Donald Trump not only beat the Democrats. Before that, he beat the Republicans. Dan Balz argues that Trump, in effect, is America’s first Independent president.
He doesn’t mention it, but Bernie Sanders is an actual Independent, who ran in the Democratic primaries. So this was the year a big proportion of Americans voted against both party establishments, though in the context of a two-party system. What Trump did, Balz says, is pull off a “hostile takeover” of the Republican party.
Read his argument after the jump, after which I offer a few thoughts of my own.