(WJBK) - Donald Trump's ascension to the White House has taken much of the nation by surprise. Many are wondering, now, what lies ahead not only for the future of the country, but also for our nation's diplomatic relations.
FOX 2's political analyst Tim Skubick says Tuesday's results can be attributed to a wholesale redefinition of what both parties look like now.
"Donald Trump has turned all of this right on its ear," he says. "Traditionally it's the hard-working blue collar, white guy, less educated who was voting Democrat for all the years; that was the backbone of the Democratic party and the labor movement. Not so much anymore -- that was the backbone of the Donald Trump victory.
"And, in contrast, the well-educated, white, female, educated kids and people voted for her; they generally went Republican. So we have a complete redefinition of the political parties."
Donald Trump said he would win this thing with his coalition, and he did.
Part of the problem that Clinton had, Skubick says, is that she couldn't turn out the Black, African-American vote in areas where she needed a great big bounce, such as Detroit, Cleveland and Florida.
Also, the Libertarian party candidate, Gary Johnson, got 2 percent of the vote, which impacts results, too.
"You guys know, last night, a lot of those states were very, very close. Razor thin. That 2 percent of the vote, had most of it gone to Hillary Clinton, she might be the president today," Skubick says.
For those voters looking for a non politician, anti-establishment candidate, when the ninth-inning issue of the emails resurfaced and the Clinton Foundation issues came up, that appears to have fueled that argument for those voters that we have to get these career politicians out of Washington.
Skubick shared a personal story with us.
"About six weeks ago, I did a speech up on Mackinaw Island with a group of 500 government types. These are people who are in the game; they get it. I asked the audience how many people believe that experience is more important to be president of the United States. Half of the crowd applauded, and then I asked how many believe that having a noncareer politician is more important. Half of the crowd said yes.
"So, there was the story right there. Experience apparently doesn't mean squat when it comes to the president of the United States - especially if you're trying to send a message, and the Trump supporters were doing that. They want the swamp drained," Skubick says.
Republicans now maintain control of Congress and, so, although he's got some combative relationships with fellow Republicans, it does appear that Trump may be able to get some things done if he can get that support from his party.
"Remember, the regular Republican party wanted nothing to do with Donald Trump. He was toxic to them. Now he's their president," Skubick says. "So, there are two battle fronts that he's got. He's got to try to find a way to get them back in the fold, and to get some cooperation from Democrats in order to get his legislative agenda, whatever it is, passed. It will be interesting to see how the Democrats respond. Will they do to him what some of the Republicans did to President Obama when he first was elected. Remember what they said? 'We're not gonna help this guy; he's on his own.' Will the Democrats do the same thing to Donald Trump? We're about to find out."