What are some people saying about the US election results?
Navin Nayak, Hillary Clinton’s lead opinion researcher:
“We believe that we lost this election in the last week. [FBI Director James] Comey’s letter [about investigating Hillary Clinton’s e-mails] in the last 11 days of the election…helped depress our turnout and also drove away some of our critical support among college-educated white voters — particularly in the suburbs.”
To all those out protesting Trump, the Donald had this to say via Twitter:
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
Not long after that, he posted a milder message, saying, in so many words, he appreciates their passion and concern for the country’s future. Someone might have told him that protests happen over every President, and that if he makes too many missteps, he’ll set a bad tone at the outset.
Then again, a bad tone has been long established in this country’s politics, well before Trump was ever born. Smoother, more polished and seasoned candidates are supposed to help us forget that, and make us think they have more integrity than their opponents. Of course, much of the “personal integrity” they espouse is simply image, or public relations. After all, if they had so much integrity, would they be doing those tacky campaigns at all?
Of course, Trump will be bad for the country, and other nations will have a hard time taking us seriously with an obnoxious reality TV star as President. At the same time, I wonder if Europeans see what I see regarding Hillary (and the others): Egocentricity and simple-mindedness, not entirely unlike Trump’s by any means.
That being said, some of what the Democratic Party (at least supposedly) represents is against the wishes of racists and sexists, who still have a say in the political system. Racists, sexists and homophobes can still win elections. Also, Democrats can still pretend Hillary Clinton was a saint (or whatever the hell they think), despite her support for the disastrous Iraq war — which killed plenty of Iraqis, destabilized their country, gave rise to ISIS, and also cost taxpayers at least 2 trillion dollars (an almost unthinkable sum of money).
The interests of college-educated white voters from the suburbs? Maybe we need to build a wall to keep them out, too.