People dismissing Trump probably wouldn't have given Lincoln a chance either.
Time Magazine named Donald J. Trump the "2016 Person of the Year of Theses Divided States of America."
I am reminded of another controversial Republican candidate who weathered the political storm rather well and became president of a divided nation His name was Abraham Lincoln.
In the 1860 presidential election, Abraham Lincoln was vilified by the press, called a baboon, a backwoodsman, and was a polarizing figure. Mr. Trump has also been vilified by the press, called names, and has been a polarizing figure.
Lincoln managed to get only 40 percent of the popular Vote and 180 electoral votes in a four-way race between northern Democratic candidate Stephen A. Douglas, southern Democratic candidate John C. Breckinridge, and Constitutional Union candidate John Bell.
In 1860, the country was on the brink of a Civil War. The country could not have been more divided as a nation on which direction the country should go on the issue of slavery. The result was 11 states seceding from the Union and forming the Confederate States of America.