Let me get this one.All snark aside, why do you think Hillary Clinton lost the election? #DemAutopsy— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 16, 2016
I’ll retweet the best answers…
Hillary Clinton lost because she is Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump exploited that and became President Trump.
In the nearly 50 years since she broke into the limelight in a puff piece in Life magazine in 1969, Missus Clinton did nothing to earn the job she sought, and plotted to get for more than 40 years.
Whilst she was pursuing a husband and a law degree at Yale, Trump was learning how run his family's business on Coney Island. He had the same dream she had of being president some day.
Her storyline was First Woman President!
His was Successful Businessman Becomes President and Saves the Nation.
If I were placing bets in the 1970s, I would have placed money on her, not him.
History was on the side of women. So were demographics, as they outnumber men. And the baby boom generation just was not all that into capitalism back then.
Besides, a woman would be more oriented to the needs of the commoners and peasants, right?
But over the years, Trump became their champion. He associated with his workers. He learned who they are. He always favored the hoi polloi over the hoity toity. Hillary went the opposite direction. She spent most of her adult life kissing up to the rich.
From Joan C. Williams of the Harvard Business Review:
Michèle Lamont, in The Dignity of Working Men, found resentment of professionals — but not of the rich. “[I] can’t knock anyone for succeeding,” a laborer told her. “There’s a lot of people out there who are wealthy and I’m sure they worked darned hard for every cent they have,” chimed in a receiving clerk. Why the difference? For one thing, most blue-collar workers have little direct contact with the rich outside of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
But professionals order them around every day. The dream is not to become upper-middle-class, with its different food, family, and friendship patterns; the dream is to live in your own class milieu, where you feel comfortable — just with more money. “The main thing is to be independent and give your own orders and not have to take them from anybody else,” a machine operator told Lamont. Owning one’s own business — that’s the goal. That’s another part of Trump’s appeal.
Hillary Clinton, by contrast, epitomizes the dorky arrogance and smugness of the professional elite. The dorkiness: the pantsuits. The arrogance: the email server. The smugness: the basket of deplorables.
Worse, her mere presence rubs it in that even women from her class can treat working-class men with disrespect. Look at how she condescends to Trump as unfit to hold the office of the presidency and dismisses his supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic.
Trump’s blunt talk taps into another blue-collar value: straight talk. “Directness is a working-class norm,” notes Lubrano. As one blue-collar guy told him, “If you have a problem with me, come talk to me. If you have a way you want something done, come talk to me. I don’t like people who play these two-faced games.” Straight talk is seen as requiring manly courage, not being “a total wuss and a wimp,” an electronics technician told Lamont. Of course Trump appeals. Clinton’s clunky admission that she talks one way in public and another in private? Further proof she’s a two-faced phony.Hillary viewed workers as beneath her.
She deserved to lose.
She does not understand the country she wanted to rule.
President Trump understands full well the nation he will serve.
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