Though I would not have supported Trump or Hillary (I preferred independent, Gary Johnson), Tuesday night was a wild and entertaining ride just the same. Watching a larger-than-life billionaire playboy from New York City win the Presidency by persuading millions of historically Democratic, mid-western blue-collar workers that he was their champion was a feat that even Houdini at his best could not have conjured.
But there it was - first Ohio, followed by Wisconsin, Michigan, and the final clincher...Pennsylvania. The Big Blue Democratic Wall didn’t just crack, it literally disintegrated with the entire presidential electoral map redrawn in a manner unthinkable just hours previous.
The reaction was predictable - the media (international and domestic) and left wing establishment lost its collective hive mind. Their on-air meltdowns looking and sounding like millions of outraged toddlers having their lollipops taken away at the same moment. The far right, on the other hand, sounding as smug and self-righteous as ever.
While this Election was certainly a historic upset, and one that will be remembered and studied for many decades, my hope is Americans (and Canadians) will take away the right lessons from it...and you certainly won’t learn those lessons from the utterly hopeless mainstream media north or south of the border.
Myth #1 - Trump’s win proves America is a Racist Nation
No one made more of a fool of themselves on election night than CNN commentator and professional race-baiter, Van Jones, who pinned the entire Trump win on what he termed a “Whitelash” of American white voters against Obama, African Americans and Hispanics. His statements, meant primarily to inflame racial tensions and divides (which he personally profits from enormously), were as ignorant as they were irresponsible.
First off, are we really to believe that the primarily white voters of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio - who overwhelmingly supported President Obama twice (including once over native Michigan son Mitt Romney) somehow became collectively racist and decided to vent that racism by voting for some brash New Yorker against a white woman running for President?
Does anything in that assertion make any sense to any logically thinking human being?
Secondly, Trump outperformed previous Republican hopeful Mitt Romney (the latter never accused of racism) soundly among African Americans, Hispanics and Asians. In Florida (the other election night surprise that was essential for Trump’s victory) he won 30% - THIRTY PERCENT -- of Hispanic votes.
In other words, Florida Hispanics handed Trump the presidency...please digest this for a moment.
Could it be that when Trump clumsily spoke of wanting to deport illegal immigrants who were committing crimes, many Hispanics knew that he was referring to those illegal immigrants that actually committed crimes such as rape and murder, and was not referring to the vast majority of Hispanic immigrants who are obviously good and law abiding citizens? The media spent thousands of hours of airtime trying to convince Hispanics and everyone else that Trump meant all Hispanics were rapists and murderers. Turns out that US Hispanics have far more sense and grasp of the English language than do the media simpletons that pollute our television airwaves.
Myth #2 - Trump won Despite the Media Helping Hillary
False. A large part of the Trump win came because of the media.
I know first hand how effective the media can be at character assassination over the short term. Given a few days and a sliver of material to work with, they can convince the majority of the public that Mother Theresa is a serial killer.
And If this was a one month campaign, Trump wouldn’t have stood a chance. But for 2 entire years, the media relentlessly attacked Trump in every possible way imaginable. Some was true, some was exaggerated and out-of-context, and some ranged from false to batshit crazy.
They called the husband of an immigrant wife...anti-immigrant. They called one of the most successful businessmen in America...a failed businessman. They called the man a woman-hating misogynist/quasi rapist while promoting a preferred First Couple that included the very embodiment of respect for women...Bill Clinton...oh, wait...
The fact is that after about 18 months, no one in America - other than the most partisan ...believed anything the media said about Trump or Clinton - including some accurate bad things about Trump, and some legitimate positive things about Clinton. We see this phenomenon in Canada with the CBC...when it comes to their coverage of politics, the vast majority of Canadians know they are systematically biased so they are simply not taken seriously by voters looking for legitimate information on which to base their vote.
Like the “Never Cry Wolf” fairy tail, the media became effectively ineffective...and made Trump the Teflon Don.
Myth #3 - Trump won a Massive Mandate
The right-wing commentators (there really is no right wing media unless you include the partisans at Fox News) were out in force stating that Trump’s victory constituted a huge mandate for both him and the Republican Party.
Hillary, one of the worst possible candidates in modern American History, STILL beat Trump in the popular vote. With just a marginally better turnout among democrats in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Milwaukee, she would have probably gutted out the presidency.
Also troubling for Republicans should be the direction of Colorado, Nevada and Arizona (the former 2 going Hillary). Obviously, changing demographics (both in age and ethnicity) are moving those states towards the blue side of the spectrum. Republicans absolutely must find a better way to reach out to the young and to Hispanic voters.
They don’t need to do so with free handouts or useless platitudes. They need to do so by communicating a reasonable solution to the illegal immigration issue that doesn't terrify Hispanic families; they need to proactively seek out and support strong Hispanic candidates to run for them in ethnically diverse communities; they need to rebuild infrastructure in decaying new-immigrant neighbourhoods; and they need to categorically kick out any vestiges of lingering white supremacy in the GOP (and being anti-illegal immigration is not white supremacy!). Just as the Democrats house a small but loud number of racists and bigots who make their living fanning hate and fear between black and white America, so too do the Republicans have some members that seem to think that racism is somehow justifiable.
Trump needs to ruthlessly shame and push these knuckle draggers out of the GOP until they wake up and join the 21st century.
Myth #4 - Millions of Disaffected Americans will now flee to Canada
Look, I love Americans. I’m married to one (dual citizen actually). Millions of them are just down right awesome. But many are not that awesome at all. And if you think Canadians want a bunch of hyperventilating, sobbing, socialist, left wing leftovers flooding our streets, think again.
Unless you are coming because you want to actually be Canadian and contribute positively to our country...sorry, please just stay home eh.
That’s right stay home, and in 4 years you can work to...cough...make America Great Again!...heehee