There are multiple theories regarding how and why Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election in 2016. Some are logical, some seem far-fetched. It’s up to you to either accept one of the many conclusions offered or derive one of your own.
Headlines like this:
“How Clinton lost Michigan — and blew the election”
… did little to justify the complete election turn-around.
Some say that Clinton is placing the blame for her Electoral College loss elsewhere:
- On James Comey
- Oon the media
- On sexism
- On fake news
- On the Democratic Party’s infrastructure.
“I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost,” she said.
Without further ado, here are some of the most popular theories:
- Stagnant wage levels and soaring inequality were symptoms of the malaise felt by many voters. Trump successfully convinced them to believe this was caused by bad trade deals and a rigged economy.
- One big problem which undermined many otherwise plausible policy positions was a lack of trust. Paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and a murky web of business connections to the family charity left many Americans doubting Clinton’s sincerity on matters of money and much else.
- The RealClearPolitics polling average from the day before showed Clinton leading Trump nationally by nearly six points (for perspective, Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by four points in 2012). State polls had Clinton ahead in key battlegrounds like Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Even the data team doing analytics for the Trump campaign was telling reporters that, as of Oct. 27, they had just a 15 percent chance of winning.
- FBI Director Jim Comey’s letter shifting late deciders.
- The lack of a compelling economic message.
- The apparent Russian hacking.
Or was it the mere fact that America does not want a woman to president just yet? Is that what it really boils down to in the long run? It makes one think.