The shocking (that is, to the commenterati) victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton has officially declared open the hand-wringing, breast beating season. But if you expect that it would lead to genuine introspection, let alone change of tactics or heart, you may have to wait a lot longer.
In fact, reading the various op-eds, Editorials and columns, one invariably come to the conclusion that despite this huge slap delivered by the electorate, the liberal elites have no intention of reading the writing on the wall. In fact they are doubling down for a more of the same and have launched vitriolic attacks on Trump and his not-yet-begun administration with even more venom.
It should be obvious by now Hillary Clinton was defeated because she as well as her fans in left-lib media insulted and bullied the largely (but not entirely) rural, white, blue-collar Americans who have been devastated over the last few years. The issue is not who is to blame for that or if their woes have any quick fix at all or if Trump has the answers. It was as if their concerns did not matter and if they raise it, they were bigots, racists, patriarchal, gun-totting loonies. And, of course, Donald Trump was their Chief Trolling Officer.
By the way watch this video, Michael Moore the famous uber liberal activist cum filmmaker predicts exactly why Trump will win – and he turned out to be so right!
Obama’s infamous “cling to guns and religion” remark of 2008 revived in somewhat diluted form, is just one of the many insults thrown at this demography. Hillary too called half of Trump supporters (Almost 60m Americans of various colors voted for Trump) bigoted “deplorables”.
A quick study of the reactions to Trump’s victory shows that attitude has not changed at all.
To start with both Obama, who staked (and destroyed) his own legacy by abandoning his post and joining the Clinton campaign and Hillary herself, were not graceful enough in their messages. The sly references to constitution and democratic values seem to suggest the Democratic Party has some sort of copyright or patent on these and they will be enforced strictly like Steve Jobs did with Apple’s patents. That is far from the truth.
One wonders how the liberal media would have reacted if Donal Trump “conceded” by remarking the Republicans will continue to defend Americans from the future administration’s corruption, sleaze and influence peddling.
And then we have these Editorials and Op-Eds.
Washington Post’s Editorial Board seems to think they are some sort of warriors defending American and its “values” against barbarian Trump. Clearly the acceptance of the verdict is absent or at best, grudging.
In fact, Charles Lane goes even further, making this ridiculous argument that Trump is more dangerous because the elites failed to see the “miracle” coming!
Here, Thomas Friedman of NY Times calls him a “compulsive liar” a strange epithet to use considering he defeated Hillary Clinton, an accomplished serial liar who repeatedly lied about the entire email affair and destroyed evidence. And got her husband, a consummate liar of awesome reputation himself, to meet with the AG presumably to obstruct justice.
The Editorial Board of NY Times too refers to Trump’s “delusions and lies” as if he was the only politician to do so and Hillary was a paragon of truth and virtue!
And they are all making the simple constitutional, democratic, decent moral imperative and duty of support they need to extend to the newly elected leader a magnanimous gift that they, and only they in their large hearted kindness and grace, bestow upon the ineligible usurper!
Clearly the liberals just don’t want Trump to succeed and will throw every spanner they can find into the works.
Across the Atlantic, writing for Guardian, Kate Arnoff was being honest when she declared, perhaps on behalf of the entire liberal class, that “we organise to block him, every step of the way“. Of course, it doesn’t matter what he does. Block we will. The usual over the top Hitler analogies were in abundant supply as well.
Many of them are finally admitting that Hillary was a ‘flawed candidate’ perhaps the understatement of the entire election drama! But then no one saw or smelled this all this while.
With such “friends” the Democrats sure don’t need too many enemies!