During the 2016 presidential campaign Hillary Clinton told us what a Trump presidency would look like. People who had the insight to look beyond the fact that Hillary is a woman and that people in the USA might not be sophisticated enough to elect a woman to lead our government, also saw what a Trump presidency would look like. Some people to this day still say Hillary lost the election because she was a terrible candidate. Well, maybe she lost the election because WE are a terrible electorate.
WE made a big deal about Hillary using a private server to conduct some, not all, official State Department business, rather than using the government’s server. Not one bit of nefarious intention was ever found or even suggested as to why she used a private server, other than convenience and at worst to keep her private life from being publicized. The email scandal and the FBI investigation around it was probably more detrimental to Hillary campaign than even the Russian misinformation campaign. After all, Republicans had done the same thing the Russians did for over two decades. Even among those who thought Hillary’s use of a private server could have compromised national security should be more concerned about Trump revealing sources and methods of intelligence gathering with his recent tweet of the Iranian missile site. Yes, Trump as president has the authority to declassify information, but doing because of his ignorance reveals how dangerous he is as a president, and this man has access to our nuclear codes.
In addition to the USA electorate being misogynistic , there is always the matter of a large segment of our electorate being racist and bigoted. However, although these character traits of the electorate effected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, probably the most detrimental thing was that a very large segment of eligible voters thought that Hillary was going to win anyway, so they had the option of a protest vote for Jill Stein or not voting at all. Maybe the greatest thing the Trump presidency did for our democracy is to make Americans aware of the fact that if they don’t participate in the democracy, we could end up with a government like the one we have today.
In an interview Joy Reid did of Hillary Clinton when she released “What Happened”, Hillary talks about some of the things she warned us of with a Trump presidency as well things we as a society are challenged by related to our collective character.
To those who legitimately voted for Trump because they thought he would help them financially, they might recall that Hillary promised people in Kentucky that she would put coal miners out of business, AND replace it with green jobs. Kentuckians were offended by Hillary’s vision of a new economy for Kentucky. I wonder how that is working out for Mitch McConnell’s and Donald Trump’s supporters in Kentucky?
Although the number of Americans employed in the coal industry nationwide has remained relatively steady since Trump took office, analysts say the industry faces a rocky future as energy suppliers continue to shift toward renewable sources and relatively low-cost natural gas. Annual U.S. coal production is expected to drop from 711 million tons to less than 600 million tons during the next five years, said Gregory Marmon, a principal coal analyst at global consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.