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==Origin of the term==
The term "silent majority" first originated under [[Republican Party|Republican]] U.S. president [[Richard Nixon]]. Although it was Nixon who first used the phrase, it was his speechwriter, [[Pat Buchanan]], who actually created it.<ref>Alberta, Tim (2017). [http ‘The Ideas Made It, But I Didn’t’]. ''Politico Magazine'' (May/June 2017 edition). Retrieved April 22, 2017.</ref>
Nixon, who was elected [[President of the United States|president]] in [[United States presidential election, 1968|1968]], promised an end to the [[Vietnam War]].<ref name="CHNM">[ Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech]. ''''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> After he assumed office, Nixon decided against a quick withdrawal, as it would severely damage international trust and confidence in American leadership.<ref name="CHNM"/> However, [[liberal]] antiwar activists, who wanted a quick withdrawal regardless of its effects, were very unhappy and vocal in their unhappiness, staging at least one major protest in [[Washington D.C.]]<ref name="CHNM"/>
While the [[New Left]], antiwar protestors, and [[hippies]] vocally expressed their leftist views, a silent majority of Americans who had not given in to their agenda. In fact, a [[Gallup]] poll released soon after Nixon's November 1969 speech showed 77 percent of Americans in favor of Nixon's policy, despite the [[Anti-war|antiwar]] protests.<ref name="History"/>
The existence of the silent majority was further seen in the [[United States presidential election, 1972|1972 presidential election]]. Democrats nominated [[George McGovern]], likely the most [[left-wing]] nominee in history at that point. Large numbers of [[Democratic Party|Democrats]] abandoned the party and its nominee who was not in line with their traditional conservative values and voted for Nixon.<ref name="Britannica">[ United States presidential election of 1972]. ''Encyclopædia Britannica''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> Nixon was successfully able to point out McGovern's extreme views, and he won the election in one of the largest landslides in United States history.<ref name="Britannica"/><ref name="WaPo1972">Broder, David S. (November 8, 1972). [http Nixon Wins Landslide Victory; Democrats Hold Senate, House]. ''The Washington Post''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> Even traditionally Democrat states, such as [[West Virginia]], [[New York]], and [[Texas]], voted for Nixon (he won 49 states).<ref name="WaPo1972"/> As of 2016, the 1972 presidential election was the 4th largest landslide election in terms of the popular vote, and even larger than the [[United States presidential election, 1964|1964 presidential election]].<ref>[ Largest Landslide Victories In US Presidential Election History]. ''''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref>
==Other potential examples of the silent majority in U.S. history==
===Black silent majority===
During the 1960s and 70s, a silent majority existed in the [[African Americans|black community]] that opposed the undue sympathy of the liberal elites towards criminals and drug dealers.<ref name="Federalist">Grabar, Mary (May 5, 2016). [http The Forgotten History Of ‘The Black Silent Majority’]. ''The Federalist''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> Rather than condemning "police brutality", blaming crime and drug use on racism, or supporting the [[welfare state]] as a solution, they supported tougher crime laws.<ref name="Federalist"/> Some even supported [[capital punishment]] for these crimes.<ref name="Federalist"/>
===Reagan's majority===
[[Donald Trump]] frequently mentioned the silent majority in speeches during the [[2016 U.S. presidential election|2016 presidential election]].<ref>Sanders, Sam (January 22, 2016). [ Trump Champions The 'Silent Majority,' But What Does That Mean In 2016?]. ''NPR''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> While polling predicted [[Hillary Clinton]] would win easily, Trump performed significantly better than polling suggested.<ref>Mercer, Andrew; Deane, Claudia; McGeeney, Kyley (November 9, 2016). [ Why 2016 election polls missed their mark]. ''Pew Research Center''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref><ref name="FiveThirtyEight">Bialik, Carl; Enten, Harry (November 9, 2016). [ The Polls Missed Trump. We Asked Pollsters Why.]. ''FiveThirtyEight''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> Trump voters were underrepresented in polling samples, and it is possible that, because it is social taboo in mainstream society to support Trump, many voters did not state their real voting intentions to pollsters, even though that idea was rejected by some.<ref name="FiveThirtyEight"/>
Throughout the campaign and after the election, anti-Trump critics were extremely vocal about their views, while Trump supporters acted more discreet. Anti-Trump demonstrators caused massive disruption, stopping at least one Trump rally in Chicago, and after the election, they continued in their protests and violence. While Clinton narrowly won the nationwide popular vote (by about 2%), Trump won a large majority of the states (30.5, including Maine's second district; 61%).<ref>[ 2016 Presidential General Election Results]. ''Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections''. Retrieved December 18, 2016.</ref> In addition, Trump won 2,623 counties—the largest number for both a Republican or Democrat presidential candidate since [[Ronald Reagan]] in 1984—while the Democrats won only 489.<ref>Jacobson, Louis (December 4, 2016). [ Mike Pence says Donald Trump won most counties by a Republican since Ronald Reagan]. ''PolitiFact''. Retrieved December 4, 2016.</ref> Trump accordingly won 85 percent of the nation by land area.<ref>Wallace, Tim (November 16, 2016). [http The Two Americas of 2016]. ''The New York Times''. Retrieved December 5, 2016.</ref>
In the early days of Trump's presidency, polls generally showed low approval ratings. However, there is much evidence that conventional polling methods are once again inaccurate.<ref>Shepard, Steven (February 3, 2017). [http Donald Trump might be more popular than you think]. ''Politico''. Retrieved February 4, 2017.</ref>
===="Women's March"====
{{See also|Women's March}}
After Trump's inauguration, a vocal minority of leftist protesters staged "women's marches" around the world.<ref>Keneally, Meghan (January 22, 2017). [ More than 1 Million Rally at Women's Marches in US and Around World]. ''ABC News''. Retrieved January 22, 2017.</ref> This "women's march" was largely just a sham intended to bash President Trump and promote far-left and [[feminist]] ideology that hundreds of millions of women oppose.<ref name="LiberalTPs">Mcardle, Mairead (January 21, 2017). [ Women's March sports slew of liberal talking points]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved January 22, 2017.</ref> Additionally, [[pro-life]] groups were excluded from the D.C. march, even though they support the humane principle of opposing legalized murder.<ref name="LiberalTPs"/> Additionally, hateful leftist activists such as [[Madonna Ciccone|Madonna]]<ref>[ Madonna gives profanity-laced speech at Women's March in Washington]. ''Fox News''. January 21, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2017.</ref> and [[Ashley Judd]]<ref>Laila, Cristina (January 21, 2017). [http Unhinged! Ashley Judd Recites ‘Nasty Woman’ Poem At Women’s March (VIDEO)]. ''The Gateway Pundit''. Retrieved January 22, 2017.</ref> gave hateful, vulgar, and idiotic rants against Trump. These protesters forgot that Trump still managed to win about 42% of women and won a strong majority of about 53% of white women according to liberal "mainstream" exit polls.<ref>[ Presidential Results]. ''NBC News''. Retrieved January 22, 2017.</ref><ref>[ Exit polls]. ''CNN''. Retrieved January 22, 2017.</ref>
====Refugee suspension====
{{See also|Travel ban}}
Despite [[Trump Derangement Syndrome|major left-wing hysteria]] and criticism due to President Trump's executive order temporarily suspending refugee inflows and immigration from certain high-risk nations, 49 percent of the American public supported the decision compared to 41 percent opposed, according to the "mainstream" Reuters,<ref>Kahn, Chris (January 31, 2017). [http Exclusive: Only a third of Americans think Trump's travel ban will make them more safe]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved January 31, 2017.</ref> and 57% percent of likely American voters supported the ban according to Rasmussen.<ref>[ Most Support Temporary Ban on Newcomers from Terrorist Havens].'' January 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.</ref>
===Homosexual agenda===
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