Without a doubt, the 2016 election will go down as one of the most contentious and controversial in American history. Every single day was a grind where my sanity was tested by people who seemed determined to prove that there’s much more crazy in this country than I thought there was — both on the left and the right.
Nevertheless, the election is now over with this country electing probably the worst presidential candidate we’ve ever seen. In a few weeks, this country is going to officially swear into office a bonafide con man as our next president.
That being said, while Donald Trump’s supporters are still out there arrogantly proving what mindless sheep they are by celebrating his victory, the truth of the matter is, his win was actually quite pathetic.
Here are a few facts.
1. The GOP runner-up was Sen. Ted Cruz: While Trump is an absolute embarrassment, it’s not as if the candidate who came in second was any better. In fact, I’ll argue that Cruz would have been even worse than Trump. But it says something about how piss-poor the GOP candidates were this year when some orange blowhard entertainer ultimately ran away with the party’s nomination. It’s kind of hard to brag about winning a nomination when the guy who came in second place was Ted Cruz, someone who’s hated by practically everyone — even his own party.
To think that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio were the “favorites” going in — wow. The basket of GOP presidential candidates was abysmal.
2. He’s going to go down as one of the biggest losers ever elected president: I’ve written about this on a few occasions already, and while I don’t deny that he’s definitely going to be our next president, he’ll take over that office by taking his place in history as one of the biggest losers to ever do so. Not only did 54% of the country vote against him, but he’s going to lose the overall popular vote by around 3 million votes, and his approval rating ranks him as one of the most disliked presidents assuming office in U.S. history.
3. I’ve never seen a presidential candidate whine and cry as much as he did: We should pass a Constitutional Amendment that states if a candidate can’t handle criticism without whining about it for days, or going on Twitter temper tantrums, that should instantly disqualify them from being president. From non-stop crying about the media, to saying anything and everything that seemed like it was going against him was “unfair,” I’ve never seen a grown man bitch and moan as much as he did — and still continues to do. Sure, he was one of the first people to brag about poll numbers when they were in his favor, but he was also the first one to whine about “rigged polls” whenever they weren’t. Then again, what wasn’t supposedly “rigged” when Trump thought things weren’t going his way? Forget calling him “Commander-in-Chief,” if history is any indication, “Whiner-in-Chief” will be a more appropriate title.
4. It’s incredibly obvious that his own party can’t stand him, nor do they respect him: Sure, GOP leadership has mostly “played nice,” and for the most part they’ve all said and done the right things when speaking about Trump — for now. But it’s obvious most of the party (especially its leadership) has absolutely no respect for Trump. Their entire plan seems to be to get him sworn in, then do their best to treat him like their puppet (though they might have to get in line behind Putin), to manipulate him into doing what they want. That or I wouldn’t be surprised if they suddenly found a keen interest in all of this Russian hacking information not too long after he takes his Oath of Office so that they might possibly find grounds for impeachment. Then they can make Mike Pence president, someone who they would much prefer to be in the Oval Office. While that sounds somewhat far-fetched, it would not shock me in the least.
Make no mistake about it, while his title will be “president,” it’s fairly obvious based on the party’s still rather distant embrace of him that progressives aren’t the only ones who see Donald Trump as a joke.
5. He had help from the FBI, the Russian government and an epidemic of fake news helping him and he still barely “won”: Yes, I will usually put “won” when referencing Donald Trump’s victory in quotation marks because while he technically won the electoral college — he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. That matters when looking at the context of his victory.
Donald Trump benefited from the FBI dropping an unprecedented letter just before the election that most experts have said probably did hurt Hillary Clinton some.
He also benefited from the Russian government coordinating a very sophisticated cyber attack against his political opponent. This resulted in thousands of personal emails being dumped via Wikileaks in a coordinated plan to slander Clinton, hoping that by doing their best to muddy the waters enough it would help elect Trump.
Then the fake news supporting him was so incredibly outrageous (and sadly effective) that it actually — finally — triggered the mainstream media to take notice of an epidemic people like myself have been discussing for a while now.
But despite all that help (Russia, fake news, the FBI) — factors that had they not happened would have almost certainly handed an easy victory to Clinton — not only did he lose the popular vote fairly substantially, his “win” came down to a handful of votes spread throughout three states.
While that’s still a “win,” no candidate in U.S. history has ever had as much help as Donald Trump did from extraordinary circumstances that were completely unique to this particular election. Yet despite all the help he received (plus the unheard of free media coverage that most times was an absolute joke), he was still voted against by 54% of the voters, and only “won” because of about 100k votes that he was lucky enough were spread throughout three key states.
So, anybody who’s trying to brag about his “big victory” is only proving how delusional they are.
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