This entry will be the first in a three-part analysis of the recent elections in the United States of America, from which the enigmatic Donald Trump emerged victorious. In the latter two pieces which will be published in the coming days, I will explore what Trump’s election means from the perspectives of a conspiracy theorist and of a conservative. But first, I want to first explore why Clinton specifically lost; and more broadly, how the left have lost yet another election.
Firstly, I’ve got to begin by extending my congratulations to the next POTUS, Mr. Trump, a man who – despite his imperfections – I believe to be by far the superior candidate (or, if you want to phrase it pessimistically, the lesser of two evils, which even the most anti-Trump conspiracy theorist would have to concede that he is). Even if you believe Trump to be a complete puppet, I urge you to enjoy the aftermath of the election, if for no other reason than to enjoy the hysterical circus that the left has devolved into. No matter who has been elected, whether it be David Cameron or Donald Trump, it is always most entertaining when the candidate the left have been programmed into supporting falls flat on their face.
Now onto the serious stuff. It’s becoming such a regular occurrence that watching the left trying to fathom how they’ve lost another vote is in danger of becoming like Groundhog Day. My own personal customary ritual on these wonderful public holidays (they aren’t officially, but should be) is to go and browse on a few select left-wing internet forums I know of, and see what kind of conclusions they are coming to. Browsing my favourite Marxist forum, I was unsurprised by what they had deduced. Had they realised that Clinton is hated by tens of millions of Americans? Are they finally cognisant of the reality that working-class White America – the majority of the electorate – just aren’t really that interested in the trendy liberal pet causes and identity politics that Clinton had based her campaign on? Has the penny dropped that the Democrats were shockingly inept at addressing the concerns of these people? Has it got through their skulls that bullying, name-calling, and intimidation are not the most effective ways of winning people over to your cause?
No, no, and thrice no.
The reason Clinton flopped so pathetically, according to these great sages, has nothing to do with her or her policies. Clinton holds the ‘right’ views: those progressive, socially liberal views that were implanted into every liberal by the media and academia, and which these edgy young rebels uncritically downloaded into their circuits, to be parroted ad nauseum. No one could possibly rationally or logically analyse and then reject the positions the left have decreed to be indisputably morally correct; unless they are either completely stupid and brainwashed, or irrationally prejudiced against some precious minority group in some way. Our wise liberal friends have unanimously concluded that Trump didn’t vanquish Clinton because his policies and stated aims were more appealing to the average American than the alternative candidate, but because he played up to base prejudices and fears of the white, working-class masses, who are too stupid, ignorant, and racist to be able to resist his seductive charms.
This contemptuous, elitist attitude was, of course, of no surprise to me. It’s the usual sanctuary for the wounded left-wing animal; their refuge for when things don’t go their way. We Brexiteers here in Britain were forced to endure similar patronising sneering from the Guardian-reading snobs. We only voted to leave the European Union because we’re idiotic bigots incapable of rational thought, too stupid to see the wonderful, all-encompassing benefits of left-wing social extremism, and thus were easy prey to self-serving liars and xenophobes like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. This is the exact same pompous attitude held by the tolerant, caring liberals towards Trump’s voters; they only voted for Trump because they hate women (I suppose Trump’s legions of female supporters are also misogynistic) and Mexicans (even though almost a third of Latino voters voted Republican), and were won over by his slick, snake oil salesman chicanery – the stupid, gullible, malleable fools.
These aspiring leftist sophocrats derive a (very) false sense of superiority from this ideologically supremacist mindset; which quite literally dehumanises anyone who isn’t a left-wing extremist. We’re idiots. We don’t have the capacity for having real thoughts, opinions, and feelings of our own; we’re just robots, capable only of reacting to stimuli. This leads them to sanctimoniously bestow upon themselves the right to treat us however awfully as they wish to: they call us names, they threaten us, they ostracise us, and they try and censor us – all because we don’t subscribe to what they have deemed to be the ‘correct’ assortment of political views.
Shockingly, treating ordinary people with the same disgust one would treat a rapist or paedophile with doesn’t ever seem to convince them to agree with you – all it does is alienate them (but please, carry on doing it, leftists – all you’re doing is pushing the masses over to our conservative side). Dehumanising those people who form the majority of the electorate you need to win over to your side in that way will certainly not win you an election. The left, in Britain and in America, has now lost three major votes in quick succession: the UK election in 2015, the UK EU membership referendum in June 2016, and now the US election in November 2016. The left failed so miserably in these votes for the same two reasons: 1) thuggish and dishonest campaign tactics; and 2) a fundamental detachment from the major concerns of ordinary, working-class people.
For all the intellectual struggles of the left over the previous few days, doing well in elections isn’t rocket science – to succeed, you properly and convincingly address key issues that concern the core of the electorate (which in America, is still white people with low incomes). Most people are interested in things such as law and order, immigration, security, defence, quality of life, the economy, and so on. In this current climate, many millions of Americans feel disaffected and marginalised by the political establishment that has destroyed their communities, devastated their prospects of succeeding economically, and enforced insane levels of immigration upon local communities; a phenomenon which, – like it or not, leftists – many people find invasive, threatening, and demoralising (and no amount of calling them racists is going to change that, so go back to the drawing board if you ever want to see the insides of the halls of power again).
Well, knock me down with a feather, Clever Trevor – Trump tackled these issues in a decisive way during his campaign (whether he is sincere or will follow through on his promises or not is irrelevant in the context of discussing how he won), and thus, he won. Trump spoke about real-world issues that concerned ordinary voters, and he promised emphatic solutions to these problems: the much-derided Mexican wall is a common-sense solution to the HUGE problem of illegal Mexican immigration – 6 million Mexicans live in the USA illegally. Whether YOU, leftist, have a problem with illegal Mexican immigrants or not is immaterial; the electorate DO. Trump has pledged to provide sensible solutions to various issues of national import. Deporting foreign criminals, disallowing terrorists from entering the country, and stemming the flow of cheap Chinese goods into America causing an enormous amount of job losses all sound like good, common-sense policies to me. UKIP has had a lot of success in the past few years here in Britain, for the same reason as Trump – they reach out to the common people and proffer sensible solutions to the serious dilemmas which trouble them.
It’s ironic given that this is the accusation levelled at Trump, but Clinton’s campaign was based on division and identity politics. She hates non-liberal white people, she hates white men, she hates Christians, she hates conservatives, and she hates women who aren’t radical feminists. She made absolutely no effort whatsoever to convince these people – the majority of the electorate – that she had the solutions to the problems affecting them, the problems they cared about. Instead, she – and her armies of privileged, well-heeled metropolitan leftists – uttered empty slogans about “progress”, obsessively focusing on bludgeoning people into accepting ever more ‘progressive’ extremes such as gender-neutral toilets (how out of touch do you have to be to think things of that nature are the chief concerns of ordinary people?).
Here’s the bottom line, leftists: Trump won because he actually addressed the concerns of every day Americans, and because his party didn’t condescend to the largest demographic group – working-class whites. You lost because you’re out-of-touch bullies. It is that simple, and it is exactly why the Remain campaign lost the Brexit referendum. If you ignore and alienate people, they tend not to like you very much. The left will never win another vote in the West until it re-establishes contact with reality, and abandons its thuggish, bullying tactics; and I, for one, will not be shedding any tears at the funeral of the Red beast.