2016 U.S. presidential election
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“”We're now living in a world where Billy Bush is worth $10 million to someone. How is that possible? I could replace Billy Bush with a fern and get the exact same ratings... And yet, consider the outcome for the two men involved in that pussy-grabbing video: Bush got $10 million, and Trump got elected president.
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election took place on November 8, 2016, finally putting to rest fears that President Obama is a commie-Muslim King doing everything possible to further rob the GOP base of their few remaining freedoms and usher in Sharia law before Hillary replaces it with Halakha. Her opponent was Donald J. Trump, an unwitting hero to the thousands of Americans that enjoy writing "y dos EVERYTHING hav to BE abot RACE!??!!" in the comments section of every Yahoo article.
This election was the first in recorded history where both major candidates had higher unfavorable ratings than favorable ratings. The Republican Party was too divided and discredited to stop Trump, the Democratic Party closed ranks to block Bernie Sanders, and, as a result, Trump was the only alternative in November to the hated Wall Street-funded status quo represented by Hillary Clinton (despite Trump being a wealthy individual who benefited from said status quo).
The election, topping off the already-abysmal year of 2016, resulted in Donald Trump's victory. Theoretically, he should have won 306 electoral votes versus Hillary's 232, but there were seven faithless electors. Clinton lost three votes to Colin Powell, one to Faith Spotted Eagle, and one to Bernie Sanders, while Trump lost two votes to John Kasich and Ron Paul.
“”Trump's true innovation was showing how few voters actually crave the small government/let the market decide rhetoric, including GOP base.
Trump has basically adopted the left's long-standing opposition to globalization, word for word. It's a-pro union, hard-left protectionist argument, and his fans think they're free market "conservatives." It just goes to show many of them are angry former Obama voters.
The most significant difference between the two is the most important: Trump has no connections or loyalties to the Carlyle group or PNAC. And trade agreements remain unpopular in battleground states such as Ohio, where it is blamed for years of manufacturing job losses. Republicans don't want new taxes, sure, but they also don't want unfettered free trade, market secularity, and starving infrastructure projects to cut taxes further. Unlike the GOP leaders, they don't think a 2% tax cut is worth crumbling highways. Trump also played off the undercurrent of isolationism in American culture.
“”Trump's making it clear: The election will be referendum on whether Muslim Americans are a fifth column.
Mass deportations and scaling back outsourcing is almost guaranteed to increase wages for the bottom two-thirds of the workforce. It will likely come at the expense of stock prices (since most companies outsource and then use the proceeds to do stock buybacks) and inflation (the big legacy from Reagan). These are problems that don't hit the mid/lower classes whose livelihoods are determined by their wages as opposed to dividends (401ks).
The GOP's first choice in the primary was Jeb Bush, who is a moderate on immigration. After he crashed and burned, they moved on to Rubio, who is pretty reactionary. Rubio was the establishment's way of telling the base they can have anything they want, as long as they compromise on this one point. But the candidates just couldn't resist labeling each other as soft on immigration. Cruz wanted a wall, increased border control with sci-fi technology, all kinds of crazy stuff.
Traditionally, the GOP has avoided addressing those who employ illegal immigrants and gone after the employees. Usually, it's just LIEberals who argue going after the employers, which is why Bush-Rubio's idea for mandatory E-Verify was laughed out of the debates.
Whoever decided that Obamacare should get rate hikes on November 1 should never work in government again. One week before the general election, everybody got a big bill showing their health care costs increasing. Repeal remains popular, so if the Republicans were to repeal it, they'd likely benefit electorally.
Issues that affected the general election, but played no substantial part in the primaries or debates.
- SCOTUS: Voters may not like his rhetoric, or him, but they made this Faustian bargain for other reasons. Trump holds the Senate and the house. He'll have four years and likely will get two or three Supreme Court seats to fill; with the Senate in hand, he can go as far right as he likes. That will be very far right, since he'll be trying to solidify his base to win a second term.
- Don't you think she looks tired?: The tops of the major tickets are the oldest they have ever been in history. Both major candidates were forced to cough up their medical records.
- Donald's a heart attack waiting to happen, subsists entirely on fast food, brags about only getting 3-4 hours of sleep (ah, fascists and their love of lack of sleep), and has a family history of dementia—but at least he isn't being hoisted like a scarecrow into a waiting van.[note 1]
- Syria: Trump was the peace candidate. His supporters think of war as foreign aid. They'd rather the military be deployed against black people in the cities (and if a few armored vehicles can be spared, helping the local police in their town with their blacks and white trash) and patrolling the southern border.
- There's actually a complicated argument to be had over the reality that supporting these groups always leads to bad things down the line vs. the other reality that these guys are pretty good at killing the people we want them to. But we're light-years away from that discussion as the current discourse stands.[note 2]
- PC Culture: Social conservatism doesn't fly as far as it did in the '90s. The materialist streak that drove conservatism in the '80s is becoming increasingly radicalized towards welfare chauvinism, to reflect the growing progressive chorus on the left. This is actually pretty smart because it appeals to young people who might hate certain aspects of liberalism, but can't relate to the old culture war stuff.
- Climate: Saying "Because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim?" in the middle of coal country is actually all the media's fault! (The context behind that quote is not that great, really.)
- Guns: 87% of people support the idea that suspected terrorists shouldn't be allowed to purchase assault weapons. Furthermore, 90% of Republicans support this. The problem is that plenty of law-abiding people were placed on the terror watchlist erroneously. That's the problem with secret lists, secret courts, and zero meaningful oversight.
- Another likelihood is that Democrats would instead use this issue as a hammer to bonk Republicans over the head with in November. This election will be about turnout, so both parties need their bases to be riled up.
- Worth noting: The GOP is likely to retain their raw numerical advantage in the House, but their cushion will be hit. The Senate is statistically expected to flip, and that cushion is the only thing preventing gun laws from being passed.
- Net Neutrality: Ike attacked the military. Nixon opened China. Reagan fucked the elderly. Bush turned Texas brown. Trump, the first meme President: NET NEUTRALITY MUST GO!
- Citizens United: In exchange for Bernie's endorsement, Hillary pledged to introduce an amendment to overturn Citizens United in her first 30 days as President. First of all, the lion's share of her big-money donations came from corporations; approximately 27% of it is dark money coming through SuperPACs. This is not the profile of a person who is going to turn off the spigot.
- Second, despite the common view of SCOTUS as a tool of the executive branch, rehearing a case that's less than a decade old is not something the Court likes to do. Furthermore, an amendment takes a 2/3 vote, an untenably high bar for at least the next two elections (and probably the next four). Do you think the GOP will make it virtually illegal to run attack ads on Hillary Clinton again? Without their cooperation, any campaign finance reform is dead on arrival.[note 3]
Sanders and Trump showed that if you convince the people you're out to take on the system, you can get a lot further than your actual political acumen would otherwise take you. Trump never had a coherent plan, but Bernie - and Hillary, for that matter - was seldom going to get what he wanted to be done either given the Republican Congress. In terms of policy, Trump and Sanders were on the opposite ends, but very similar in campaigning and tactics. They both made economically populist appeals to the working class and railed against the political establishment. They both sold themselves as anti-"insider". Both claimed to be a victim of the media. They both presented themselves as the only man who can clean up D.C. and serve the American people. They both presented their opponents as stooges/sell-outs. They both had vociferous and loyal supporters.
Nominees and Primaries
Then Incumbent president Barack Obama was ineligible to run in the 2016 Presidential election due to term-limits.
A largely-untested campaigner. Her '08 campaign was shockingly open to the public after her own staff kept leaking their own emails; she was so bad at running it that they wanted to clarify the dysfunction wasn't from them.
Former New York Senator and Secretary of State
|Advantages: The celebrity gap cannot be overemphasized. The DNC will have Bryan Cranston. (The Churchillian leadership and thundering oratory of Chachi will surely unite Republicans.)
Wins with seniors, southerners, minorities, women... Hillary basically wins wherever there are people. The most business-friendly candidate running: if your job depends on stability, you don't want a president who is cavalier with the national debt. Also has a baked-in advantage: Republicans are conceding the election in advance.
"Heartless Hillary"? He's now 0/2. Clinton's lucky in that her first name has 3 syllables. Makes it hard for any nickname to roll off the tongue. Politics in 2016, amirite?
|Disadvantages: Hillary's got the Jimmy Carter problem: She's not good at sound bites. No one's going to read through her website and parse her policy positions.
Can't recall a single achievement from this woman, but Econ majors seem to join the collective delusion that she's a wonk. Her policies are complicated because they are intentionally deceptive, as they come from industry think tanks, not her.
Hey, Mrs. Clinton, I'm here to fix 7 holes in your wall. A half-competent campaign would have left Sanders in the dust with O'Malley. And where are the mythical Clinton surrogates? Answer: They sat it out to fundraise. But now it looks like they overreached in some states (like GA) when their own core constituent states needed focus, which killed another third Clinton term.
Kaine broke onto the national stage following his response to the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. After that, he was promptly forgotten.
Junior Senator from Virginia
|Advantages: One of 20 people in U.S. history to serve as Mayor, Governor, and Senator. Served on the DNC, Committee of Armed Services, Committee on the Budget, and Committee on Foreign Relations.
Kaine and his wife belong to a majority-black Catholic congregation, and he was elected Mayor by a majority-black City Council. On the other hand, this doesn't bring anything new to Clinton. Fluent in Spanish.
Enjoys 100% rating by Planned Parenthood, Brady Campaign (gun control), National Education Association, Human Rights Campaign, and NARAL; a over 90% rating by League of Conservation Voters, Progressive Punch, and AFL/CIO; and an even more impressive 0% rating by American Conservative Union and Family Research Council.
|Disadvantages: The main problem is that just as Pence is Rent-A-Republican, Kaine was Rent-A-Dem. Which is fine and probably beneficial if you're running for Vice President. But as Martin O'Malley can attest, if you're trying to become President, you need something more than 'Democrat with a pulse'. His support for the TPP put him at serious odds with the base.
Clinton passed over some more enticing choices, such as Villaraigosa (the first Latino on a major ticket), Sherrod Brown (progressive Senator from a swing state with strong working-class connections), Warren (the first two-woman major ticket), Sanders (the first democratic socialist), or hell, even Booker.
Bernie started off very positive and treated Hillary with kid gloves, but after one of his staffers got caught snooping in the Clinton database, and the DNC blocked access to voter data from his campaign, the tone completely changed. Many of his supporters believe that the DNC stole the election from Sanders, which furthers youth disenchantment and helps drive down their turnout.
The real story here isn't "rigging". It's the funneling of state and Congressional campaign money into an incompetently-run presidential election. Summary: Obama neglected the party apparatus entirely; he has his own thing. Wasserman-Schultz doesn't fundraise well, bleeds party coffers dry by giving consultants cushy contracts. In 2015, Hillary was raising money from Harvey Weinstein and the like; Robby Mook offers to keep the party afloat in exchange for Democrats deferring to HRC at all times, not a big deal because they expect her to walk away with it. The voting starts, and Sanders is stronger than even Sanders expected. The party has to field competitive primaries, but itself functions as an arm of the Clinton campaign, who actually "owns" the party via controlling the purse strings. This is a big deal that everyone forgot about in '16; Hillary killed the down-ballot both because of her unpopularity and because SHE TOOK ALL THEIR MONEY.
The Republican nominee is known popularly for kicking Gary Busey off his game show.
|Advantages: "Self-funding" his campaign and can say what he wants; this makes him stand out on a stage full of empty suits. The past 5 elections went to the more charismatic candidate; Hillary can't compete with Trump there. The more people listen to Trump, the more he'll convert.
Trump is an anomaly because he's all over the map. We will never understand how Trump gets away with calling himself "conservative." He PREVENTED the real conservatives from winning the nomination by being the only non-conservative in the primaries. Trump may not be that popular among Republican voters, but the party leadership was liked even less.
The Trump campaign is operating at a lemonade stand level, but that doesn't matter, because he's still testing Clinton (who has 51 field offices to his 1) where it counts. His "campaign" is pretty much entirely cable news.
He's locked down the Cuban vote, which the Republicans absolutely need.
|Disadvantages: Jabba didn't get so rich and control so many systems by being a generous overlord. Also, continuing to show he has no idea what he's talking about. ("Let's shut down their part of the Internet... infiltrate the Internet...") He really can't handle the idea of someone else dominating the news, for any reason; if he can't shut down his Mexican Tourette's, then he's in trouble.
Further isolating Republicans across the board (while reaching out to Sanders supporters weirdly) is just an awful strategy all around if he wants to win in November. First major presidential candidate to have been called a fascist in the international press.
New Yorkers already dislike Trump, but the pizza incident is unforgivable.
An ice-chewing X-Man villain who calls his wife "mother."
Mike "Like It in the Crapper? You Get the Zapper" Pence
Governor of Indiana
|Advantages: Pence is a damn maniac as well, but at least it's an ethos. As soon as Trump picked him, it was all over for Hillary in Iowa.
Helps shore up the evangelical vote and establishment Rs. Pence is also dull and invisible, which is how Trump prefers it.
|Disadvantages: The most right-wing pick since (who else?) Agnew. It doesn't help that Trump intends to give the day-to-day presidential work to Pence. Swell.
Just call him Typhoid Mike. The crisis originated from an anti-gay law that he foolishly passed, which cost the state tons of business, forcing him to repeal it.
|“||TV turns [Trump] on and only TV can turn him off... He has no need for the RNC. He already owns primetime.||”|
Conventional campaigning was wasted money this cycle, as "vanity" candidates like Trump and Carson began way ahead of the candidates spending millions on field operations. He absolutely crushed Rand Paul and Jeb Bush, both of whom had robust field campaigns.[note 4] CNN's job is to make money, and Trump brings eyeballs.
More to the point, their core base is dying off, so Republicans need to run more TV/movie stars. Worked with Reagan, Schwarzenegger, and now a reality show star (face it, he was better at that than real estate). It's not irrelevant that Clint Eastwood, of all people, was given a prime-time speaking slot at the last convention.
Adding to that, you can see by the step change in the graph here that the leadership had plenty of time to unite and stop Trump, but kept their heads firmly in their asses. 17 nominees, fucking really?
Gary is the first Libertarian candidate to poll over 10%, so that's a breath of fresh air to a drowning man. Most of his "supporters" were waiting for an excuse to jump ship like the rats they are.
Former Governor of New Mexico
|Advantages: He served 8 years as governor, so we like to think he at least has a concept of what running an executive office entails. If the Kochs are throwing money at him, he'll get his 5 minutes on Jimmy Fallon.
Clinton stupidly pulled out of Colorado, thinking she wasn't going to bleed voters to Trump, but what has happened is that her absence led to bleeding of voters to Johnson. Colorado is a libertarian-friendly state and, of course, is a state with legal marijuana. Not that it mattered, as she ended up winning Colorado anyway.
|Disadvantages: Gary's run before, and failed to inspire the kind of enthusiasm it takes to matter. At best, he'll be a spoiler who throws votes to Donald. The next serious third-party contender will have to borrow the mold from Ross Perot, as in "be a billionaire."
Johnson was picked for marketability; don't mistake the nomination for having the support of his party. Johnson doesn't believe in gun background checks, but he's open to discussing it, which opponents took to mean he's soft on guns. (Liberals want to melt down every gun in America!) And they just 'never mind' that contractor who shot up an army base because he thought his microwave was sending demonic messages to his brain.
A net win for Hillary as she holds onto the Latino and women vote. Libertarians ought to be in a sweet spot with the "socially liberal, fiscal conservative" crowd, but they just can't get on board with his crazy ideas. Here we have a politician who wants to end the war on drugs, but also launched the private prison industry...
Legal counsel during the Watergate inquiry, an odd coincidence.
Former Governor of Massachusetts
|Advantages: Picking Weld as his running mate was a stroke of genius: The LP now has a more qualified ticket than the GOP. In fact, he's second-most qualified in a race against HRC. Just let the full magnitude of that statement sink in.[note 5]
Weld gained national recognition in fighting public corruption: he won 109 convictions out of 111 cases.
|Disadvantages: Failed to unseat John Kerry of all people. Weld supports gay and abortion rights... and also co-chaired Romney's campaign in New York. Weld endorsed his pal Romney again for president in 2012. Connections trump principles!
When he was ridiculed for his lily-white heritage and wealth and all that (his ancestors came over on the Mayflower), he responded, "Actually, they weren't on the Mayflower. They sent the servants over first to get the cottage ready."
By the end, Weld was openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton out of fear that Trump could be elected.
I just got a nomination, but then I got high
Both Johnson and his campaign were abysmal failures during the election, though. His talking points were pretty damn uninspiring, mainly because he ignored economic issues at a time when economic issues were paramount and literally defaulted to their "we support weed" argument. (Remember that video of Johnson blowing up on a Guardian reporter after he was questioned about his economic plans?) As a speaker, he's completely forgettable.
A significant minority turned out to vote "Not Trump" while staying true to the party down-ballot. Many of them said they'd vote Johnson or maybe Clinton (or if you're in Utah, Evan McMullin). Still, in the privacy of the voting booth, they caved. In every state, the number of people who voted for Johnson was significantly less than his projected share of the vote. In fact, if 1% of the voters had chosen Johnson instead of Trump (like they kept telling pollsters), Clinton would have been president.
Remember, we're dealing with Libertarians. You don't want to go down that rabbit hole.
Doctor Jill Stein
|Advantages: An advocate for single-payer for a long time. A nationwide switch to green energy and green jobs is her #1 issue. Stein suggests that she'd rather shut down nonrenewable power plants over time as they're replaced with wind/solar/geothermal. If the party continues to mellow out, we may see them attract more swing voters.|
|Disadvantages: Jill is that mom on Facebook you unfollow because she has a monopoly on "being the right kind of mom": Dense as a rock and has no clue what she is talking about 90% of the time.
The base is aggressively anti-nuclear, anti-GMO, and anti-vax, and while the party has since toned down those planks (e.g., anti-vax spam is now banned on their Facebook page), Jill remains wishy-washy on those topics. The Green party still endorses "other healing approaches".
She can't even win in her hometown.
Star of TV's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
|Advantages: Longtime human rights activist.|
|Disadvantages: Globalresearch-type moonbat. He talks like no black person or Muslim has ever done anything wrong in history (except working with whites and non-Muslims, rather than instigating a race war). He denounced the Charlie Hebdo rallies as a "white power march", thinks the Charlie Hebdo shooting and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were false flag operations, and accused Bernie Sanders of promoting white supremacy and being an "establishment prop". Nice choice, Doc; this will definitely will get the disaffected Berniebros on board.|
To save some people the trip to Google...
Yes, Darryl Cherney was the Green Party candidate running against Jill Stein. You Jillbots never give up, do you? Last we checked, the party doesn't vote until August! #SeeYouInHouston
Minor third party candidates
The following candidates may be standing in one or more states. They ranged from long-established minor parties to joke candidates.
- Bob Whitaker for the American Freedom Party, whom even Wikipedia describes as a "white supremacist"
- Tom Hoefling for the Constitution Party and its off-shoot America's Party
- James Hedges for the Prohibition Party
- Gloria La Riva, a community activist and organizer for the American Indian Movement, for the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Colorado, and the Peace and Freedom Party in California
- Mimi Soltysik for the Socialist Party USA
- Alyson Kennedy, for the Socialist Workers Party
- Monica Moorehead, a former teacher and one-time supporter of the Black Panther Party from Alabama, for the Workers World Party
- Chris Keniston, for the Veterans Party of America
- Evan McMullin, an anti-Trump conservative Republican running as an independent candidate in Utah
- Rod Silva, a restauranteur standing for the Nutrition Party, at least in Colorado
- Rocky De La Fuente, for Reform Party and his own American Delta Party; he had previously campaigned for the Democrat nomination in 2016
- Dan R. Vacek, a pro-marijuana activist for Legal Marijuana Now, standing in Iowa and Minnesota
David French, attorney and blogger for National Review. Ah, just what this country needs: someone who reviews Game of Thrones episodes while complaining about its SJW fanbase, every week as president. French, a registered Independent, put out a statement saying that he deeply considered running, but decided not to.
“”Mexican government policies are pushing migration north. There isn't any sensible approach except what we need to do simultaneously, you know — secure our borders, technology, personnel, physical barriers if necessary, in some places.
“”I have an especially purulent contempt for those Democrats who went cravenly along with the bellicose frenzy back in ’03, as opposed to the more formal “Morning, Sam/ Morning, Ralph” enmity I feel toward Republicans, who are, by their own cheerful admission, out-and-out villains. My feeling toward Republicans is like my feeling about sharks... It may be true that sexism was a factor in this campaign—I myself voiced my suspicion months ago that America still hated women more than it hated black men—but, in the end, Hillary Clinton lost because she deserved to.
|—Tim Kreider in 2008|
Trump accidentally stumbled (and lucked) his way into a path to victory. We know he didn't use data or anything because he doesn't trust statistics. Apparently, Trump just held mass rallies where he thought the most people would show up. Zero data or voter mobilization. Everyone was mocking him for campaigning in Clinton's northern firewall. Using pure animalistic instinct, he discovered a small number of whites in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were willing to switch parties, and he dragged the Republicans kicking and screaming over the finish line. Of course, he'd never have won if Clinton had been nearly as good as Obama at inspiring people to turn out for her; Democratic turnout dropped significantly in 2016 in big liberal cities in swing states (e.g., Milwaukee and Detroit), obviously due to a lack of enthusiasm for Clinton.
More to the point, Trump flipped four states (Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin) despite getting a plurality of the vote in each: most voters voted against him but didn't unite behind Clinton enough to allow her to win. Bernie Sanders often notes, correctly, that Trump's victory was really more of a Clinton loss than a Trump victory: Trump's improvements over Romney were modest at best compared with the massive dropoff in support for Clinton compared to Obama. Therefore, it is clear that disapproval of Clinton was more important than approval of Trump. It is inaccurate to point to Trump's nonexistent "brilliant strategy" as the reason for his victory. Also, the fact that the race was close was hardly surprising given that the Dems had controlled the White House for 8 years already and that the economy wasn't exactly spectacular.
Trump did amazing with people on the bottom half compared to his predecessors, Clinton did amazing with people on the top half compared to her predecessors. They still trended the traditional rich/poor divide, but the shift was staggering. Clinton won a ton of hyper-rich districts that haven't been Dem since FDR like Orange County. The big shock was Pennsylvania going for Trump, despite the numerous terrible things he said about the state. He did better in PA during the primaries than the other candidates.
The media is stuck on a very contrarian idea that Trump's win had nothing to do with the economy and that the Electoral College stole the election. They also pretend that Trump's economic message played no part. Still, a state-by-state survey showed that the people who actually matter in Presidential elections care more about economics than people in safe states. In her new book, Hillary instead blames Russia, blames the FBI, blames other people generally, and sexism.
Hillary outspent her opponent by a considerable amount, had virtually the entire establishment's backing, and still lost:
- Trump entered the race after a meeting with Bill, where he was encouraged to "have a bigger role in shaping the future." They literally handpicked their opponent and still lost to him. She even signal-boosted him because she thought he would lose. It was the "pied Piper" strategy per the emails.
- Didn't campaign where Bernie beat her. Gambled her entire campaign on 8-year-old polling data from the previous President. The polling led many liberals to believe they didn't even need to vote, and led Trump supporters to believe they needed to vote en masse to prove a point. More Democrats voted for Trump than Republicans voted for Clinton, despite the "Never Trump" noise. Clinton mistook damage control for party disloyalty, and it cost the Democrats big in down-ballot races.
- She also put no effort into campaigning in the rust belt even though her husband and other people told her to. She made little or no attempt to connect with people outside her base of middle-class professionals and wealthy backers. Her campaign was run by soulless policy robots and her roundtable of sorority girls. If you read the post-mortem and Podesta's emails, it's like they're trying to assemble this simulacrum half-blind, whereby whatever they decide will be what the candidate (most qualified of all time) not only has always been, but is also ipso facto evidence of her being the most qualified of all time. Clinton accidentally insulted the people who she wanted to vote for her ("...put coal out of business..." "...basement dwellers....", "...basket of deplorables...") because she thought it was going to be a massive blowout win.[note 6]
- It's not Trump's economic policy that made him win; it was Clinton's failure to establish a competing vision about economics and power that did. The Democrats left a vacuum. She actually had some policies that maybe would have helped people that didn't vote for her a little, but they were bloodless market-driven incentive type stuff that nobody sane would get excited about to keep things sweet with donors. Even if Clinton could have broken 50% of the popular vote (which looked unlikely anyway), they'd have said the election results were simply a referendum on Trump and not actually reflecting the desires of the American people.
- Hillary was caught not properly caring for classified information from the Defense Department. If it was a subordinate of hers, they would have been 100% charged. Still, because she's an "Original Classifying Authority" (as per an Executive Order Obama signed), then she can keep moving the goalposts whenever it's convenient and make rhetorical exercises like there being no proof of intent (which is impossible unless she was dumb enough to put it on paper), even though she was an OCA for the wrong department. Her lawyer husband then decided to have an "impromptu" meeting with the attorney general, prompting Lorretta Lynch to recuse herself. FBI Director James Comey confirmed the sketchiness in a July press conference. Nate Silver did the analysis and came back saying that the Comey Letter (which Giuliani boasted about knowing was coming for weeks until people pointed out that it was illegal for him and the FBI to be sitting on) was enough to push Trump over the top at precisely the right time. Clinton collapsed from a 4% lead to 2% in the week following his little stunt.
- We also found out the Clinton campaign financed the so-called "piss tape" dossier. It was in and out of the news in the blink of an eye. Right-wingers are noticing that and will be endlessly using it for recruitment. Good luck trying to stop Trump when right-wingers have evidence of a conspiracy against Trump. All they had to do was allow Trump to fail on his own and fight him legislatively. Still, they led the Democrats into contributing to the fuel that will unite the Republicans under Trump for the foreseeable future.
Three-fifths of a vote
Surveys showed Hillary polling lower among Cubans than in other states with a high Latino population. Still, North Carolina should have almost been in the bag for Clinton, and Arizona was still in play. In all three states, people of color make up a much larger population share than they do in other states. Because whites are basically the only demographic who felt energized by Trump, pollsters significantly overestimated her chances.
Lots of minorities were effectively banned from the polls. In 2013, the Roberts Court struck down a crucial part of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated the DOJ to review changes in states with a history of voter discrimination (i.e., the entire South), to make sure they don't disproportionately affect people of color (and poor whites). This freed up Republicans to prevent as many Democrats from voting as possible. Several hundred polling places were closed in these states, disproportionately in areas with non-white residents, and many had to wait hours in line to cast a vote--if they bothered to show up at all. Voter ID laws, which disproportionately affect people who lack time to register for them (e.g., poor people), also played a role.
Not to be outdone, Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) announced they wouldn't reschedule the deadline for voter registration, even after a hurricane swept the state just days prior. A federal judge overruled him.
These states also have "tough on crime" measures that result in minorities losing their right to vote. If rural white backlash cost the Democrats the north, Jim Crow-era policies cost them the south.
- Bradley effect — Given the near-universal contempt for Trump amongst minorities and the linking of his campaign with racist attitudes, you may expect the Bradley Effect to come into play this cycle.
- 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination — In the meantime, maybe you should check out the other circus elephants; it'll be fun, we promise.
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- 2016 Republican National Convention — A convention like no other.
- 2020 U.S. presidential election - The even darker, bleaker, and more disturbing sequel, but this one seems to be having a much happier, and slightly comedic, ending. Huh.
- Here's one reason to peek out from the Despair Bunker: Hillary's pneumonia is playing out sympathetically with the public. It seems that in this election, negatives are positives and positives are negatives. Conducting yourself with decorum makes you "establishment," and getting caught in career-ending situations is the big, bad media trying to get you. War is peace!
- Let's see if we can untangle this: When WaPo reported that Trump seemed to insinuate that Obama is working with terrorists, they lost their press credentials. The next day, Trump congratulated himself for being "right" about Obama working with terrorists. (Top-tier journalism as always at Breitbart.) He literally cannot go 24 hours without contradicting himself. (It's 24 hours on a good day. If Trump was in a coma, he'd wake up once a day, say "I'm fine", then fall back into the coma.)
- One might argue that state CFR could be used to challenge the ruling, but Montana already tried that, only to get slapped down with a 9-0 for being insubordinate. Statewide CFR would be ineffective, seeing how you could just move your PAC somewhere else.
- Jeb! is already sorely missed. We enjoyed Trump roughing him up on national TV, but it got unduly nasty sometimes. He generally seemed to profess sincere beliefs and kept it to politics, rather than all this dick-waving, white victim crap. Now that the more politically focused among the party are disillusioned and silent, we are truly left with only the most vicious and pathetic caricatures. So settle in and prepare to have your minds awakened (again and again) to the sad plight of the white man, burdened and repressed all at once by the Great Strahweh, peace be upon him.
- There hasn't been a Presidential ticket with two governors since 1948. Combined, they have more executive experience than any other ticket in the last 68 years.
- In Shattered, they said that her crew hastily wrote a concession speech that they hadn't prepared yet, so her supporters had to wait until the next morning. The arrogance of not preparing a concession speech and also not be willing to improvise in front of her adoring cult is classic HRC.
- Trump falsely claims biggest electoral win since Reagan Cummings, William. USA Today. FEB.16.17
- Magary, "The Least Influential People of 2016", GQ 12.21.16.
- Christie tells Obama, "We are gonna kick your rear end out of the White House!" WaPo 1.15.16. (Preeetttty sure he was leaving anyway, bro.)
- Diamond, Jeremy, "Trump tweet evoking anti-Semitic imagery first posted on fringe message board", CNN (7/3/16 at 6:36 PM ET).
- Which candidates did the seven "faithless" electors support? Boccagno, Julia. CBS News. DEC.21.16
- 31 Oct 2016 Tweet, 2:12 PM.
- Jobson, Barney, "FT survey shows US business balks at backing Trump", Financial Times (5/18/16 at 9:15 am). The way things are going, Dems will be free trade international capitalists in opposition to nationalistic central planners.
- Cohn, Nate (2017-08-15). "The Obama-Trump Voters Are Real. Here's What They Think". NYT 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
- Torry, Jack, "Free Trade is Key Issue in Race for U.S. Senate in Ohio", Columbus Dispatch (3/20/16 at 7:16 PM).
- Newport, Frank, "Trump Family Leave, Infrastructure Proposals Widely Popular", Gallup 7 April 2017.
- 11:40 AM - 13 Jun 2016 Tweet.
- Easley, Jonathan, "Trump: Bush’s wife influences his immigration positions", WaPo (07/08/15 11:23 PM EDT). The true measure of a man is the underwear model he keeps!
- Sean Sullivan and Katie Zezima, "It’s on: Rubio and Cruz clash over immigration and the GOP’s future", WaPo 11.9.15.
- Strauss, Daniel "Trump fumes as Cruz steals wall mojo", Politico (Updated 01/06/16 02:43 PM EST).
- Tuttle, Ian, "Donald Trump Thinks American Workers Aren’t Good Enough for the Trump Organization", National Review (2/25/16 at 4:58 PM).
- McAlone, Nathan, "Uber may become an issue in the US presidential race as Hillary Clinton vows to crack down on worker 'misclassification'", Business Insider (7/13/15 at 1:09 PM ). Uber and airbnb undercutting taxis and hotels = good, Mexicans undercutting Americans = bad
- Transcript of Republican Candidates Debate in Cleveland, Ohio 6 August 2015.
- Demko, Paul, "Obamacare's November surprise", Politico (05/02/16 05:22 AM EDT).
- McMcalmont, Lucy, "Gallup: New low for Obamacare", Politico (11/17/14 06:00 AM EST).
- Michael Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer, "Thrilling Christian conservative audience, Trump vows to lift ban on politicking, appoint antiabortion judges", WaPo 22 July 2016.
- Montgomery, Peter, "Trump Turns To Far-Right Heritage Foundation For Future Supreme Court Nominees", Right Wing Watch (3/22/2016 1:53 pm).
- Byrnes, Jesse, "Trump on Bush going into Iraq: 'They lied'", The Hill (13 February 2016, 9:47 PM EST)
- Sullivan, Sean, "Trump excuses Mike Pence’s Iraq War vote — but slams Hillary Clinton for voting the same way", WaPo July 2016.
- Kull, Steven, "American public support for foreign aid in the age of Trump", Brookings Institute July 2017.
- Hogan, Susan, "St. Louis officers chant ‘whose streets, our streets’ while arresting protesters", Wapo 18 September 2017.
- Burnett, John, "Borderland Trump Supporters Welcome A Wall In Their Own Backyard", NPR (12 August 2016,5:04 AM ET).
- Bruenig, Elizabeth, "Is Donald Trump Sparking a Conservative Culture War?", New Republic 1.26.16.
- Strauss, Daniel, "Clinton haunted by coal country comment", Politico (05/10/2016 05:14 AM EDT).
- Kennedy, Brian, "Clinton, Trump supporters deeply divided over use of fossil fuel energy sources", Pew Research 31 October 2016.
- Goode, Darren, 'Clinton's coal aid plan leaves critics cold", Politico (Updated 12 November 20151, 6:42 PM EST).
- Schor, Elana, "Climate lessons from the Clinton campaign's hacked emails", Politico 22 October 2016.
- Flowers, Andrew, "The Problems With Using The Terrorist Watch List To Ban Gun Sales", FiveThirtyEight (6/20/16 at 9:00 AM ).
- Gambino, Lauren, "Hillary Clinton pledges to make gun control a 'voting issue' for Democrats ", The Guardian (11/4/15 at 8:22 EST).
- Waldman, Paul, "Republicans may finally pay a price for toeing NRA line on guns", WaPo (6/17/16).
- "The 2016 Presidential Candidates' Views on Net Neutrality and Broadband", Gizmodo (3/01/16 at 6:00am).
- McGough, Michael, "Democrats united in (over)promising to reverse Citizens United ", LA Times (7/26/16, 2:05 PM).
- Bier, Daniel, "Bernie Sanders on Open Borders: Silly, Tribal and Economically Illiterate" Newsweek (7/30/15 at 12:43 PM).
- Proposed legislation on TBTF. Four whole pages of legislation on how to deal with the largest financial system in the world!
- Kruger, Allan B., "The Minimum Wage: How Much Is Too Much?", 10.9.15.
- Sanders, Bernie, "To Rein In Wall Street, Fix the Fed", NYT op-ed 12.23.15.
- Carey, Kevin, "The Trouble With Hillary Clinton’s Free Tuition Plan", NYT 7.19.16.
- Wolfers Justin, "Uncovering the Bad Math (or Logic) of an Economic Analysis Embraced by Bernie Sanders" NYT 2.26.16.
- Wagner, John, "An expensive reminder that Sanders still hasn’t dropped out: His Secret Service detail", WaPo 6/19/16. It's costing taxpayers $38,000 every day he remains in the "race".
- Debenedetti, Gabriel, "Bernie's Roman holiday", Politico (Updated 04/17/16 11:42 AM EDT). Hit the music!
- Patterson, Thomas E., "Pre-Primary News Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Race: Trump’s Rise, Sanders’ Emergence, Clinton’s Struggle", Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy (6/13/16 at 6:00 am).
- Ye Hee Lee, Michelle, "Sanders’s claim that he ‘does not have a super PAC’", WaPo 2.11.16.
- Berman, Richard, "The Democrats' dark money hypocrisy", The Hill (05/09/16 09:00 AM EDT).
- Mac, Tim, "Bernie Sanders Loves This $1 Trillion War Machine", Daily Beast (02.08.16 9:01 PM ET).
- Green, Joshua, "The Front-Runner’s Fall", Atlantic Sept. 2008.
- Peters, Jeremy W., "Speakers at Donald Trump’s Convention: Tim Tebow, Peter Thiel, but No Sarah Palin?", NYT 7.13.16. Night one of the RNC is dedicated to Benghazi. Really.
- Kirkland, Allegra, "RNC Speaker Scott Baio Tweeted Meme Referring To Hillary Clinton As A C**t", TPM (7/18/16 at 3:05 PM EDT).
- Bernstein, David S., "Donald Trump Needs 7 of 10 White Guys", Politico 3/4/16.
- Ramesh Ponnuru, Hillary Clinton & 2016 Election Winner", National Review.
- Tami Luhby, CNN Money. You'd never know America's middle class was in trouble from watching the Republican debates... until Bernie trolled them via Twitter.
- Engel, Pamela, "Donald Trump is trying out a new nickname for Hillary Clinton", Business Insider (20 May 2016, 3:25 PM).
- Adam Cryer, Robert Pear, and Robin Toner, "THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE: What Went Wrong? How the Health Care Campaign Collapsed -- A special report; For Health Care, Times Was A Killer", NYT 29 August 1994.
- Linksey, Annie, "As a senator, Hillary Clinton was hands-off on Wall Street", Boston Globe 17 January 2016.
- Jo Becker and Scott Shane, "Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator’s Fall", NYT 27 February 2016.
- Enten, Harry, "Americans’ Distaste For Both Trump And Clinton Is Record-Breaking", FiveThirtyEight (5/5/16 at 8:29 AM).
- Niall Stanage and Amie Parnes, "Hillary Searches For Theme", WaPo (10/6/15 at 6:00 am).
- Douglas Perry, "Anti-Donald Trump Republicans believe they can make Gen. James Mattis president," The Oregonian. ... to the point of plotting to take advantage of Twelfth Amendment tiebreaker rules if the party splits due to Trump.
- Ballhaus, Rebecca, "Hillary Clinton’s Growing Problem With Independents", WSJ (5/3/16 at 9:42 am ET).
- Lieven, Anatol "A Hawk Named Hillary", The Nation (11/25/14).
- Nussbaum, Matthew, "The moments Pence’s plane flirted with disaster", Politico (28 October 2016, 12:35 AM EDT).
- Greenberg, Jon, "Sanders spins the facts when he says campaign did not 'go out and take' Clinton data", Politifact (12/2215 at 3:19 p.m.).
- Snyder, Riley, "Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded", Politifact (6/18/16 at 6:40 p.m.).
- Epstein, Jennifer, "Sanders’ Quest for Superdelegates Loses One After Virgin Island Official Flips to Clinton", Bloomberg (5/17/16 at 11:46 AM PDT ).
- Bergin, Bridgid, "City Board of Elections Admits It Broke the Law, Accepts Reforms", WNYC 24 October 2017.
- Rupert, Evelyn, "Democrats vote to overhaul superdelegate system", The Hill (23 July 2016, 8:44 PM EDT). Basically, they're terrified that they don't have the option of pulling the ripcord on a McGovern-style candidate, and they'll lose donors.
- Evelyn, Rupert, "Sanders: Primary isn't 'rigged,' just 'dumb'", The Hill (28 May 2016, 7:40 PM EDT).
- Price, Greg, "Obama gets blamed for Clinton-Sanders 'rigging' scandal that's rocked Democratic Party", Newsweek (3 November 2017 at 3:47 PM).
- Jilani, Zaid, "Harvey Weinstein Urged Clinton Campaign to Silence Sanders’ Black Lives Matter Message"], The Intercept October 2016, 1:16pm.
- Kenneth P. Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf, "DNC sought to hide details of Clinton funding deal", Politico (26 July 2016, 6:32 AM EDT).
- Brazille, Donna, "Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC", Politico 2 November 2017.
- FactChecking the CNBC Debate.
- Shafer, Jack, "The Limits of Fact-Checking", Politico, 12.24.15.
- Gass, Nick, "Trump defends himself: I'm a conservative", Politico (20 August 2015, 7:32 AM EDT).
- Tracy, Abigail, "Campaign Feud Between Top Trump Aides Gets Ugly", Vanity Fair (5/25/16 at 11:05 am).
- Gabriel, Trip, "Trump Campaign Vows to Fund Florida Push, Official Says, but Cash Is in Limbo", NYT 9.20.16.
- Smith, Adam C., "While Hillary Clinton touts 51 Florida field offices, Donald Trump still has just one", Tampa Bay Times (9/1/16 at 11:07am).
- Ellefson, Lindsey, "CBS CEO on Trump Campaign: It ‘May Not be Good for America, but It’s Damn Good for CBS’", Mediate (2/29/16 4:18 pm). Why would Trump spend money on airtime when all he needs to do is open his big stupid mouth?
- Emily Atkin, Tweet (5/26/16 at 11:05am). In fairness, an empty podium is vastly preferable to an actual Trump speech.
- Alvarez, Joshua, "Trump Disrupts Cuban-American Politics", The Atlantic. 3.17.16.
- Gold, Hadas, "Fox News takes on Trump", Politico (03/04/16 12:55 AM EST).
- Scott Bixby and Tom McCarthy, "Donald Trump: critics who allege antisemitism are 'sick people'", Guardian (7/6/16 at 19:42 EDT). The House is having Comey testify, and instead of that being the big story, we get incoherent rambling about Saddam and the Star of David tweet (AGAIN), mosquitoes, sleepy eye Chuck Todd, fucking Jack Niklaus and Don King.
- Hohmann, James, "The Daily 202: Trump’s attacks on the GOP’s most prominent Latina, Susana Martinez, should alarm Republicans", WaPo (5.25.16. at 8:49 pm.)
- Kevin Cirilli, Michael C. Bender, and Jennifer Jacobs, "Trump Orders Surrogates to Intensify Criticism of Judge and Journalists", Bloomberg (7/6/16 at 1:08 PM PDT, Updated 7/6/16 at 2:22 PM PDT).
- Black, "The founder of a white nationalist website says Donald Trump is helping his cause", Business Insider 12.14.15.
- That black support Trump promises he'll win? It doesn't exist.
- Bump, Phillip, "Why is Trump trailing? Half of Republicans wish they had a different nominee.", WaPo 6.30.16.
- Wolf, Leon H., "Trump Can’t Keep Himself from Attacking Republicans for One Month", RedState 9.4.16.
- Schreckinger, Ben, "Trump vows to contest the West Coast", Politico (06/01/16 11:41 PM EDT).
- Blake, Aaron, "Donald Trump’s bad month just got worse, because Sanders backers just rallied to Clinton", WaPo (6/26/16 at 9:10 AM)
- Tom LoBianco and Jennifer Agiesta, "At the starting gate: Clinton leads Trump by double-digits", CNN (Updated 5/4/16 10:13 AM ET).
- Barbaro, Michael & Parker, Ashley, "A G.O.P. Majority in New Hampshire Pipes Up: We’re Not for Donald Trump", The New York Times.
- Schloss, Eva, "Anne Frank's stepsister: 'Donald Trump is acting like Hitler'", Newsweek.
- Donald Trump has gone too far for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen Vox, 11 Dec 2015.
- Edgar Sandoval & Helen Kennedy, "Sarah Palin, Donald Trump split a pepperoni pizza", NY Daily News 6.1.11. Trump took Palin out to have a true "New York experience." He took her to a Famiglia (a mediocre pizza chain, it's like saying you're going to get authentic Chinese then going to Panda Express) and ate his pizza with a knife and fork.
- "Why voters in Iowa are leaning towards Donald Trump", Economist (9/13/16 at 11:59).
- Enten, Harry, "Mike Pence Is A Really Conservative And Mostly Unknown VP Pick", FiveThirtyEight (7/14/16 at 3:06 PM).
- Draper, Robert, "How Donald Trump Picked His Running Mate", New York Times Magazine 20 July 2016.
- Brown, "To My Former TV Colleagues: Just Stop.", Politico 12.11.15.
- Frank Luntz: "My legs are shaking looking at these numbers."
- Wang, Sam, "The GOP’s deadline problem", Princeton Election Consortium (2/11/16, 3:31pm).
- Silver, Nate, "Why Republican Voters Decided on Trump", FiveThirtyEight (5/4/16 at 2:51 AM).
- Carl Bialik and Harry Enten, "The Polls Missed Trump. We Asked Pollsters Why.", FiveThirtyEight (11/9/16 at 4:53 PM).
- Weigel, David, "Libertarian hopeful Gary Johnson denies rumor of ‘eight-figure’ Koch campaign donation", WaPo (5/19/06 at 1:38 PM).
- Leo Shane III and George R. Altman, "This poll of the U.S. military has Gary Johnson tied with Donald Trump in the race for president", Military Times 9.21.16.
- Johnson is undoubtedly aiming for Sanders supporters. Even borrows his slogans.
- Ames, "The Gary Johnson Swindle and the Degradation of Third Party Politics", NSWCORP (11/6/12 at 12:10 p.m.).
- Chandrasekhar, Brett, "Ron Paul Won’t Vote for Gary Johnson, and He’s Right", Libertarian Republic 10.1.16.
- "Gary Johnson Shoots Himself in the Foot: Throws Out Austin Petersen’s Gun", LibertyHangout.org 5.30.16.
- 2016 Libertarian Debate, 20m 00s.
- GovGaryJohnson -329 points. Let them eat empty platitudes!
- Lund, Jeb, "Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson is no Libertarian. He's a pro-pot Trump", The Guardian (1/7/16 at 13:15 EST).
- Evans, Zefron, "Gary Johnson Talks Rand Paul, Presidency, Prisons, and More on Reddit", Reason (8/27/14, 12:01 pm).
- Nelson, Louis, "VP Libertarian candidate Weld: I'm 'vouching for Mrs. Clinton'", Politico (11/02/16 07:03 AM EDT).
- Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone, "Gary Johnson erupts when asked about his tax policy and the success of his rival", Guardian (27 Oct 2016, 7:00 AM EDT).
- B-but she has motherly values!
- She's still "the most successful female candidate in history", though.
- Speaking of 90%, in the course of explaining why she wants to take votes away from Hillary, she accidentally tweeted her ISideWith test which showed she agreed with Clinton on almost everything.
- Her AMA went to shit pretty fast. She gave a well-thought-out response that totally made sense, and then she said she was vegan + fish and some dairy. She pulled a Bill Clinton!
- "How Dr. Jill Stein Will Erase Student Loan Debt, The Young Turks 6.8.16.
- Kinane, Seán, "Jill Stein says Edward Snowden would be in her cabinet if she becomes president", WMNF 7.13.16. Well, Trump is letting 4chan run his campaign, it seems natural for Stein to let Reddit run hers.
- Facciani, Matthew, "Five Reasons Why This Bernie Sanders Supporter Cannot Vote for Jill Stein", Patheos 7.15.16.
- Facciani, Matthew, "Jill Stein thinks Wi-Fi could be dangerous for our brains", Patheos 8.1.16.
- Stein, "Stein Calls Britain a Wake Up Call", 6.24.16. (Nice try, Doctor. Here is the original.)
- Clifton, Allen, "Green Party Hero Jill Stein Busted Trying to Cover Up Her Praise of Bigotry-Driven Brexit", Forward Progressive 6.27.16.
- Facciani, Matthew, "Jill Stein finally gives a more direct answer about vaccines…and it’s terrible", Patheos 7.29.16.
- Power to the People Plan
- 2016 Platform Amendment Proposal: Health Care
- Baraka, "The Charlie Hebdo White Power Rally in Paris - A Celebration of Western Hypocrisy", Dissident Voice 1.14.15.
- Resnik, Gideon, "The Wild Beliefs of Ajamu Baraka, Jill Stein’s Green Party Running Mate", Daily Beast (08/16/16 at 10:00 PM ET).
- Pullam-Moore, Charles, "The Green Party’s new VP candidate has some questionable views on Beyoncé", Fusion.
- Peace and Freedom Party picks Gloria La Riva as presidential nominee, LA Times
- Haberman, Maggie, "Evan McMullin, Anti-Trump Republican, Mounts Independent Presidential Bid", NYT 8.8.16.
- Interview with Dan Vacek, Legal Marijuana Now Presidential Nominee, Independent Political Report
- Chait, Jonathan, "Desperate Bill Kristol Recruits Blogger David French to Run for President Against Trump", New York Magazine (5/31/16 at 5:51 p.m.). R.I.P. #NeverTrump. They can't even get this random idiot to run for President, and you have to assume that he was one of the last ones they asked.
- "GoT Recap: Social Justice Edition".
- Hillary Clinton says US need to secure borders, and illegals should be deported and build a wall , Council on Foreign Relations.
- Krieder, "When Will It End?", The Pain 21 May 2008.
- Hillary Clinton’s Urban Turnout Problem
- Where Hillary Clinton Fell Short, Andrew McGill, the Atlantic, December 2, 2016
- Sure, There Were Some Obama-Trump Voters. Who Cares?, Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, August 15, 2017
- Frank, Robert, "The Rich Vote Republican? Maybe Not This Election", NYT October 2016.
- Wasserman, David, "How Trump Could Win The White House While Losing The Popular Vote", FiveThirtyEight (9/15/16 at 6:28 pm).
- "Former Miss Pennsylvania will pay Trump $5 million for defamation, despite her pleas the award will “financially devastate” her", New York Post 7.4.13.
- Brian X. McCrone and Lauren Mayk, "Trump in Philadelphia Calls Out Mayor Kenney for 'Doing a Terrible Job'", NBC 10 (9/4/16 at 12:14 AM EDT).
- Eli Watkins and Rachel Carson, "Trump campaign doubles down on election fraud claims: 'If Hillary Wins PA Then She Cheated'", CNN (Updated 8/13/16 at 11:18 AM ET).
- Pacewitz, Josh, "Here’s the real reason Rust Belt cities and towns voted for Trump", WaPo December 2016.
- Engel, Pamela, "New book suggests Hillary Clinton blamed everyone but herself for her humiliating defeat to Trump", Business Insider (1618 April 2017, 6:30 PM).
- Sanders, Linley, "What Happened? In Interview, Hillary Clinton Gives Sexist Argument for Why She Lost the 2016 Election", Newsweek (13 September 2017, 1:08 PM).
- Soloski, Alexis, "He Said, She Said: Gender-Bending the Presidential Debates", NYT 30 January 2017.
- Robert Costa and Anne Gearan, "Donald Trump talked politics with Bill Clinton weeks before launching 2016 bid", WaPo 5 August 2015
- Debenedetti, Gabriel, "They Always Wanted Trump", Politico 7 November 2017.
- Cohen, Nate, "How the Obama Coalition Crumbled, Leaving an Opening for Trump", NYT 12.23.16.
- Jon Juang, Samuel Jacoby, Michael Strickland, and K.K. Rebecca Lai, "Election 2016: Exit Polls", NYT 8 November 2016.
- Waldman, Paul, "Beware of this new #NeverTrump scam", WaPo 5.5.16.
- Salaky, Kristin, "#NeverTrump to Rebrand as #EventuallyTrump", TPM (3/4/16, 1:19 AM EST). Mitt Romney appears to be the only actual member of the #NeverTrump 'movement'. Small movement.
- Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, "Clinton campaign plagued by bickering", The Hill (04/12/17 at 6:00 AM EDT).
- Lee Fang and Alex Emmons, "Hacked Audio Reveals Hillary Clinton Sees Herself Occupying “Center-Left to Center-Right”", The Intercept (30 September 2016, 2:31 p.m).
- Nakamura, David, "Trump makes ‘deplorable’ joke in meeting with South Korean president", WaPo 21 September 2017.
- Stranage, Niall, "Hillary struggles with going big in campaign message", The Hill (3 July 2016, 6:25 PM EDT).
- Linskey, Annie, "Clinton criticized for being too vague on policy", Boston Globe 12 August 2015.
- Grunwald, Michael, "Donald Trump’s One Unbreakable Policy: Skip the Details", Politico 17 July 2016.
- Lee Fang and Andrew Perez, "Hacked Emails Prove Coordination Between Clinton Campaign and Super PACs", Intercept (18 October 2016, 6:28 a.m.).
- Allen, Jonathan, "Clinton says she relied on State staff for classification decisions", Reuters (8 July 2016, 1:48 PM).
- Wilber, Del Quentin, "Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch defends meeting with Bill Clinton amid email probe", L.A. Times.
- Savransky, Rebecca, "Nate Silver: Clinton 'almost certainly' would've won before FBI letter", The Hill (12/11/16 01:52 PM EST).
- Wang, Sam, "The Comey effect", Princeton Election Consortium (12/10/16 at 10:06pm).
- Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind S. Helderman, "Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier", WaPo 24 October 2017.
- Compare what FiveThirtyEight projected for her compared to what she actually won - 45.4% projection in Arizona compared to 45.13% result, 48.1% projection in Florida compared to 47.82% result, and 48.2% projection in North Carolina compared to 46.17% result (1/5/17 at 7:25 am)
- "New Voting Restrictions in Place for 2016 Presidential Election", Brennan Center for Justice (1/5/17 at 7:31 am).
- Berman, Ari, "There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act", The Nation (1/5/17 at 7:37 am)
- Dayanite Ramesh, Coleman Lowndes, and John Kerr, "Strict Voter ID Laws Are The New Jim Crow Laws - Right-Wing Media Falsely Cry “Voter Fraud” To Keep Citizens From Voting", Media Matters (1/5/17 at 7:27 am)
- A federal judge overruled him (1/5/17 at 7:16 am)