates, the political class and the media. Here are some of our readers’ comments…
Trump is exactly what this country needs. The media and liberal smears against this man are indicative of their power and greed. I am also disappointed in several of the slanted comments made by Modern Trader — poor journalism.
—WF, Grand Junction, Colo.
The market will withstand whomever wins. The business cycle will take over as it always has, and grind on. Fear only lasts so long then it turns into opportunity.
—DM, Detroit, Mich.
This election cycle, though ugly, at least has exposed a great number of truths about the media and the political and financial establishment. Because Trump is such a flawed candidate, the mainstream media hasn’t even attempted to disguise its biased coverage of the election, whether it is Bloomberg plastering anti-Trump editorials all day in the top stories section for its terminal subscribers or Jeff Bezos ordering two dozen of his [Washington Post] reporters to go after Trump. Both the media and the political establishment have done everything they can to marginalize the third-party candidates in the race, whether it’s President Obama telling the nation that voting for third party is a wasted vote, or the media only reporting on Gary Johnson’s gaffes, or the (Commission on Presidential Debates) not allowing Johnson or Jill Stein [in the] debate. Of course, WikiLeaks has exposed how rigged the Democratic primary was, as well as all the dirty dealings that the Clinton campaign and DNC have perpetrated behind the scenes; something the mainstream media has done its best to suppress. The mainstream media also has continually tried to soften the narrative for both Clintons’ flaws — Hillary is just guilty of “secrecy” or occasional “bad judgment,” while any allegations of pay-to-play or other dirty dealings are just “conspiracy theories”.
—GP, New York, N.Y.
As painful as this election cycle has been it has revealed deep-seeded problems that exist in our government that if left unchecked could have severely damaged the fabric of our country. Hopefully this election will lead us towards a cleansing of Washington, which is the only way this country will continue to grow and prosper.
—MTN, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
One thing seems evident: whomever wins this election, the stock market, after a brief reaction, will continue on a much higher path. Capital inflows to the U.S. stock markets will continue in an aggressive manner as capital flees government bonds and overseas inflows continue. The election is only a diversion — any drop in the index will be a tremendous opportunity to buy.
—NS, Chicago, Ill.
This election represents the first time in my lifetime I can vote for a non-politician. Hopefully he won’t turn out to be as big a liar as all the previous oval office seat warmers.
As an American living abroad, all I hear is “what is going on in your country?” We are just too polarized. A two-party system is old school. We need more choices.
—JW, Calgary, AB
We are a nation divided. We can only come together when we realize that we are two different peoples needing to come together with compromise; real compromise.
—DH, Houston, Texas
The election seems to be more of who you are voting against than who you are supporting. As no one in their right mind would admit being for either of the major party candidates, I suspect the results of any polling to be random rather than indicative.
—PO, Arcadia, Mich.
This election has been the first election in many years where a candidate has not been tied to a globalist agenda where both parties are controlled by multinational corporations and non-government organizations.
He will be the first businessman to hold the office. No more lawyers.
—HF, Denver, Colo.
This election has proven that a candidate either has to be extremely wealthy or completely corrupt in order to win the nomination to be President. On both sides of the ticket, the more qualified and respectable nominees were overshadowed by the hype and polarizing chants of Trump or outplayed and underfunded by the backroom dealings and cash mongering machine of Clinton. The country has become so divided that the worst candidate from both parties, who the American people show overwhelmingly that they do not trust nor even like, who won the nominations. When either nominee is elected, their Presidency will either be cursed with ongoing investigations and scandals or bogged down by non-stop bickering, finger pointing, and name calling.
—RJP, Keller, Texas
This election has exposed the Ruling Class elites (both parties) and the ends they will go to preserve their grip on power. Only an outsider can (possibly) “overthrow” them...
—JDC, Sherrills Ford, N.C.
If the Republicans win, it will be a positive sign that we still have at least slightly more people pulling the wagon than riding in the wagon; and that is a good thing.
—DWC, Woodstock, Ga.
If the election highlights the corruption of the Washington establishment, especially the Clintons, then this long, drawn-out affair will have been worth it. I hope it is the beginning of a renaissance for America, with the Washington insiders (Clintons, Bushes, Kennedys) being exposed for the criminals they are.
–RA, Birmingham, Ala.
The election, like prices, has tested the “support” and “resistance” of the American people. This is of course a good thing; it’s the opportunity to define our boundaries or to extend them further. I don’t think that Trump is knowledgeable of politics, the financial or social [realms]. Having him as president, however, will allow [us to look] beyond the already established and predictable. As far as the ethical aspect is concerned, yeah, who can deny that he is crude, but perhaps we need some extremes.