I posted a rant on Facebook earlier today. I don’t have a lot of Facebook friends and tend to use Twitter much more for social media. I have well over 5,000 Twitter followers but the disadvantage of Twitter is that you cannot post long form thoughts like this on that platform, though for most things it remains far more useful than Facebook for me. That is why I Tweet probably twenty times as much as I post on Facebook.
For Democrats in denial a few things.
1- Not all Trump voters are racists. In fact most probably aren’t. They vote their fears which are mostly economic. We didn’t speak to them effectively enough instead choosing to play identity politics and scream in our liberal echo chambers. In fact, some of the white voters some of you LOVE TO DEMONIZE in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan who swung those states backed Barack Obama in 2008 and many stuck with him in 2012.
(not on Facebook but I will add it here – Some probably even voted for Bernie Sanders in the Primary and I have spoken to three different Floridians outside politics since the election who told me they voted Trump or Johnson but would have voted Sanders if he had been nominated. It’s easy to say after-the-fact but I believe some truth exists in that. Hillary Clinton’s track record and the perception of her as a politician that only cared about herself stuck with many.)
2- If these voters were racists why were they more motivated to defeat Hillary Clinton than President Obama? They weren’t. It’s lazy analysis from Democratic insiders trying to spread fear in our ranks to maintain some sort of control over the party and YOU the people on the grassroots level that make up this party and support our candidates. Cause driven people are problems so let’s demonize the other side, have the media which relies on Democratic insiders for info spew these lies and maintain control.
3- The idea that Trump is somehow illegitimate because he lost the popular vote is madness. He didn’t steal a state election like George W. Bush did to get his electoral college majority. He won the places that matter in our system fair and square. What he and the RNC did is sweep the large states where both campaigns competed heavily which indicates to me if the election were a national referendum, where state boundaries did not matter, he would have likely out organized the HRC DNC folks and won the popular vote. But that’s not how we select President’s in this country so under the rules he not only won but basically crushed us in the states that matter.
(not on Facebook but I will add it here – I support the electoral college as a way of preventing candidates from just flocking to large coastal cities or deep red areas to seek votes. I like the balance it brings. Should it be reformed into some other metric or unit rather than winner-take-all from 48 of the 50 states? Maybe, but the idea it should be eliminated is something I am likely to NEVER support.)
4- It’s worth noting the number of places in the state’s that mattered Tuesday where Hillary Clinton ran worse than Michael Dukakis or John Kerry who have been tarred by many in our party with labels such as “losers” and “terrible candidates.” That includes many places here in Florida.
5- We can take comfort in the growing advantage Democrats have in big cities. We cannot take comfort in that suburbs which favored Dems heavily from 1992 to 2012 in Presidential campaigns are beginning to shift again towards the GOP. Maybe Trump is a one-off and an establishment Republican would have fallen flat in the burbs the way Romney and McCain did? Who knows, but this is a worrying potential start of a trend.