“Trump is certainly ‘authoritarian,’ but what could be more authoritarian than Hillary Clinton ordering the execution of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, then cackling, ‘We came, we saw, he died’”?
If the Democrats were decent on immigration, not deplorable, they would tell Trump supporters that ending US wars and predatory trade agreements would stop immigration, or most of it, because most people would rather stay home and speak their own languages instead of fleeing bombs and economic desperation. They would have demanded that their 2016 presidential candidate explain those realities to Trump supporters instead of calling them “a basket of deplorables.” They would demand that Trump keep his promises to stop the invasions of Middle Eastern nations and revoke the trade agreements impoverishing peoples of both the Global North and Global South.
If the Democrats were committed to their flagship feminist, gender-neutral, and anti-racist politics, they would extend them to the female, queer, and dark-skinned peoples under US military and/or economic siege in the Global South.
“Decent Democrats would turn more attention to ending voter suppression than to $100,000 worth of Facebook ads generated by a troll farm.”
If the Democrats were traumatized by the human consequences of Trump’s election, they would shut up about Russia and start working on a long-term plan to get rid of the Electoral College, which gives inordinate power to the less populous, typically red, states. If the electronic voting machines and the patchwork quilt of voting and tallying procedures are to be believed—a big if—then Hillary Clinton won three million more votes than Trump.