It’s unbelievable that we’re already approaching the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s stunning election night defeat of then-Presidential favorite, Hillary Clinton.
In that time, a lot has changed, and whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, it’s hard to argue that this nation isn’t more divided than ever.
For the record, I am not a Trump supporter, nor will I ever be. I thought, and still think, he’s unqualified to hold the office of President of the United States. That is as far as I will go in my critique of the man since I, a) respect the office of the President even if the person I voted for isn’t elected, and b) have no desire to turn this into your run-of-the-mill anti-Trump blog posts that are currently flooding the internet.
I am not ashamed to admit that I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. I am not a Democrat by any means, in fact, I think blindly following any political party is asinine. I’m an Independent who leans toward the conservative side of some issues, and the liberal side of others. I can also readily admit that while I indeed voted for Hillary Clinton last November, I was not a die-hard Clinton supporter. To be honest, I felt like I was voting for the lesser of two evils, and for the first time in my twenty years as a voter, I left the voting booth with a feeling of disappointment.
I hate to say this, but I understand why some people decided to cast their vote for Trump. I don’t agree with it, but I get it, especially when many of the Trump supporters I have spoken to made it clear that their votes were less pro-Trump than they were more anti-Clinton. Another words, we may have ended up on different sides of the coin on some key issues, but were we really that different?
Just as I was beginning to get used to the normal that is The Donald’s America, Hillary Clinton releases a memoir about her experience leading up to last November’s epic loss. The book is fittingly titled, What Happened, and while the title is meant to read as a statement, it also invokes memories the question many of us asked ourselves when we woke up on November 9th. Now, however, my thoughts are more “what’s the point?. .”, than “what happened”.
Maybe writing this was therapeutic for Clinton, but unfortunately, I’m not sure I see the point of this book. What can she possibly tell us that we don’t already know? We know that many Americans wouldn’t vote for her simply based on her gender. We know that the Obama administration’s endorsement of her felt awkward at best. We already know that James Comey reopening the Clinton email investigation less than two weeks before Election Day drove voters from her at the last-minute. We also know that, for one reason or another, she’s unlikable to many people and voters did not trust her. In retrospect, it seems like many voters may have been looking for any reason to vote the other way.
The entire Presidential campaign on both sides was like watching a scandalized version of musical chairs. Between email servers, and sex rings, and tax returns, and grabbing women by the you-know-what, it felt like the last candidate with a scandal in the news was going to be the loser, and that just happened to be Clinton.
So what does it mean? Not a damn thing. None of that matters anymore. It’s water under the bridge. At best, this book is going to be comedic fodder for Republicans, and at worst, continue to keep us more divided than ever. The people who voted for Clinton will feel vindicated, the Trump supporters will call this sour grapes, and the disenfranchised will wonder why we couldn’t have elected a Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein.
Admittedly, I will probably buy and read the book. I am interested to see where Hillary Clinton’s head is at following the crushing defeat that, undoubtedly brought her political career to a close. Maybe that’s reason enough for this book to have been written. Still, there is a part of me, that doesn’t want to read the book at all, and really doesn’t want to rehash any part of a very forgettable time in American history. Other than the curiosity that’s a kin to looking at a car accident as you drive by it, why would anyone, Democrat, republican, or Independent, want to relive any part of that awful 2016 election?