13 Things to Blame for the Trump Presidency
A year ago, on Nov. 8, 2016, Donald John Trump became the elected leader of the American people. A real estate mogul turned reality television star whose namesake was synonymous with extravagance and wealth became President of the United States of America. The result was a shock for most and a disappointment for many. “How?” The question arose immediately. As the result sunk in among those who were upset with the result, the question quickly shifted to “Who?” Who can we blame for the election of Donald J. Trump as president?
You can blame anyone, the American electorate, democracy, capitalism, yourself, but it is much more convenient to blame groups outside of our own and things out of our control. So here is a short list of scapegoats and how to fully and properly shift the blame onto them.
1) White Women
Fifty-three percent of white women voted for Trump while 94 percent of black women and 68 percent of Latino women voted for Clinton. It’s white women’s fault Trump was elected president. We knew this right away.
2) F.B.I. Director James Comey’s Letter
Eleven days before the 2016 presidential election Comey sent a letter to Congress saying that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecure server to send and receive e-mails when she was Secretary of State. Two days before the election, Comey said he didn’t find anything new in the information and re-closed the investigation nine days after he reopened it. Clinton’s lead in the polls was cut in half after the Comey letter and she never recovered.
It was an unprecedented move and against policy for the FBI not reveal investigations that may influence an election, but Comey did it anyway.
It was James Comey’s fault Clinton lost and Trump was elected president.
3) Bill Clinton
On June 27, 2016, Bill Clinton met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a private meeting on a tarmac in Phoenix. Speculation flew that the former president was asking Lynch to end the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecure server for state department business. This forced Lynch to recuse herself and hand over the investigation to the FBI prompting the subsequent and devastating Comey Letter months later.
It’s Bill Clinton’s fault that Hillary lost and Trump was elected president.
• Jun. 30 — “Democrats groan after Bill Clinton meets Loretta Lynch: The private meeting rekindles concerns about a possible conflict of interest while his wife is under federal investigation" – Politico
In March 2016, WikiLeaks released emails from Clinton’s private email server. Later, they released emails from the Democratic National Committee that revealed that party’s organizing machine was working to undermine Bernie Sanders in favor of Clinton as the nominee. Then, in October 2016, one hour after the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women was released, WikiLeaks published the private emails of a top Clinton aide, John Podesta, which included excerpts from Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs.
WikiLeaks also sent many anti-Clinton tweets leading up to the election.
Julian Assange hated Hillary Clinton and WikiLeaks’ targeted attacks on her cost Clinton the election.
It’s WikiLeaks' fault Clinton lost and Trump was elected president.
• Oct. 11 — “Why WikiLeaks hates Hillary Clinton” – Vox
5) Bernie Sanders and His Supporters
In her memoir, What Happened, Hillary Clinton levied blame on Bernie Sanders and his supporters for causing lasting damage to her campaign. He did not cede the race and endorse Clinton until late in the primary race and his progressive policies were one-up versions of Clinton’s own policies. Bernie was also not a Democrat and shouldn’t have run as one. He was an independent progressive. The #BernieOrBust crowd became the #NeverHillary crowd, which fed right into the Trump campaign’s own anti-Hillary messaging.
Bernie Bros were also to blame because their passionate support for Bernie became aggressive hate for all things Clinton. They trolled Hillary supporters online and verbally attacked them at rallies and at the Democratic National Convention.
Bernie Sanders and his supporters attacked Hillary Clinton and left lasting damage to her image.
Bernie Sanders and his supporters are the reason Clinton lost and Trump was elected president.
• May 31 — “Why Does the Left Hate Hillary?” – Politico
6) Patriarchy, Misogyny, Sexism
It’s as clear as day that Hillary Clinton suffered her election day loss because of deep-seated views of the roles of women in America. She endured unfair criticism from the opposition, the media, and her own party that the male candidates did not have to endure. Powerful capable women are stigmatized in American society and Hillary Clinton was no exception. In fact, she was usually the main target.
America is full of misogynists who refused to elect a woman as president.
Misogyny is the reason Clinton lost and Trump was elected president.
7) A Time of Radical Change
Most Americans wanted change. They rejected the status quo. Obama represented change. Trump represented change. Clinton represented the status quo.
It was the anti-establishment sentiment of the American people's fault that Clinton lost and Trump was elected president.
8) The Clinton Campaign
The Hillary Clinton campaign was outplayed by Trump’s team. Clinton did not campaign in Wisconsin nor place enough resources into Michigan to seal the deal. The campaign also had poor electoral strategy, which left room for Trump to lose the popular vote and still win the election. Despite spending twice as much as the Trump campaign, they were unable to stop their diminishing gap in the polls.
The Clinton campaign underestimated how tight the election was going to be and made tactical missteps, partly because of arrogance, which cost them the election.
The Clinton campaign is to blame for Hillary losing and Trump being elected president.
9) The GOP
Yes, in 2016 the Republican candidate beat the Democratic candidate, but the GOP is responsible for Trump's win in a deeper way. For decades, the Republican party has stoked fears about urban crime and anxieties about race to appeal to conservative voters. Since the 1960s, the Republican party has implemented the southern strategy to increase support among white voters by appealing to racism against black people. The GOP has also successfully associated the establishment with liberal elites making them the party of the underdog, even while they held the presidency and a majority in both houses of Congress. Many draw a line from Sarah Palin to the Tea Party to Donald Trump. By legitimizing Palin and the Tea Party, the GOP paved the way for a populist republican candidate, who may not serve their goals, to win a presidential election.
The GOP’s election tactics over decades are responsible for Donald Trump being elected president.
10) White Supremacy
CNN commentator Van Jones famously called the 2016 election a “whitelash” against a black president and the changing demographics of a country. Many studies report that by 2050 America will no longer be a white majority country. The 2016 election was a last stand by white Americans to maintain their supremacy in the United States. White people were willing to look past Donald Trump's racist ideas and remarks because he promised to maintain their white supremacy. Trump often made veiled nods to white supremacist groups in his speeches and those groups embraced him as their candidate.
The desire of white people to keep America as a white supremacy state is to blame for Trump being elected president.
11) Obama, George Soros, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the Radical Alt-Left
Obama for his divisive rhetoric. Soros for bankrolling the bussing-in of antagonist protestors. Black Lives Matter for reinforcing the false narrative that America is inherently a racist country and pushing an anti-law enforcement sentiment. Antifa for violently pushing the left’s message and stifling free speech. All of them, part of the radical left which prioritizes political correctness over national safety, sovereignty, and common sense. They prefer chaos over peace.
The dangerous and divisive tactics of the radical left are to blame for Trump being elected president.
12) The Media
First of all, the news media did not take Trump’s candidacy seriously. Not until much later did they begin to asked the Trump campaign challenging questions. The Huffington Post even covered his candidacy as entertainment and not politics. Secondly, by mid-summer 2016, the media had given Trump $2 billion dollars worth of coverage on their networks. The news media also did not believe Trump could win. Being surrounded by urban liberals and not rural conservatives skewed their judgement. Also, in general, the media does not raise the level of discourse high enough while they chase the lowest common denominator. They prioritize sensationalism over truth and entertainment over information.
The media is to blame for the election of Trump as president.
• Mar. 15, 2016 — “$2 Billion Worth of Free Media for Donald Trump” – New York Times
• May/June 2016 — “Did We Create Trump?” – Politico
• Mar. 10, 2017 — “There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble” – Five Thirty Eight
13) Blame Yourself
While we're here blaming others, let’s not forget about you. I’m sure within your sphere of influence you deserve to take some blame. Whether you voted or you didn’t. Whether you paid attention or you didn’t. Whether you spoke up or you didn’t. It’s on you, too.
You are also to blame for Donald J. Trump being elected as president. Yes, you.