Let’s talk about Tuesday

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President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist, with running mate Mike Pence standing by, following a speech to his supporters after winning the election at the Election Night Party at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday/TNS)

Hey everyone, let’s talk about Tuesday. Can we talk about Tuesday? We saw what happens when the Democratic party fields the weakest candidate possible in what could be the most important election cycle of our lifetime. America wanted a candidate who stood for change, and the Democrats didn’t listen.

Despite what all the national polls indicated, popular opinion said must be true, and the popular consensus of all of your friends and favorite late show pundits, Donald J. Trump won the White House.

Remember nine months ago when this all just seemed like a bad joke? I do. Thinking back to that time gives me a fleeting warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and predictability. At least with Clinton we knew what kind of corporate controlled cronyism to expect and it was oddly comforting when facing the alternative.

The Democrats needed the millennial vote to triumph over the so called “silent majority” of baby boomers who showed up to the polls in much greater numbers than the youth. Such has been the trend in the last few elections. The youth vote wants change. The problem is that the Democrats sent a very discouraging message to the very voters they needed when the Democratic primary was handed to Clinton.

The Democrats sent the message that the entrenched, old, power elite of the Democratic party knew what was best for the people. And not necessarily the people themselves. The party actively sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ run in the primaries. They shot down the very person who energized the millennial votes that the party needed. In doing this, they told millions of potential Democratic voters that their votes really don’t matter.

The Democrats did this to themselves. Let us never forget what happens when a party that says it represents the people supports a candidate who believes it’s her turn to be president instead of listening to who the people want to lead them.

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