Trump is president because of two things: the disaffection of the many with the perceived increasing movement of the Democratic Party away from values the people are comfortable with but mostly because of the candidate the Democratic Party offered as his opponent. Both candidates had disapproval percentage in the sixty percent range. I was unable to vote for either for I did not see which one would able to maintain the America I knew and loved.
If I could go back to the 2016 election having seen what Trump has wrought would I have voted for Hillary? I believe not. Because Trump has been a disaster does not mean Hillary would not have been as bad or worse. There was a reason both had such negative ratings and it was they were awful people who were basically untrustworthy. A person with a tainted character like tainted milk can’t be made better and should be thrown out.
The subsets of this election that bore on Trump’s win are a few. There is the James Comey announcement of the re-opening of the FBI investigations into Hillary’s emails a fortnight before the election. She had been cleared by a hair of any wrongdoing in her handling of those emails earlier by Comey so one imagined it was not going to take much to push her over the edge.
Comey’s re-opening announcement also brought to mind the slick trick by Slick Willy who managed to have a private tete-a-tete on an airport tarmac with the U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch who was overseeing the investigation into Hillary’s emails. Even if he pushed his way aboard her airplane to talk about their grand kids the recollection of the pardons at the end of his term as president and the endless grubbing around for money he engaged in since leaving the office came back to mind.
It was a brazen display of thinking he was above the law. It clearly hurt Hillary’s chances. It was difficult not to think that if he acted like that not mindful of giving the appearance he was interfering in an investigation (he was responsible for Lynch’s career as a federal prosecutor) if he got back in the White House there wold be no limit to the damage he could do. His action caused Lynch to recuse herself. That put Comey on center stage.
On the other side was the Russian interference in the election for the purpose of helping Trump get elected. This was substantial. it involved stealing the Democratic Party’s tactics and changing Trump’s operational plan to meet them. It involved the pushing of false news through the internet relative to the position of the candidates by Russian military operatives. It was widespread and focused.
Not stopping there Putin’s forces push vast sums of money into the election by funneling it through other entities like the NRA. The NRA heavily supported Trump and was the top supporter using Russian money of many of the GOP candidates running nationwide. Its connection with Putin is slowly coming to light but clearly it is there especially as shown by the arrest of Maria Butina.
The third arm of the Russian influence was through its connections with the Christian White Evangelicals in the country. They unite in their anti-LGBT positions and their outward appearances as being white Christians saving the world against the secularists and the Muslim terrorists. In one way the relationship is inexplicable because the Evangelicals are supposedly pro-life while Russia is the number one country for abortion in the world.
So is the NRA – Russian connection difficult to understand. There are no gun rights for people in Russia. There never will be. So what is it that brings a gun rights group together with an anti-gun rights group? It can only be that Russian money is buying off these Americans.
That is how I see 2016. I understand there are other issues that differentiate the Republicans from the Democrats that would be there no matter who was the candidate. The above were particular to 2016. Trump was seen as a lesser of two evils in enough areas to give him the victory. I set this out so I can talk about what the future holds.