On November 8, to the disbelief and disappointment of the Democrat Party and the mainstream media (MSM), Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election. Befuddled pundits everywhere scramble to explain the inexplicable horror, and to imagine the horrors to come.
No one, of course, was more incredulous and distraught than Mrs. Clinton. Having spent $1.3 billion on her campaign (compared with $795 million spent by Mr. Trump) and having led in all of the "scientific" polls throughout the campaign, Clinton, surrounded by family, friends and advisers, celebrated her candidacy with a champagne toast while flying back to New York city, on November 7.
On election night, supporters awaited Clinton's arrival at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where an extravagant victory celebration had been planned. But, as Trump readied his victory speech at the New York Hilton Midtown, Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta arrived instead, with bad news: Clinton would make a statement in the morning. Perhaps she had not prepared a concession speech for that evening. The good news: "Fight Song", Clinton's campaign anthem, was played for the last time.
According to NYT op-ed columnist, Roger Cohen, Trump's victory was "the revenge of Middle America, above all of a white working-class America troubled by changing social and cultural mores — not every American loves choose-your-gender bathrooms — and by the shifting demographics that will make minorities the majority by midcentury."
The American National Election Studies, estimated in 2012 that 61% of white Americans are racist, up from 45% in 2008. Trump voters, in 2016, are no doubt 100% racist. Which no doubt prompted Democrat strategist Van Jones to assert, “This was a white-lash against a changing country. It was a white-lash against a black president in part, and that’s the part where the pain comes.”
And then there's the sexism pain, as if the incessant play of "Fight Song" wasn't excruciating enough. Women are disgusted by Trump's vulgar comments disparaging them. Some are still stewing over Trump's infamous "grab them by the pussy" video, the words of which, tweeted clever Sara Schauer, can be rearranged to spell "hurt them gypsy babes". The pain of male-lash was palpable at the Javits Center, where women wearing THE FUTURE IS FEMALE T-shirts and carrying LGBTQ QUEER tote bags could not hold back their tears. Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter explained that Trump was "a testosterone candidate and men weren't ready for a woman president.” To console these now disempowered females, the Huffington Post ran “I Voted With My Vagina And I’m Proud Of It.” Buzzfeed senior editor Rachel Miller tweeted: “Pretty sure this experience is worse than any cringey butt sex, Cosmo, but ok” -- apparently after having voted with her ass.
Trump, however, won the election by garnering the support of deplorable (racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes, and Islamophobes) white male and female voters. According to an AP survey, Trump won 7 in 10 votes from non-college-educated white men and 6 in 10 votes from non-college-educated white women. Thus, working class white people -- that is, ignorant white racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes, and Islamophobes -- elected Trump.
Alas, white middle class America, which had been abandoned by the Democrat Party decades earlier in favor of the ascendant liberal coalition of minorities and coddled students, handed victory to Trump -- doing so in an astounding rebuke of the corruption and incompetence that flourishes in the souls of Hillary Clinton, Washington D.C., and the MSM. How did Democrats not see it coming?
That Trump is much more than a racist and a sexist made his victory even more astounding. Elite pundits tell us that he is an idiot who threatens America's progressive agenda as well as political correctness, its enforcement mechanism that suffocates intellectual curiosity while aerating emotional fragility. In an open letter to his daughter, Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin wrote that Trump was a " thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world," bleating that "the Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life."
He is "a dictator-in-waiting with a brat’s temper and a prig’s scowl," says Cohen, who lamented that Democrats were "running out of words to describe him: this phony, this liar, this blowhard, this cheat, this bully, this misogynist, this demagogue, this predator, this bigot, this bore, this egomaniac, this racist, this sexist, this sociopath." But Alter didn't run out. Comparing the Trump crisis to America's enemy in World War II, he exhorted that Trump "will be a new menace,” more troubling than Nazism. This super-Hitler.
Cohen, Alter, Sorkin, and the rest of the unbearably smug liberal media, worry that their prolific "know-it-all, 140-character sermons on social media" have not shamed and mocked America's unwashed morons enough to suppress the loud obnoxious voice that clamors for "America First". Coupling Trump's abhorrent pabulum to "make America great again" with the recent Brexit vote to leave the European Union, they fear that Trump will disrupt existing international order. It is a fear that prompted German newspapers to refer to Trump as the “Horror-Clown" and French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, to tweet, “A world is collapsing before our eyes.”
In fairness to Cohen, Alter, et al, as elite mainstream pundits, they probably haven't noticed the intense populist, nativist, nationalist, closed-border movements that already exist in Europe, and are rapidly spreading to other parts of the world.
And let's not forget Mr. Trump's nefarious ties to Vladimir Putin or his insidious plan to abandon NATO allies. Putin, at Trump's request, conspired with FBI director James Comey, to sabotage Clinton's election hopes -- causing pundit Michael Smerconish to tweet, “Changing my @TIME 2016 person of yr prediction (who most influenced news) to James Comey #ElectionNight” and Atlantic senior editor Adam Serwer to tweet “Congratulations to Vladimir Putin, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Democrats and establishment Republicans worry that Trump will reform NATO, modernizing it to deal with radical Islamic terrorism, and requiring each member nation to pay its fair share. Journalism professor Henrik Müller sounded the alarm in Der Spiegel, calling it “the end of an era.” "Europe," said the outraged professor, "would have to take care of its own security.”
For most NATO nations, the nuclear war that Trump is expected to start would be preferable to paying their own way. Or to his first clumsy thrust into foreign policy when, as the likes of Araud and Müller might suspect, Trump will travel to Brussels, where he will dissolve America's NATO alliance, continuing on to Moscow, where he will present plans to erect a Trump Tower next door to the Kremlin, right after a brief stop in Berlin, where he will grab Angela Merkel by the pussy.
Disruptions of even greater magnitude are expected at home, particularly to the principal constituencies of the Democrat party: the protected classes, which, as Stephen Cox noted in Clueless to the End,
range from the crony capitalists who fund Democratic foundations and campaigns, to persons who are taught they have a “right” to welfare, to children of prosperous families who think they have a “right” to a free college education, to “refugees” who cannot be kicked out of the country no matter what they do, to the multitude of public “servants” whose major purpose is to increase the number of creatures like themselves.
This, in contrast to the unprotected classes, "who are forced to pay for all of this — not just with money but also with self-esteem and dignity."
On the bright side, as Trump rescinds the rights of all these classes, there will be financial opportunities. For example, investors will make billions selling the stocks of the solar and wind energy companies that would have been subsidized by Mrs. Clinton, and make billions more buying the stocks of the mass transit companies that will be needed by Mr. Trump's crony capitalists to round up and deport millions of Mexicans, Muslims, Asians, sub-Saharan Africans, and other undesirable ethnic groups.
These groups, intoned retiring Nevada senator Harry Reid, now "cry tears of fear," as they worry about the "terrible things" Trump plans to do to them. Given president Obama's suspicions of Trump's Ku Klux Klan sympathies, such worries are justified. As white nationalists celebrate, added Harry, it "does not feel like America.”
No celebration will be more jubilant than the one for the undoing of Obama's legacy. As reported by the NYT, Trump's election "was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism" that now imperils that legacy. Ironically, Trump will erase most of Obama's accomplishments in the same way that Obama accumulated them: through arrogant executive orders that circumvent the Congressional approval process -- to the raucous cheers of white nationalists everywhere.
The combination of Clinton's shocking loss and the anticipated negation of Obama's achievements (bending the healthcare cost curve down, rolling back the oceans, ending wars, closing Gitmo, creating millions of burger flipper jobs, etc.) have led to rampant "sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada" that Sorkin rejected in his letter, counseling his 15-year old daughter to stay home and "fucking fight" instead.
Evidently, Sorkin was not the only parent offering such advice. Immediately following the election, heart-broken protestors took to the streets to denounce Trump. They chanted "Not my president." They carried signs (“Divided States of America,” “Diversity Trumps Hate!,” and “Let the New Generation Speak!!”) more banal than Clinton's campaign sign ("Stronger Together"). They waved rainbow banners and Mexican flags. They burned American flags and papier-mâché Trump effigies. Some ran to grief counselors, some to cry-ins, some to Play-Doh and coloring books. Others took out their Trump grief on Trump voters, whom they viciously attacked, and on random objects such as vehicles and businesses, which they vandalized and burned.
Numerous dejected Democrats flooded Twitter with calls to assassinate Trump; many wanted both Trump and Pence assassinated. Others expressed their anger with "Kill Trump" graffiti. Some went so far as to begin grooming Chelsea Clinton for Congress.
Who knows? Violent public tantrums may be enough to defeat Trump's "dark vision" of economic growth, jobs, low taxes, infrastructure rejuvenation, etc. This is not America, this is not who we are, insist impassioned Democrats -- who haven't noticed that economic grievances put forth by the middle class are not rooted in racism, sexism, and ignorance.
And who haven't noticed that Republicans, whom a smug Democrat Party and a biased liberal media have ruthlessly mocked and derided for eight long years, now hold the cards. They hold those cards because non-college educated, white nationalists were unhappy with what Democrats had delivered during those years: declining incomes, a self-destructing health insurance scam, an unsustainable welfare system, a failing education system, insolvent social security and Medicare programs, a war against radical Islam with no plan for victory, a $20 trillion national debt, 11 million illegal aliens, and 95 million legal Americans unemployed.
They believed that solutions to these problems should be found before, if not instead of, meeting the lofty, profligate demands of the ruling class: globalism, diversity, more solar panels, more Obamacare, free college, free abortions, free birth control pills, hate free spaces, and transgender bathrooms.
It is the ruling class that does not know what America is, or who we are, or, for that matter, who Donald Trump is. They haven't a clue. How else to explain a disastrous, humiliating defeat by a vulgar, racist, sexist buffoon. And thanks to Trump and his angry white nationalist followers, Republicans -- who now hold the presidency, the Senate, the House of Representatives, 34 governorships, and, soon, the Supreme Court -- prepare to "Drain the Swamp" and "Make America Great Again." The likelihood of their success is unknown.
What is known is that the Democrat party and the MSM, seething in corruption, incompetence, and contempt for middle-class America, must prepare for the coming Trumpocalypse.