Any responsible autopsy of the Clinton campaign will acknowledge a number of counter-intuitive results that can be attributed to Hillary and her supporters.
The most obvious one being the election of Donald Trump. But for the Hillary campaign and her cohorts at the Democratic National Committee, Bernie Sanders would have been the Democratic nominee. And there is little doubt he would have defeated Trump.
The Democratic leadership paid a phenomenal price in nominating and running Hillary Clinton.
In their zeal to do the bidding of Wall Street, they put their core constituencies at risk of monumental losses. The Republican controlled Congress will be positioned to send President Trump legislation impacting social programs and the environment. Women’s issues, voting rights, border walls, deportations, Medicare, food stamps, public education, corporate welfare, etc.
Any and all of it are thanks to Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and her supporters.
The irony is both painful and profound. Black voters, the most loyal of Hillary’s supporters, will be proven to have been the most betrayed by the Democratic leadership. The most immediate consequence of Trump’s win has been the increase in influence of unabashed racists in Trump’s inner circle and announced appointees.
Black voters were Hillary’s firewall in the early Southern primaries. Influential black leaders like Elijah Cummings and John Lewis attacked Bernie Sanders and effectively delivered their sheep to the metaphoric slaughter.
Republican calls for law and order, stop-and-frisk, condemnation of Black Lives Matter, moves to make attacks on police hate crimes, can all be laid at the feet of Hillary Clinton and her supporters. And at the feet of black voters in particular.
Racists and white supremacists have supported the Republican candidates for president since Eisenhower. But not since Barry Goldwater has the Republican nominee been personally vilified as a racist.
As most Trump voters do not consider themselves to be racists, the reaction was easily predictable. Rather than self examination and reflection, there has been substantial belligerence to the messengers, which will surely be reflected in Republican oratory, if not in legislation.
Trump voters were motivated by a stagnant economy, a recovery that passed them by, crushing student debt, unaffordable healthcare, 60,000 factory closures, millions of jobs shipped overseas, sons coming home in body bags, bombing 7 countries, drones killing women and children, regime change, and endless war.
Racism wasn’t even on their radar.
Criticism of Hillary was constantly dismissed as a function of white privilege and that Trump’s appeal was the fear that white privilege was threatened. Most white people are oblivious to the fact that they enjoy white privilege, so the fear of losing it is unfounded.
White privilege is the accusation made when any other issues are thought more important than racism.
Hillary and her supporters have set race relations back half a century, with far more damage to come.
Thank you, Hillary. Thank you, Elijah. Thank you, John. Thank you, DNC.
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