HOW ON EARTH did a bigoted, hate spewing, mysoginistic, racist, sexist demagogue win the Presidential election and become the leader of the free world?
Or rather, the more apposite question is how bad do you have to be to lose?
Don’t blame the media, it was 90% behind Hillary; don’t blame the emails; don’t blame the Electoral College system- (how many times do we have to vote if things don’t go your way?) Don’t blame the disenchanted Rustbelt state voters.
So who to blame,then? The Liberal Left, and here’s why:
Media, pollsters, pundits were predicting a win for Hillary, just as they did for REMAIN in the British Brexit referendum. How did they get both so wrong, when a handful of us were able to see what is coming down the tracks? Well, I have a theory that has not failed me yet: If a sizeable portion of people intending to vote declare themselves undecided, on the eve of the election, the chances are that they intend to vote for the candidate/party/ideology which is somehow viewed as not quite politically correct by the establishment.
HOW THE HELL does anyone expect to win hearts and minds by hurling insults ( remember the “basket of deplorables?)at each other, and labelling anyone with a different viewpoint a bigot, racist, or uneducated?
The Brexit vote and the election of Trump bear some similarities. Despite all warnings, all the doom and gloom predictions, despite wall to wall media support for the opposing view, the electorate thumbed its nose and turned away. There is a global rejection of established politics especially the Liberal elite.
My view of what it means to be the Liberal Left was transformed after our Brexit experience. I took a real hammering for campaigning for LEAVE, and my social media newsfeed was replete with a narrative that “Brexiters” are bigots, racists, and unintelligent working class who did not understand the issues.
Let’s just put that to the test.. In my own constituency, which is the 11th most wealthy, and second most educated, where 70% of the adult population are University graduates, ahead of Cambridge even. So you would expect, wouldn’t you, that REMAIN would win by a landslide? However, the remain vote, with a turnout of 77% was only 51/ 49%.
And so it is with your Donald Trump. Social scientists are busy retrospectively creating “closet conservatives” “reticent right wingers” to attempt to explain this phenomenon, the same phenomenon which they were unable to previously identify.
You see, the trouble is that when the media and establishment sneers at JAMs (Just About Managing), those without a college education, blue collar workers, then they will turn to the right when the left fails them.
Not everyone who voted for Trump is a racist or a bigot. People turned away from Hillary not because she is a woman, but because she represented the establishment, and offered no palpable change whatsoever.
The prevailing view of the elite left gives us one world view only. Political correctness dictates that we can only say A, B, or C, not X, Y and Z, and so we learn to fall silent, lest we be labelled bigots. That is, until the privacy of the polling booth.
The Left is losing support throughout the Western world, and is responsible for this result precisely because it has decided that any other way of looking at the world is unacceptable. Dismissing the opinion of your opponents, or closing down the argument will never win votes. Lack of engagement with real concerns, replacement of debate with insult, rejecting any other opinion which does not conform to certain parameters, will doubtless alienate the very people who might potentially be your supporters.
They will inevitably turn away and take their revenge at the ballot box.