It's been a few days since the election results have taken over this nation, and like many, i'm still in complete shock that this is happening. Nevertheless, this is the reality we have been given, and it's imperative that we make the best of it. With that being said, where did the Democratic National Committee (DNC) go wrong? After suffering the worst political defeat in modern history, it's time we analyze the DNC's election decisions.
The DNC Did This To Themselves
I know this isn't the best time to say this - considering all that is going on - but i'm sure many millennials would love to say "I told you so" right about now. News broke during the election that the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz rigged the election in favor of Hillary. While i'm skeptical about it, some evidence is rather compelling. The numbers clearly were not altered, and Hillary won the primaries 28 states to 22 states (Remember those 22 states that Bernie won, they'll come in handy shortly). However, media coverage favored Hillary Clinton during the primaries, garnering 3 times as much coverage as Bernie Sanders. Even Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio garnered more media attention than Bernie Sanders.
Now, days after Trump wins the Presidency against Hillary Clinton, I have to pose the question: Would Bernie Sanders have beaten Donald Trump? Obviously, it's difficult to say. Personally, I believe that Bernie would have swept the floor with Donald Trump and here's why: All those millennial voters who #FeltTheBern and sat this election out would have came out to vote. The number of in-between voters that eventually chose Trump on election day would have been significantly less if Bernie was running instead of Hillary. Whether warranted or not, Hillary Clinton was a highly tarnished candidate to Republicans and Democrats alike, and the emails swayed many voters to #TeamTrump. What was Bernie's scandal? His age? His stance on gun control? His stance on foreign affairs? Nothing of major significance. The day that Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in the primary was the day that Donald J Trump won this election. Even Trump knows it.
I would rather run against Crooked Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders and that will happen because the books are cooked against Bernie!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2016
Remember those 22 states Bernie won?
A Harvard study was conduced in attempts to figure out if Bernie could have won this election. Included in those 22 states that Bernie won in the primaries was: Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Why am I mentioning this? Those states Bernie won were also the same swing states that Trump won during the election. Obviously it cannot be said with certainty, but it certainly can be argued that Bernie would have won some, if not all of those swing states and changed the outcome of this election.
This is not an attack on Hillary
I want to make that clear. I thought Hillary was unfairly attacked about the email scandal that swayed so many voters against her. I thought she was overly-qualified for the position, but there was one problem - She didn't represent the change that people wanted. Bernie Sanders was to millennials what Trump was to middle america - Someone who didn't represent establishment politics and was willing to represent the interests of the people. Bernie's rallies were two, sometimes three times as packed as Hillary's rallies, yet the media continued to #BlackoutBernie. Trump was on the news because anything he said was news worthy, Hillary was on the news because of her emails, and Bernie wasn't on the news because he was talking about the real issues that were plaguing our country. Funny how that works, isn't it?
Make no mistake about it - Donald Trump did not win this election - The DNC blew it. #HillaryClinton #DonaldTrump #Election 2016