So, as much as I didn’t want to see it (I was an Evan McMullin voter), Donald Trump is our new President Elect.
I found it interesting that virtually every commentator on every network covering the election results could not believe or understand what was happening. Wasn’t Hillary’s victory a foregone conclusion? The actual election just a formality? Apparently not. And I think it’s important to know why so few saw our new reality coming. Here are some of the more interesting opinions I’ve found floating out there.
Robby Soave, reason.com, blames political correctness:
My liberal critics rolled their eyes when I complained about political correctness. I hope they see things a little more clearly now. The left sorted everyone into identity groups and then told the people in the poorly-educated-white-male identity group that that’s the only bad one. It mocked the members of this group mercilessly. It punished them for not being woke enough. It called them racists…I warned that political-correctness-run-amok and liberal overreach would lead to a counter-revolution if unchecked. That counter-revolution just happened.
S.E. Cupp, NY Daily News, thinks it was simply that Hillary was a terrible candidate (spoiler: she really was):
Democrats will make the argument that FBI director James Comey and his last minute announcement is the reason but frankly, Democrats should not have nominated a person so damaged and unelectable if they wanted to confront the Republicans’ deep bench, Trump included.
Katherine Timpf of National Review calls out the recent demand on campuses for “safe spaces”:
First of all, let me say that I’m far from surprised that these kids are having mental breakdowns over this. Throughout the campaign, the mere sight of “Trump 2016” written in chalk was enough for students to demand a safe space. A professor at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington erased Trump chalkings on campus so students wouldn’t have to see them. A Bias Response Team at Skidmore College determined that writing “Make America Great Again” on dry-erase boards amounted to performing “racialized, targeted attacks.” Realizing that you are going to have to deal with Donald Trump being the president must be a hell of a lot to handle after you’ve been conditioned to believe you shouldn’t even have to deal with seeing his name or campaign slogan, so it makes a lot of sense that the reactions have been so extreme.
Joe Scarborough, I think, his the nail on the head regarding the mainstream media’s self-imposed blinders:
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) November 10, 2016
Lastly, one person who actually DID see this exact outcome, someone who’s opinions I have rarely agreed with; Michael Moore (lest I be accused of quoting too many right-leaning sources) wrote this before the election results:
1-Rust Belt Brexit: From Green Bay to Pittsburgh, this, my friends, is the middle of England – broken, depressed, struggling, the smokestacks strewn across the countryside with the carcass of what we use to call the Middle Class…What happened in the UK with Brexit is going to happen here.
2-Last Stand of the Angry White Man: There is a sense that the power has slipped out of their hands, that their way of doing things is no longer how things are done…This has to stop!
3-The Hillary Problem: No Democrat, and certainly no independent, is waking up on November 8th excited to run out and vote for Hillary the way they did the day Obama became president or when Bernie was on the primary ballot. The enthusiasm just isn’t there. And because this election is going to come down to just one thing — who drags the most people out of the house and gets them to the polls — Trump right now is in the catbird seat.
4-The Depressed Sanders Vote: When you’re young, you have zero tolerance for phonies and BS. Returning to the Clinton/Bush era for [millennials] is like suddenly having to pay for music, or using MySpace or carrying around one of those big-ass portable phones. They’re not going to vote for Trump; some will vote third party, but many will just stay home.
5-The Jesse Ventura Effect: Do not discount the electorate’s ability to be mischievous or underestimate how [m]any millions fancy themselves as closet anarchists once they draw the curtain and are all alone in the voting booth. It’s one of the few places left in society where there are no security cameras, no listening devices, no spouses, no kids, no boss, no cops, there’s not even a friggin’ time limit…There are no rules. And because of that, and the anger that so many have toward a broken political system, millions are going to vote for Trump not because they agree with him, not because they like his bigotry or ego, but just because they can. Just because it will upset the apple cart.
It will be
possibly terrifying interesting to see how things shake out with (come on, you have to learn to say it) PRESIDENT TRUMP running the show.
Long live the Republic.