One of my biggest arguments against Donald Trump during the run-up to the election was that he would be unable to do most of the things he was claiming that he could. Why would you vote for someone based on those unrealistic claims when you know government has built in checks and balances that limit the authority and reach of the President?
I am very thankful now that this is true!!! I am still deeply concerned about our country going from President Obama (black/mixed race, educated, youngish) to President Trump (white, bigoted, narcissistic, elitist) and what that says about our values and how we defend this around the world.
I deeply regret the missed opportunitty to nominate and elect Bernie Sanders. I am deeply respectful of his responsible decision not to label those who voted for Donald Trump and his promise to work with Trump when he is in line with the Progressive values of he and his supporters embody.
The failure of the Democratic Party to consider the data and opinions that showed Hillary Clinton could not win against ANY of the possible Republican nominees was, and is, catastrophic. Other factors that contributed to Trump’s win were media bias, voter suppression, political cronyism and factionalism, and social desirability bias.
I find social desirability bias to be the most interesting and most disgusting. This addresses all the people who knew that Trump was horrible (Read more about that on your own if you really need to.) and could not bring themselves to identify him as their candidate, but still voted for him ANONYMOUSLY at the polls. (Wikipedia Social Desirability Bias) I too hated having to choose between two undesirable candidates, but I had a responsibility to actually vote AND to do it responsibly rather than emotionally while uninformed and irrational. WE ALL DO.