With the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States just a little more than a week away, the Democratic Party, and the mainstream media at large, have looked tirelessly for someone to blame for the upset defeat of Sec. Hillary Clinton last November.
As of now, that focus is placed primarily on the narrative that Trump’s victory was the work (in part) of a Russian hacking operation, orchestrated by Vladimir Putin. Putin, the accusations claim, sanctioned the hacking of the DNC, and later the emails of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.
The former showed favoritism of the DNC for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary against her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a tipping of the scales in her favor. As for Podesta, his emails revealed remarks about creating an “unaware and compliant citizenry,” and a mocking of evangelicals and conservative Catholics. The leaks also revealed donations to the Clinton Foundation by people from such dubious countries as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. All of this was published on WikiLeaks, and was detrimental to the Clinton campaign.
The DNC is now parroting the notion that Trump was elected not by the American people, but by Russia, turning him into a modern-day “Manchurian candidate.” What the Democratic Party fails to acknowledge, however, is that it wasn’t the hacking (regardless of who did it) that bothered ordinary Americans, but what was in those emails.
The emails of both the DNC and Podesta showed an alarming pattern of corruption and elitism. Voters made cybersecurity a low priority in the election, and were more interested in CNN’s Donna Brazille feeding Clinton debate questions in the primary, or that Clinton had “begun to hate everyday Americans,” i.e.. them. Voters cared far more about a potential Commander-in-Chief having both a “public, and private position,” than they did for a Kremlin hacking operation. It may have contributed to Hillary Clinton’s exposure, but the loss rests solely on her shoulders.
This hasn’t stopped Putin from becoming the scapegoat of the Clinton camp, and the Democratic Party at large, but Putin is only an excuse. The narrative is akin to the Wizard of Oz blaming Toto for pulling back the curtain, and until the DNC is ready to acknowledge the issues revealed about them in 2016, they will continue to lose the trust of the American people, and more elections in the process.