I began writing this opinion piece the morning of Nov, 9th, 2016. I apologize for the time it has taken for me to get it published.
“The Silent Majority Stands With Trump.”
Remember that quote on the signs being held by Trump’s supporters? It served as both a slogan and, as we have found out… It was a warning. A warning that went completely unheeded by every major news outlet. They laughed it off. “That’s great kiddos, but Clinton has the vocal majority, good game.” **Butt pat** Yet the election results prove that the slogan was indeed true. A huge silent majority overwhelmed the predicted polling outcome. Why was this the key factor? Why were the polls off so radically?
For starters, the Democrats made a terrible assumption, one that hadn’t caused them any trouble up until now: They assumed that states that historically voted blue would continue. And this is where all the action happens. Every polling prediction used this assumption as a jump point, taking them for granted. They focused heavily on battleground states, ignoring the possibility that their home base was susceptible to attack. They consistently ignored the warning of a silent majority. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan have been blue for the past two decades. This election, each one flipped red, undermining the crystal ball of pundit predictions. It was precisely when this flip happened that everyone began panicking and Clinton’s odds of winning plummeted. The silent majority struck, and it hit hard. But why were they silent up until now? The Clinton campaign made it acceptable, trendy, and downright cool to hate Trump supporters.
The Clinton campaign colluded with major corporate media news outlets (as evidenced from WikiLeaks) and constantly pumped out negative videos of Trump while largely ignoring the constant scandals Hillary found herself enveloped in. In his speeches, Trump often made remarks of certain minority groups. These remarks usually included praise alongside criticism, and he usually made sure to add that he didn’t say that a minority group as a whole was to blame. We have all known a boss that gives a critique with three nice things, well that was how Trump rolled out his campaign speeches. The news outlets pounced on this with both feet. It wasn’t hard, they just had to edit out or not show the parts where Trump explained himself. As a result, the people who actually attended his rallies saw perfectly reasonable statements and those who didn’t only saw edited footage that showed him making racist and/or outlandish remarks with no clarification. On top of that, the edited footage was often spliced with cheering from his audience. Any reasonable person seeing a clip like that, without knowing it was edited, would rightly be horrified by both Trump and his supporters. And so THEE divide was created. “Trump is racist and his supporters are racist” became the justification for hating Trump supporters. From that point on, any person who outed themselves as a Trump supporter while in a liberal circle could expect to get shamed. The better option was to stay silent.
The Clinton campaign didn’t stop there. They paid celebrities large sums of money to endorse Hillary, put on concerts during HRC’s campaign speeches, all in an effort to reach a millennial base. They even paid many prominent YouTubers to endorse her, videos of which can be found right now (along with videos by YouTubers who called out that kind of play and refused). They made it seem like all the “cool kids” were supporting Hillary, and against the evil that was Trump. How does a Trump supporter argue against a pop culture icon telling everyone they are evil? …Should probably stay silent instead.
With the corporate mainstream media calling out Trump supporters as evil, celebrities saying the same, and even many universities deeming pro-Trump comments as “hate speech,” it’s not hard to see why the silent majority formed and became as potent as it was. The Democrats tried to show that passing judgment on groups of people as a whole was bigoted. And yet that’s exactly what they did by lumping all Trump supporters into a “basket of deplorables.” That palpable irony was not lost on the silent majority.
The DNC collusion against Bernie Sanders created “Bernie bros.” It’s well known now that the Democratic primary was not fairly fought. Bernie Sanders was backstabbed by the very party he was representing fairly and honestly, due to it’s higher financial and political interest in a Clinton presidency.Yet, Bernie’s message touches the hearts of many who sought to overthrow the establishment and very system Clinton represented. When he was betrayed by the DNC, many of his supporters refused to back Clinton, the one who unfairly robbed the man they put their faith in of a fair fight. They saw in Bernie an outsider who would bring change to the system, and who else was a populist icon who also wanted to bring down the establishment?
You guessed it. Well… you can’t really announce out loud that you were for Bernie and now for Trump. See the point above. The silent majority grew even more. Legitimate issues went unaddressed by Clinton. Trump wanted to “Make America Great Again”. How was he going to do this? We still don’t know, but it does involve a lot of winning… apparently.