Almost as amazing as Trump’s victory in the election is the inability of the entire Democratic Party, from the very bottom to the very top – President Obama himself – to grasp the reasons behind their loss. In a recent interview, detailed in the above-linked CNN article, President Obama blamed the Democrats’ stunning loss on their failure to “show up” in the states that swung from Democrat in the previous two elections to Trump in this election. The problem, claims the president, is not the message but the messenger. Hillary should have campaigned harder in the midsection of the country.
Seemingly lost on the President is that West Virginia – a state where Hillary did campaign more than once – made the biggest swing from Democrat to Republican of any state in history, losing by 69% for Trump vs. 27% for Clinton.
Why did she lose so badly there? She came right out and said that she was going to put the miners there out of work. In a subsequent attempt at damage control, she promised “retraining” for laid off mine workers. Retraining to do what? She had nothing.
The message she gave West Virginians, though more pointed and targeted to that particular demographic, was consistent with the globalist message that both the Democrats and Republicans have been selling for decades – that your manufacturing jobs are never coming back, that this is somehow in your best interest and if you’re just patient enough you’ll come to understand, and that we’ll retrain you to do some other job – a job that doesn’t exist.
The problem for Democrats is that nobody believes it any more. Their message has been proven to be a load of crap. Along comes Donald Trump and, in spite of his many flaws, immediately seizes the spotlight with a new and very simple message: I’ll slap tariffs on those imports. Your jobs are coming home. We’ll make America great again! (Not to mention his message about putting a halt to the illegal immigration that both parties embraced in an effort to pander to the Hispanic vote.)
Republicans shouldn’t be smug. They too fought Trump tooth and nail every step of the way, clinging to the same globalist message. Only because Trump chose to identify himself in this race as a Republican do they now find themselves in control of so much of the political landscape.
The Democratic Party used to be the party of working-class Americans, but has morphed into a money-grubbing carnival barker for the New World Order. But they don’t see it. They still want to believe that if they had just polished that turd a little brighter and sold it a little harder they’d have won the election.