There is an old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I take it to mean that if I get tricked then it’s the trickster who is mostly at fault, but if after being fooled I allow myself to be tricked again by that same trickster, then the blame is mostly on me.
Forty one days ago today we were tricked by the mainstream media. We were told that not only was Hillary Clinton going to easily win the presidential election, she was probably going to win it in a landslide. What happened instead was that she lost convincingly, a mere 20 states to Trump’s 30. The nation was in shock because very few people took Donald Trump seriously and can you blame them? Personally, I can’t even imagine him sitting behind the desk in the oval office. He’s a very crass and odd character who projects almost zero “presidentiality.” Who would seriously vote for this guy? Clinton must have thought the same thing because she didn’t bother to campaign even once in Wisconsin because it was considered to be a reliable blue state. Wisconsin, which hadn’t gone for a Republican in 32 years, turned its back on her and did the unimaginable, so did Michigan and Pennsylvania.
So, we were fooled once and I believe it was intentional. I find it hard to believe that with all of the polling data and other resources available to the mainstream media that they didn’t see this coming. Personally, I think that the “easy Clinton win” narrative was nothing more than an attempt to discourage Trump supporters and suppress their votes. Do you have a more plausible explanation? According to one internal study, 77% of Trump media coverage was negative. That is an amazingly lopsided figure. I think it’s fair to say that Trump didn’t do much to help himself in that regard but it’s still way out of balance.
Did we learn from our mistake, the mistake of trusting a partisan media corps? Absolutely not. As soon as the election was over they started feeding us stories about the popular vote and we got all hyped up. Clinton received 2.8 million more votes than Trump nationally but Trump won the election because we don’t elect presidents based on popular vote. We use the Electoral College where Trump is expected to win convincingly, 305 to 233. I say “expected” because that vote hasn’t taken place yet, in fact, it happens today. More on that in a minute. So, since we didn’t learn the first time we got tricked, the media whipped up a national debate about the popular vote that had Clinton supporters strutting around like their candidate actually won, a completely moronic notion. I can say what I like about Trump’s character but if I am going to be honest his campaign strategy was brilliant. He went to the places in the country that he needed to go to in order to get the 270 Electoral College votes that he needed to win. He played the game according to the rules and won, brilliantly. Had the rules been different, let’s say the most popular votes decides the winner, he would have never bothered to have gone to Wisconsin. Like Clinton, he would have ignored those middle-America people and spent the bulk of his time on the coasts where the large population centers are mostly located. The whole popular vote argument is ridiculous because it is irrelevant.
Here is one way of thinking about the popular vote outcome. Clinton won California by a margin of 4.3 million votes which was totally expected because CA is a Democratic Party state. There were zero Republicans running for statewide office and no GOP candidates in nine of California’s congressional districts. It is essentially a one party state. Without that state, Clinton would not have had the most popular votes nationally. She would have lost by 1.5 million votes. One way of thinking about this is that the combined popular vote for 49 states went for Trump. California is the state that won the popular vote for Clinton and this is precisely why we elect Presidents via the Electoral College, to prevent highly populated states from ruling the rest of the country like District One in the book and movie series, The Hunger Games.
So, after the popular vote hysteria started to die down the media took us for another wild ride via voting recounts in several states. Day after day they speculated about states turning from Trump to Clinton and what it would take to change the overall election results. We followed along hoping for a miracle. We hoped but there was no miracle to be found. In fact, Trump picked up votes to increase his margin of victory and serious voting irregularities were uncovered in the city of Detroit that illegally benefited Clinton. Oops.
That brings us to today, the day when the Electoral College meets in each state to cast their votes for President. This vote is normally just a matter of procedure but this election year the media has decided to turn it into a frenzy with speculation about Electors changing their votes away from Trump. “What would it take to change the outcome of the election?” they ask, and we hang on their every word hoping for another way out of the foregone election results. We have become like a person who looks at their self in a mirror and then as soon as they turn away they forget what they look like. When are we ever going to learn? How many times are we going to allow the mainstream media to play us for the fool? I can tell you exactly what is going to happen today. 305 of the 306 Trump electors are going to vote for Trump and about 230 are going to vote for Clinton. One or two of Clinton’s electors might vote for Bernie Sanders because they are angry that the primary was rigged by the DNC in favor of Clinton. The one “faithless” Trump elector from Texas says that he is going to vote for John Kasich because Trump is unqualified. Did he just figure that out? (chuckle) Why did he become an elector for the Republican Party if he couldn’t support the party’s candidate? This guy has his own problems including fraudulently presenting himself as a 9/11 first responder. Apparently the rest of his resume’ isn’t too accurate either. For all we know he may not even be a Republican which tells you something about the Republican Party and their process for appointing electors.
Let’s sum this all up. We were told that Clinton was going to win the election easily. At about 3am in the morning November 9th Trump was declared the winner. We were told that he lost the popular vote as though that was a significant fact. It was not and Trump was still the winner. We were told that some states were so close in voting that perhaps a recount could change the election. It didn’t and Trump was still the winner. We were then told that he’s not really the winner until the Electoral College votes in favor of him. They are going to vote today and I guarantee you that Trump will still be the winner. I don’t know what the next mainstream media false hope is going to be but I am sure it will be something. Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th and he will be our 45th President and we might as well get used to it and stop listening to the people who continue to play us for fools over and over and over again. Maybe some of us really are fools but I am choosing a smarter path. Fool me once mainstream media, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
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