The election is over, and to many it is a shock that Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States. This campaign was long, expensive and at times nasty (such as when Trump called Hillary Clinton nasty). This article is not about what drew people to the cadency of Donald Trump, but what made Clinton the democratic nominee, and drew people away from her.
I would state, that the election of Donald Trump had more to do with the fault of the Democratic Party picking a damaged candidate, as it was a vote for Trump himself. This may not be a popular view, especially considering what the pundits are stating, but remember these political pundits also predicted a Clinton victory.
Let us look at our future President. Pick any politician with the background of Trump, who has an abrasive attack style, lacks any internal control of what he says, and is by many accounts a misogynist. If this was any other election, against any other opponent, this should have been an electoral landslide for the Democrats.
So if this is the case, we must now observe Hillary Clinton, and why she did not have a landslide, but in fact, lost the election. There are several factors that must be examined and answered.
In 2008, Hillary Clinton first ran for the Democratic nominee, and was beaten by Barrack Obama. Obama was little known outside of the democratic circles, but seemed to gain grounds with younger voters. Clinton was then appointed as Secretary of State in the Obama Whitehouse; this position would be a curse and a blessing in one.
In 2016, there were many Democrats who believe that it was “Clinton’s Turn” as the nominee. This was based more on their loyalty to her, then reflecting on her as a candidate. This attitude was that she had a “right” to be president, overshadowed their reflection of her as a candidate and also misreading how stable their democratic base was.
Hillary Clinton was not unopposed in this primary, as Bernie Sanders mounted an impressive campaign of his own. With only swell of ground support and finances, he began becoming a major candidate in the primary. Attention to his candidacy was too little, too late, as the momentum for his candidacy could not overcome Clinton’s victories earlier lead in the primaries.
Clinton became the Democratic nominee for president. It also appeared that to many that the Democratic convention was more of a success then the republicans. However, even moving up in the polls, there were past demons waiting to sabotage her campaign. These would result in vicious attacks against her.
One of the reasons for the attacks toward Clinton, was, in fact, established years about by her husband, the former President Bill Clinton. To conservatives, Bill Clinton represented the elite of liberalism in the country. Hillary was slated to heading the revamping and restructuring health insurance in the 90’s, which now, being political made her eligible as a target. After he outmaneuvered the impeachment of him, and Republicans such a Newt Gingrich, lost their leadership positions because of the political backlash, the Clintons were not in the conservatives crosshairs.
Moving to when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, numerous events occurred when she was in office that would plague her. She was blamed for Benghazi attack, even though she was cleared by congress. Her use of a private email server would then be questioned, even though this was used in previous administrations.
One of the factors that helped defeat Clinton was overconfidence in her electorate. Clinton did not, or rarely, visited traditional Democratic leaning states like Wisconsin and Michigan. One the night of the election both of these states were almost 50/50 toward each nominee. It ended up Trump won Wisconsin, and Michigan is too close to call at the time of this article.
Clinton also relied on celebrity endorsements too heavily. Before the election she appeared with Beyoncé at a rally/concert. Political rallies are that, political, and concerts are entertainment; having singing and dancing is not correct, when you are trying to give information out to voters why they support you. This concert was held in Cleveland Oh. Clinton lost Ohio by a wide margin
All of these factors made Hillary Clinton an easy target. She would have baggage associated with her that could be easily manipulated.
Social Media and the internet, which seemed to help Barack Obama in his election, now seemed to work against Clinton. This was even the case, when Trump was mishandling his twitter account, and seemed to be thin skinned against criticism. Many conservatives began bombarding the internet with false stories about Hillary Clinton, which were then repeated through sites such as Facebook, and Twitter. To understand this, look at Alex Jones, who says he can smell brimstone and see flies around Obama and Clinton because they are possessed with demons. His site produced outrageously erroneous fake claims, but they were repeated over numerous sites. You would not believe how many of these fake news stories made it throughout social media. As the father of modern Psychology William James once said "There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it."
Some of these stories were rehashing of the Benghazi attacks, to her emails servers, to even ridiculous allegations that she was responsible for numerous deaths. Opponents of her would use these stories to nickname her, “Crooked Hilary”, and even “Killery”.
So now near the election (11 days before), James Comey the FBI director, reopens the email scandal that he cleared her in July. Before this revelation, Clinton almost led Trump by double digits numbers. When the information from the director was revealed, the trend began going to Trump. Many people also did early voting during this time and did so with the email controversy in back of their mind. It was on the weekend before the election (weekends are used by Politian’ to disseminate unfriendly information, because fewer people get it in the news cycle), that after reviewing the emails there was no change in his position he made previously about not prosecuting Clinton. Many pundits think Comey’s decision did not have an impact upon the election, however, look at the margins of Trump’s victories by certain states. Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, all were lost by her by 1 percentage point, these states in the Clinton columns would of meant she would be the next president.
If you still do not believe that Clinton was a damaged candidate going into the election, simply look at who supported Donald Trump. Almost all the major players in the Republican Party did not support Trump, or if they did, it was a lukewarm support. All the former living presidents stated they could not support Trump. Trump could basically only parade two celebrities around as supporting him, former star Scott Baio, and right-wing conservative Ted Nugent.
So the election is now over, the Democrats now have some soul-searching to do. They must look at what their party stands for, and also where it is headed. Nominating someone because “it is their turn” or somehow a right established unto them, will turn off voters. The democrats saw the success Bernie Sanders had in the primaries and they should have realized this would be an anti-establishment election. If anything, they can only hope that, as in most presidential terms, the off year election will go to them.
W.A. Rusho is an author, historian and professional wrestler. You can contact him by visiting his website, or email him.