Today, Tuesday, November 8, 2016, is the day the deplorables discover Donald didn’t have the support to defeat Dame Hillary. Was Hillary right in suggesting Donald’s supporters were in a basket because they were supporting a basket case? What is clear is one thing that the strong victory by Hillary could only have been achieved by her having to face a guy who alienated blacks,(“Among black voters, Clinton had 83.4 percent, Trump had 5.2 percent and Johnson had 2.2 percent.”) Latinos,(“Angry at Mr. Trump, Latinos are turning out in droves”) and Asians.
From early on I wrote to tell how Donald Trump would not win. Yet I could not convince the Trumpeteers who held on to a straw of a belief that somehow the American people would elect a man who had alienated all its minority folk. The America that Trump was offering was a mythical America that existed somewhere in the past; it was hard to pinpoint when that was but it was at some time past. For many American minorities the past was not someplace where America was great; they preferred to look to the future where it would be great. Drop the “again.”
Aside from having alienated such a large number of Americans Trump at age 70 – only Reagan was older running for the White House – had never done any public service but all his life worked only to enrich himself. While doing it, he stiffed many others with his bankruptcies and continues to stiff them to this date. You knew a majority of the people were going to understand this and recognize he was just being a con man — a pitch man at the town carnival. What was strange was how many people accepted that in his late fifties he became pro-life when all his life up to that point he was pro-choice.
There is little doubt that the reason Trump even looked like he had a chance was because the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was so disliked by so many. Which should make all those who truly worried about the future of America under Hillary Clinton totally dismayed that Trump received the nomination. In the year when the presidency was theirs to take on a silver platter the Republicans nominated the one guy who could not win.
It is hard for me to shake the belief that Bill Clinton convinced him to run. Remember the lengthy telephone call between Bill and Donald about week before Donald announced. They were NY City big wigs and friends. Bill was at Donald’s wedding. Donald was supposed to be the spoiler in the Republican party — he was not supposed to get the nomination but was to run as a third party guy after being rejected by the Republicans. When he saw he had a chance for the gold Donald double crossed Bill and went after it all.
The real tragedy is the deplorables think Donald is on the level – some suggest he would have kept us out of war when the first thing he said he was going to do was tear up the Iranian treaty and then we find here that Israeli war hawk Sheldon Adelson is giving him millions of dollars.
Trump came out early as a bigot and then later softened his tone telling how much he would do for the blacks and Latinos “What Have You Got to Lose?” recognizing he could not win without bringing some of that vote back to himself. His his early supporters accepted that he was trying to con the blacks and Latinos and in his heart he was one of them; the blacks and Latinos also knew it was a con and had no doubt “where he stood.”
Trump was a blackboard on which you could write anything you ardently believed or hoped for. For many he was the last Great White Hope. For a majority he was a scary figure and his opponent was a little less scary.
‘Tis sure a deplorable day for the deplorables.;