Given the unique nature of the 2016 Presidential Election, the outcome that had been so unexpected for many should perhaps have been more obvious. Republican candidate Donald J. Trump easily beat out Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton in the electoral vote, wholly surprising many. At the introduction of the 2016 election season, then-nominee Donald Trump was seen as an underdog to the far more established Republican and Democratic candidates, and as such his chances of winning were initially determined to be slim-to-none. Fast forward only a couple of months, and Donald Trump held a steady and ever-growing following that eventually led to his swift victory.
This has led many to wonder: what changed in American views, values, and people to warrant the victory of such an unconventional candidate? And consequently, what does this political shift signal for the future of American politics in general? I do not have an answer to the latter question, but I present a means to attempt to analyze the former, using the social media platform Reddit.