Monday, November 14, 2016

Curious why Trump won?

The talk of the town is the latest US Presidential Election. As you may recall Donald Trump was the Republican candidate and Hillary Clinton was the Democratic candidate. In the wee hours of November 9th Donald Trump obtained the needed 270 Electoral Votes to win the election.

Now one thing that needs to be said that there is still a very small chance that Trump won't become the next president. You see the people who cast the official Electoral College votes don't do so until sometime in December. Not only that but there is a little known and even lesser used clause.

The people who cast the Electoral Votes don't have to abide by the results of the election.

To put it more clearly despite Trump winning 290 Electoral Votes (Clinton had 228) the people who cast the official do not have to necessarily vote for Trump in December. Meaning that any number of those 290 can basically say, "I don't care what the Electoral Vote said, I'm voting Clinton.". Well if enough of them do this to result in Clinton getting the 270 Electoral Votes then boom Trump loses and Clinton is our next president.

Now while that sounds good on paper I worry that Clinton supporters are so excited for a possible saving grace that would prevent a Trump presidency that they are not going to pay any mind to why Clinton didn't get the 270 votes on November 8th.

Clinton lost the election for a few reasons. And frankly I think her fan-base is more responsible for her loss than she herself is.

1. She's a woman. I'm going to go ahead and get this one out of the way because most Clinton readers coming across this post will likely stick to this reason and ONLY this reason. There is no question that Clinton faced a unique set of roadblocks to getting into the White House because of her gender. However by no means is that the only reason she didn't win.

2. She talked in abstracts rather than specifics. Pop Quiz name something specific Clinton said she wants to do once in office. And I'm not talking "bring in a new era of peace" or "focus on equality" or "make positive change" something like that I'm talking specifics. I honestly can't think of one. On the other hand even for as much as I don't like Trump he gave specifics like "I want to build a wall to keep Mexicans out", "I want to impose limits on Congressional positions", and things like that. And Clinton's fans were even worse. I can recall conversations with some of her supporters where when asked what exactly is Clinton got in mind and they would reply with "ugh educate yourself".

If you have a chosen candidate and an opportunity to make your case comes up you can't condescendingly dismiss them and expect to still get support for your candidate.

3. Double standards. As I said above there are certainly things that came up in this election cycle that Clinton faced that a male candidate would not have. But those things are not an excuse to engage in your own hypocrisy. For just one example.

When Trump's "they let you grab them by the pussy" comment came out Clinton's fan-base was all over it. When Trump called Clinton a "nasty woman" Clinton's fan-base latched onto it and even tried to own it.

When a subset of the Sanders fan-base were dubbed "BernieBros" Clinton's fan-base was all over it demanding that Sanders himself call them out and denounce the behavior. 

When it came to light that Clinton trashed and shamed the women that accused her husband Bill has sexually assaulted them the Clinton fan-base was all over it....to say that its misogyny to hold her responsible for Bill's actions. Notice the slight of hand. When Hillary responded to women accusing her husband of sexual assault by shaming and trashing them, her fan-base framed it as saying she was responsible for Bill's actions and then said it was unfair to treat Hillary this way.

How can you call for denouncement when an opposing candidate do something bad, call for denouncements when an opposing candidate's fan-base does bad things but then reframe things when YOUR candidate does bad things to make her/him look like the victim? We're supposed to think that Clinton is not responsible for how SHE, not Bill, but SHE treated those women? How progressive of you.

4. Doubling down on labels. I'm going to be frank here. A lot of the Clinton support hinged on calling anyone that didn't vote for her a woman hating racist. That's it. It was supposed to be just so painfully obvious that Clinton was the right choice that the only possible reason you could have not supported her was because you're a woman hating racist. 

Thing is the Clinton fan-base rested its laurels on shaming people into voting for her instead of laying out what she was going to do or plan to do and show that she was better than Trump. Now I understand why someone would think that because Trump is a mess but at the same time they never stopped to think exactly how someone would respond to be told they are a woman hating racist if they don't vote for Clinton. No discussion. No nuance. No exchange of ideas. No attempt to convince. Just screaming at the top of the lungs that their candidate is the only good choice.

No one wants to be lectured at no matter how good the lecturer thinks their lecture is.

Also notice that nearly 40% of Americans didn't vote. More than enough people to have tipped the scales for Clinton. Maybe if the Clinton fan-base had talked to them in some other way than preemptive calling them woman hating racists some more of them would have gotten off their asses and voted.

Votes look for candidates to talk to them. To tell them they matter. To tell them they will at least try to alleviate their fears, solve their problems, and make positive changes. Clinton didn't do that for people and her fan-base sure as shit didn't do that.

5. Campaigning style. I'm not talking about Clinton herself on this one this is entirely on her fan-base. Her fan-base didn't campaign FOR Clinton. No they put the vast majority of their effort into campaigning AGAINST Trump. There was way to- little of "Clinton plans to do...." and way too much of "Check out this horrible thing that Trump did/said!". (MRAs, I want you to heed this one especially.)

6. Gender. Simply put her fan-base was way too fixated on getting A woman into the White House that they really didn't case that she was THE BEST candidate. Nope to them it was have vagina will win. Even now most of them won't believe that there is any reason to have not voted Clinton and will just assume sexism.

That's why she lost and its really showing itself now that the election has passed. 

What have a lot of Clinton supporters been doing since the election?

Spitting out post after post about who is to blame for Clinton losing and they blaming everyone from white men, to men in general, to white people in general, to racism, to sexism. and everything in between except their own actions. They have firmly decided that they did absolutely nothing wrong (despite the 4 reasons I listed above) to contribute to Clinton losing.

I really hope people in her fan-base and people on the Left in general take heed and realize they can't insult and shame their way into getting their candidate into the White House.

Let me finish by saying that I am not a Trump fan. I think he is at best an incompetent politician and at worst will be the equivalent of electing an upper class noble whose ruling style will be a nightmare to anyone that isn't upper class. I am saying that if you want to beat someone like that you can't sensationalize everything he does, label anyone that doesn't rail against him with no discussion, try to hide your candidate's flaws, and then put words in everyone's mouths when your candidate didn't win.


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