I blame a lot of people for making us have to deal with Trump in the White House.
- I blame the Russians, for pushing anti-Hillary stories in the media and for quite possibly hacking the vote in some areas of the country.
- I blame conservatives for putting aside their claims of moral superiority and “patriotism” and rallying behind Trump.
- I blame those evangelical Christians and others who chose to overlook Christ’s teachings to vote for a dick for president who violates everything they claim to believe in.
- I blame everyone who chose to look past his strongest constituency, racists and white nationalists, to vote for him, even though they knew it was wrong, and vote for him anyway.
- And make no mistake, I ALSO blame the far left idiots who constantly paraded through the media, calling Hillary “the lesser of two evils” and reinforcing the right wing meme, that Hillary Clinton was “dishonest” and a “hawk” and all sorts of other things, especially those brain-dead idiots who voted for Jill Stein.
Yeah, I’m talking to you, Susan Sarandon. I am also talking to those liberals, including friends or otherwise, who poisoned the well in the minds of a public that largely only hears about politics in a roundabout way. The actual culprit in this election, like many of the last 15-20 election cycles, was not that Trump was enormously popular, it was low turnout. And if you bother to listen to the people who didn’t show up to vote, you find a few very common themes. Some thought Hillary Clinton was such a shoo-in, they didn’t think their vote mattered. Some thought that there was no one worth voting for. Really. No choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Where would they get that idea? Another reason was that they figured Hillary Clinton’s emails were a non-starter, and she was likely to be impeached by the GOP Congress early on, so what was the point?
Again, where would anyone get such ideas from? Well, I remember seeing Susan Sarandon on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC gabfest, days or weeks before the election, when she implied that Hillary was no more than the “lesser of two evils.” On social media, Bernie Sanders diehards were all over, telling everyone how horrible Hillary was and that, if the only thing to sell her was that she was better than Trump, they saw no reason to encourage anyone to vote for her. There was also the fact that unicorn progressives and professional lefties don’t seem able to promote their favorite candidate without tearing down the other one. This is not only really poor political strategy, but they also claim that two years of tearing down Hillary had no effect, which is purely ignorant. I mean, if you don’t think your trashing of Hillary Clinton had an impact on her public perception, it should be really easy to shut up, right? .
And what was all the negativity based on? It certainly wasn’t based on reality. She was one of the greatest First Ladies of all time, setting a new standard for presidents’ wives in the future. As a Senator, she had a stellar record that most other Senators wished they could match, including Bernie Sanders. As Secretary of State, she was a key player when it came to bringing back the reputation of the United States from the Bush days and she put in more miles as anyone in State Department history, trying to bring peace around the world. When she left the State Department, she was praised as one of the greatest Secretaries of State of all time. Before she ran for president, she was routinely the most admired woman in the world, based on a global perspective. In fact, she was named that once again last year.
And no, she did not sell uranium. No, she did not advocate for war everywhere. She was responsible for security at Benghazi, but she was turned down by the GOP Congress and she was cleared by eight investigations, most of them conducted by Republicans. She has regretted her vote for the Iraq war for more than a decade. She did not pass on classified material to anyone who shouldn’t have it, based on several investigations. She admitted her decision to use a private server for email was a mistake, but if you know anything about the condition of the State Department servers in 2009, you can easily see it as a rational choice. Through 30 years of right wing smeans, she and her husband have been cleared on everything but a Bill’s consensual blowie from an intern. And all of the talk about “pay to play”? There was never any evidence of that. The Clinton Foundation’s records are 100% transparent. Anyone who wants to can see whatever they want and they will discover two things; they will note that none of the donations to the Foundations and meetings with the Secretary coincided at all and they will also note that no one in the family has ever taken a dime out of that Foundation.
And one more thing; all of the talk about Hillary taking money from Wall Street? That’s a lie, too. Donations from all financial services companies represented less than 5% of all donations and none was large enough to buy a favor from anyone in politics. See, here’s the thing; Hillary collected more than $1 billion in donations during the 2016 cycle, which means even a $1 million donation represents 1/1000th of her total haul. And if you look back at her career, there is zero evidence of “pay to play,” even when she could have presumably gotten away with it as Senator. All of the Clintons’ money comes from books and speeches and most of that goes into the Foundation. Capitalism is still legal.
And yet, to hear the professional left tell it, she was the second coming of Beelzebub, while Trump was the second coming of Satan. Only marginally better, according to these morons, which is why they refused to back Clinton with any force. Even when they said they planned to vote Clinton, there was always a qualifier, like “although she’s the lesser of two evils,” or “at least she’s a little more qualified” or “she’s better than Trump, although that’s not saying much.” At no point did the loudest voices in the progressive movement ever come out enthusiastically for Hillary Clinton, even though you could make a case that she is arguably the most qualified and accomplished candidate in US history. It’s easy to make a case, as both President Obama and former President Clinton did, that she was far more uplifted than either of them.
And please, stop telling me you didn’t think it would be this bad. Trump is doing exactly what he campaigned on. He’s doing exactly what the “Fuck You Caucus” that led the election to be close enough for the Russians to steal. Conceivably. 77,000 votes in three states made the difference. There is no way you #neverhillary people, or you Jill Stein or Gary Johnson voters or those who trashed Hillary in any way can escape all blame for what poor and minority people will have to endure for the next four years. You lied, it’s that simple. And while lies and negativity work for the right in their unending quest to depress turnout, doing the same works against us. If you can’t figure out how to be pro-Bernie or pro-Jill without being anti-Hillary, you need to grow the fuck up. It’s that simple.