What If Scandal Predicted How Trump Would Win The Election?

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If you’ve already jumped to the obvious conclusion — that Trump is clearly the inspiration behind Hollis Doyle and his bid for president in the latest season of Scandal — I'm asking you to dig deeper. I’m thinking season 2 deeper. You with me?

What if Donald Trump’s new gig is Defiance 2.0? If you'll recall, Olivia Pope, Mellie Grant, Verna Thornton, Cyrus Beene, and Hollis Doyle conspired on an election-rigging operation in the small Ohio town that landed Fitzgerald Grant in the White House.

There aren’t many similarities between Trump and fictional Prez Fitz, other than the fact that they both ran on the Republican ticket, are known to blur the lines of consent (one of my pet peeves about Scandal is that Liv’s protests only seem to turn Fitz on), and lack the common sense necessary to run the coun… Well, I guess they are pretty similar after all. One of them is certainly better looking, we’ll go with that.

But the circumstances surrounding Trump’s shocking win on Tuesday — the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, yet Trump still secured key swing states in order to defeat her — reminded me of one of television's biggest scandals. Bear with me.
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Outside of the obvious political gains at stake for Mellie, Verna, and Cyrus — and Olivia’s love for her married boo — Hollis had financial motives for getting Fitz to the White House. The Texan lobbyist wanted to build an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. While I can't point fingers at who exactly this person might be in Trump’s camp, I can’t imagine that he doesn’t have business associates who are going to benefit financially from his new position of power.
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Fitz and Trump both had powerful female campaign managers. Kellyanne Conway, who ran Trumps campaign, is a successful Republican woman who owns a research and consulting firm, The Polling Company/WomanTrend. According to the firm’s LinkedIn profile, they “have sought research and counsel on a variety of projects, by offering a wide range of primary and secondary, quantitative and qualitative consumer-centric research services, including polls, focus groups, media management, and alternative, cutting-edge research technologies.”

Sounds like the work Olivia Pope & Associates does on a daily basis. And I know that Liv wasn’t technically Fitz’s campaign manager; she was his media relations consultant. But c’mon. We all know she ran that campaign.
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In episode 11 of season 2, a Fitz staffer said that the presidential hopeful couldn’t afford to lose more than one of the following states: Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Nevada, Colorado, or North Carolina. To reflect the 2016 political map, let’s swap Nevada for Arizona, Colorado for Michigan, and Virginia for Pennsylvania. Trump won all of these states, including Ohio, where the rigged voting machines were placed in Scandal.
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Neither Trump nor Fitz were popular in the polls before they took office. During a private dinner with friends in episode 7, Fitz shared this anecdote with guests about his remarkable victory: “The secret to politics is never listen to the pollsters.” He went on to describe how the votes from Defiance, OH, seemed to defy the exit polls that predicted his demise. Sounds like the story of Trump’s entire campaign if you ask me.

Unlike some of Trump’s earlier comments about our democratic process, I trust that the American people have spoken and that our electoral system worked in the way that it was supposed to. But it couldn’t hurt to double check some of voting-machine memory cards. Just saying.
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