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First of all, please note I’m not a political analyst, nor a journalist. This is simply an opinion piece which I’m writing from a human behavior observation point of view. Feel free to agree, disagree, correct me, insult me, like or unlike my page. Whatever you do, please understand I’m not trying to offend you or shower you with “political facts”. I’m merely sharing with you my thoughts, no more no less.
With that said, here are 7 random reasons why Hillary Clinton lost the election:
#1 Choosing Tim Kaine as VP
Let us not forget that during the late stages of the primaries (before the DNC convention and right around the time when it was clear that Hillary Clinton was going to be the Democratic Nominee), a lot of people—mostly Independents and Progressives—were furious to have just learned of Wikileaks exposing Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s and the DNC’s favoring Hillary over Bernie.
Whether Hillary was in the knowing or not isn’t the point here, nor should it be. And it’s too late to go into that. For sake of argument, let’s give the benefit of the doubt that she wasn’t collaborating with the DNC. She was innocent, I concur. But that doesn’t change the fact that people were nonetheless angry, with lots of talks going around about how they’re going to vote for a 3rd party candidate, or even Trump himself directly, as a tit-for-tat just to teach the DNC a lesson. The Hillary camp cannot deny this. Page moderators saw thousands of such comments threatening to split the vote; pro-Hillary mainstream media even covered a lot of stories about how “not voting for Hillary equates to a vote for Trump”, so to deny that that anger existed would be a blatant refusal of accepting reality.
A lot of people, myself included, were hoping for some sort of compensatory action from Hillary to make up for this clusterfuck from the DNC. Something as simple as an apology, maybe? Publicly addressing it? Criticizing Debbie Wasserman Schultz, perhaps? Choosing Bernie as VP? Something, anything!? But, nope. Other than what I felt was a display of overconfidence—and, to a lesser degree, arrogance—nothing. I even felt at the time that if Hillary would at least choose Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, I could easily forgive the whole thing… as my diminutive mind would then see it as a way of balancing things out—a meeting in the middle of sorts, if you will—since Senator Warren shares almost the same progressive views as Bernie. I’m sure a lot of other “Bernie Bros” shared my sentiment back then.
Hillary, however, did none of the above. No one was willing to compromise. Eventually, I got over my anger and did not allow my ego to stop me from backing her as the lesser of two evils, and also for the sake of party unity, of course. This was before Bernie joined her. But can you look me in the eye and honestly say that everyone else did exactly as me or felt the same way? No. People are different. A lot of people didn’t get over their anger, therefore Hillary’s lack of issuing an apology or sending out some words of consolation in regards to the DNC leaks, or not choosing Bernie or Warren as her VP to at least regain the trust of those who were angry, ended up all in all as a contributing factor for those people to vote either for a third party, Trump or just avoid the polling stations altogether on Election Day.
And that’s why the VP choice makes a talking-point in this article. Had Hillary’s choice for VP been Bernie or Warren, I truly believe the outcome would have been totally different. You can kill the messenger, but I know you know deep in your heart that I’m only relaying to you a dark reality. And it boggles my mind, because I know that Hillary is a very smart and shrewd woman—I just don’t understand how she didn’t see this coming; that her VP choice of Tim Kaine would be deemed by most of the undecided Independents/Progressives voters as a spit in the face after what happened with the leak of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s wrongdoings.