Whenever I attended a phone bank for Hillary, whether it was in Pleasanton or Walnut Creek, it was always full of action with lots of volunteers. That enthusiasm left during election night. We were all stunned. Although our volunteers were active, apparently the Democratic National Committee ground plan for campaigning was not good enough. 49% of the registered voters did not vote. The number of people who voted for Hillary was lower than the number of people who voted for Obama in 2008. Moreover, there were many unexpected voters who had voted for Obama in 2008, and then switched to Trump. The demise of manufacturing jobs, and the growing wealth inequality angered them enough to vote for Trump. In addition, many voters were angered with the establishment of both the Democrats and the Republicans. This anger of the established political system was across all economic levels.
Trump’s campaign did not have a ground game, but just relied on Trump stirring up negative emotions at his rallies. It was a Populist campaign and relied on rallies and social media. Incredible! We were in a bubble and didn’t predict it coming. As you know, the pollsters were predicting confidently a Clinton win. But they shouldn’t have been so confident. The undecided voters was as high as 12%! Moreover, there was probably a flaw in the polling data. Most likely, the group of white working class voters was underrepresented in the DNC polls.
But we cannot forget the “untimely” announcement by James Comey. There were 12% of likely voters who were undecided. After that announcement, the number of undecideds decreased. Trump gained momentum. Before that, Hillary’s momentum was strong. Michigan lost by only 20,000 votes out of more than 240,000 votes. Comey deserves considerable blame.
But remember and proclaim to everyone: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote!
Here are some videos and articles to help you process what happened.
Listen to Hillary Clinton speech:
Bill Moyer’s Farewell America
Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election
Read the Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After the Election
Van Jones on CNN Perfectly Explains the Pain of a Donald Trump Victory
The bright side of the election: The Number of Women of Color in the Senate Quadrupled
Some Responses to the Election
We need to drop the Electoral College. It is arcane and outdated. in the 2016 election is is the second time the candidate who won the popular vote did not win the Electoral College.
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