One of the Most Honest Post-Election Statements You NEED to Read
In the wake of the election that saw Donald trump upset the Clinton political machine, stunned media outlets tried to make sense of it all. One of the most honest, and accurate statements about why Hillary Clinton lost the election came from a CNN anchor.
The liberal media took a beating during the 2016 election and in the days immediately following. How did they get it so wrong? How could they possibly have so underestimated Donald Trump and the outcome of the election? Fingers started pointing and tongues began wagging as accusations against each other began to fly. But in the midst of the confusion the pundits and talking heads were going through, one statement helps make it all make sense.
John King, host of the show “Inside Politics” on CNN made the following clarifying statement that should bring every liberal to reflection and encourage most Americans:
“Every election teaches us lessons. It reminds us of truths that we’ve perhaps overlooked or simply ignored…See all that red? America is a center-right country. It is a lot more conservative, especially out in the heartland, than Democrats think.”
That is a refreshingly honest admission from an anchor on a network that is known for being liberal and biased. But it is an important admission in the wake of one of the ugliest elections in American history. Following the 2016 election, a poll conducted by Gallup revealed that trust and confidence in the media was at an all-time low. That’s no surprise, the media showed their true colors during this elation with an overwhelming bias against Trump and an obvious bias for Hillary Clinton. That bias angered Americans that now know the media were trying to influence the election.
For years the mainstream media has assumed Americans were too dumb to make political decisions for themselves. Many of the large networks wondered how and why Fox News continued to dominate in the ratings. It’s no secret, among available options for news; Fox News is the most “fair and balanced.” That doesn’t mean Fox doesn’t have their own bias as times, it means they are far less biased than anyone else. People like that.
People like an unbiased news source because people like the truth. That’s why the statement by the CNN host is so refreshing, because it’s honest. The truth the American media and many of our political leaders don’t want you to know is that we are still a nation made up of traditional, conservative people.
If you pay attention to the media and what comes out of Hollywood, you would think we are all support abortion on demand, same-sex “marriage,” euthanasia, illegal immigration, higher taxes, religious freedom for everyone but Christians, that white people are racist and all cops hate black people, or that all Christians hate anyone that doesn’t agree with them. The reality, however, much to the dismay of liberal elites, is that Americans continue to support traditional, conservative values.
We believe in marriage between one man and one woman (and need to get back to adding “for life” to the end of that sentence). We believe the unborn are human and deserve all the protections every other human enjoys. We don’t believe abortion has no consequences or should be permitted for any reason. We believe everyone has the right to live by his or her religious convictions without fear of government reprisal. We believe that people should be allowed to come to our country…legally. We support and appreciate our veterans. We respect police and first responders. We are honored and blessed to live in the greatest country ever imagined and we are proud to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem.
It is this reality, that America is “a center-right country” that propelled Donald Trump to the White House. Trump tapped into the conservative, traditional values held by an overwhelming majority of Americans that felt ignored, marginalized and even insulted for their convictions. While liberals called us bigots, racists, homophobes, and xenophobes, Donald Trump listened and said he held the same views.
Mike Rowe, the outspoken social commentator and former host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery channel hit the nail on the head with his comment about why Donald Trump was elected:
“I don’t think Donald Trump won by tapping into America’s ‘racist underbelly,’ and I don’t think Hillary lost because she’s a woman. I think a majority of people who voted in this election did so in spite of their many misgivings about the character of both candidates. That’s why it’s very dangerous to argue that Clinton supporters condone lying under oath and obstructing justice. Just as it’s equally dangerous to suggest a Trump supporter condones gross generalizations about foreigners and women. These two candidates were the choices we gave ourselves, and each came with a heaping helping of vulgarity and impropriety. Yeah, it was dirty job for sure, but the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not.”
There it is, plain and simple. The pundits missed it. The analysts missed it. The pollsters missed it. But it was there all along. America is tired of being called racist, sexist, bigoted, and every other demeaning name conjured up by liberal elites that think they know what’s best for us. America is tried of the media pretending we are too stupid to know the truth. And America is tried of career politicians that can act with impunity just because they hold a public office.
So, the American people did what our Constitution gave us the power to do, we threw people out of office and brought in people we believe will represent us and not their own interests. Now, that remains to be seen with a Trump presidency. It’s still too early to tell. But the intention, at least from what I gather in reading post-election articles, is that people sincerely believe Trump will do what is best for the people and the country and not simply be another Washington politician. Only time will tell.
I hope that in the wake of the 2016 election and the fallout the media and Washington liberals experienced, that serious reflection about the direction of our country takes place. Is change needed in some areas? You bet. But that change must come from the traditional, conservative values that have propelled this country to the highest place among the nations of the world.