Why is your triumph more important than their sadness?
With Hillary Clinton’s concession speech as their rallying cry - “Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it” - young voters are wearing their hearts on their sleeves in expressing themselves about the Nov. 8 election.
They are disappointed, sad and angry. And people are making fun of them.
If the election were for voters in the 18 to 25 age range, it wouldn’t have even been close. Mrs. Clinton would be the first female president in United States history.
However, because of the dramatic turnout in the rural areas of America and the difficult-to-understand anger of white Christian men in the United States wanting to “take our country back,” New York billionaire Donald J. Trump is going to become President of the United States in January.
Trump still has two legal hurdles to overcome, a criminal trial and a civil case, but knowing how the courts work, he probably won’t have to face verdicts until after the inauguration - if at all.
When Clinton supporters thought they were going to have a victory party, and instead were told by Clinton campaign manager John Podesta to “go home, we will talk to you tomorrow,” many cried.
Their faces were shown on television. Screen shots were put on the internet. They are the Crybaby Generation.
“Who raised these people?” the Trumpeters said. “Get over it.”
The winners were far from gracious in victory.
But what makes their Trump triumph any more valid than Clinton’s supporters’ disappointment?
Well, because you didn’t see a lot of whining and crying when John McCain and Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama. Republicans lost the White House - and went on about their business.
Think about this, the young people who turned out for Mrs. Clinton in 2016 were teens and younger when McCain and Romney ran. Nobody really got attached to these two white guys - just two more vanilla Republicans running, because somebody had to run.
The chance to vote for the first person of color to be President - that was energizing. The chance to vote in the first woman President - that also would have been history.
Truth is, the Republicans are running the same old guys (Trump is 70), while the Democrats have found moderate candidates who have broad appeal. In 2000, even plain old Al Gore received more popular votes than Texan George W. Bush.
That has happened again.
Mrs. Clinton received 61.35 million vote. Trump got 60.58 million votes. Yet, Trump is the president because way back in the 1800s somebody thought up a way NOT to have the “big cities” elect the President of the United States.
Trump has been very conciliatory in his victory speech and in his first White House meeting with Obama. The transition is underway. The Electoral College will meet and vote, and while the electors are under no federal law that says they have to vote for their state’s winner, they will. Trump’s 60.07 million votes earned him 290 Electoral votes - that’s 20 more than the magic number to win, a number reached when Wisconsin’s votes were reported for Trump about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9.
I have three children in the 25-35 age range, and that witching hour was a very bitter “defeat” for them to understand and accept. Why people this age are mad, I understand their feeling. If they are engaged in destructive protests, they need to stop - mainly because at some point the country’s going to get tired of it and they are going to be killed. But, give up?
Get over it? No, somewhere, some time, you will hear a future candidate for office say, “I worked for Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders) and I pledged after she lost that I would do something with my life, that I would be involved, that I would make things right for people.”
Those people are out there. I hope there are 61.35 million of them.
(Vic MacDonald is Editor of The Clinton Chronicle. Reach him at 833-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. His commentaries appear in Blogs at MyClintonNews.com.)