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With the continued emphasis on the Russia-collusion story even after the Mueller report was a giant letdown for the folks desperately hoping the President of the United States was a Manchurian candidate, it seems Congressional Democrats are unwilling to face what we’ve known for over two years: voters chose Donald Trump. The media is determined to keep their heads under the sand as well, feeding the continued hysteria about obtaining the President’s tax returns, despite the fact that voters chose to elect the President without them.
As the next election comes up, we’re left to wonder how many Democrats running for office actually want to beat Donald Trump. See this from frontrunner Elizabeth Warren:
Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019
Warren has refused to appear on a Fox News townhall because she objects to the network’s very existence. And yesterday, we learned that a progressive organization refused to allow another conservative outlet, the Washington Examiner (disclaimer: my husband is the Executive Editor of their fine magazine) entry into one of their events with Bernie Sanders:
I am not comfortable drawing attention to myself, and away from my work, but as @sunrisemvmt begins their D.C. rally with @AOC and @SenSanders, I thought it was important to say that Sunrise would not grant me a credential to attend the event because I work for the @dcexaminer.
— Joshua Siegel (@SiegelScribe) May 13, 2019
In her essential book on Trump’s victory, journalist Salena Zito analyzed how exactly the President achieved what every other journalist had deemed impossible. She wrote (starting on page 36),
[Joe] Keenan is not afraid to say who he voted for in 2016; he is also not afraid to say who he voted for in 2008 and 2012.
I voted Obama, Obama, Trump,” he says.
Keenan’s support for Obama was not unusual in Vernon County. The Democrat won 60 percent of the local vote in 2008, beating Senator John McCain by 23 points in this rural rectangle that is home to 30,814 people – a wider margin than he scored statewide.
By 2016, Vernon County had flipped to support Donald Trump – both in the presidential primary and in the general election – one of twenty-three counties in the Badger State to swing from Obama to Trump. Only Iowa saw more localities change hands, as both states moved hard to the GOP. Wisconsin hadn’t been painted red in the electoral college since 1984.
Hillary Clinton’s inability to repeat Obama’s victories in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan alone denied her the electoral college majority she needed to become president.
Who are Trump voters and why did they choose to vote for the President? Two years into his presidency, Democrats still not only have no idea, but they have no interest in finding out or changing their minds. They have instead spent the last two years calling Trump voters racist neanderthals, complicit in a Russian campaign to take over the White House. They refuse to meet voters where they are, in the pages of their publications and on their chosen network.
We don’t have to imagine how this strategy is going to play out, we already saw what happens when you don’t take Donald Trump seriously; Republicans learned during the primaries, and Hillary Clinton learned in the general election. He is the President of the United States and the man to beat. If they want to do so (because there is no magic bullet via impeachment, etc forthcoming), Democrats might want to actually step outside their echo chamber and talk to voters.