|Michael Moore: Predicted Trump victory.|
I feel totally let down by the Democratic Party (I am not a member of it, but it's far closer to my philosophy than that of the Repubs) in this election and have for many years. This is a party that has basically abandoned its base--much as the Repubs did, and look what happened to them--and gone after the monied interests. Moore spoke of that months ago and predicted a Trump victory long before even Fox News and Rush Limbaugh saw a remote possibility.
He understands the electorate and he fully understands that it is not Donald Trump's electorate. Nearly half of all eligible American voters did not vote Tuesday. Clinton won the popular vote and Trump won the election with a bit more than 25 percent approval each among registered voters. Reagan's landslide in his second term was won with about the same percentage.
Americans are failing to be excited by positive candidates because we so rarely have any (Obama was positive, but he was also African-American and America is basically a racist country). I would love to see an 80 percent turnout, but as long as we have heavy voter suppression--especially among a growing majority of minorities, who don't vote in sufficient numbers, and women--we will not ever approach those numbers. Republicans want low turnout because they thrive with it as a minority party. They are constantly figuring new ways to suppress the vote and they are quite successful at undermining our "democracy" (which has become an oligarchy).
In any case, here is Moore's take on it and I suspect he's right on every point:
1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. It has failed us miserably.
2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn’t let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on.
3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that’s about to begin.
4. Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. Years of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You’re fired!” Trump’s victory is no surprise.
5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: “Hillary Clinton Won the Popular Vote." ... The only reason[Trump is] president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want.