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“Climate of Hate” update

Let’s catch up on how the left-wingers’ feared Climate of Hate is doing. Most of this is via Instapundit.

And, to give credit where it’s due: Tom Hanks Breaks from Hollywood Pack and Says He Hopes Trump Does Well.

“This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second,” Hanks told THR. “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years.”

UPDATE: Good read from J.C. Bourke, Why All The Hippies Morphed Into Campus Fascists.

Caution: The real election is yet to come

The U.S. has an Electoral College system and, playing under those rules, President-Elect Trump on Nov. 8 won a majority of electors who are pledged to vote for him.

The operative word is, “pledged”. Keeping the pledge is voluntary. [Update/correction: In some states. Commentors pointed out that it’s mandatory in others.] The real election for President happens now through December 19, with the votes counted on January 6. And for many lefties, It’s Still Awn.

Per BuzzFeed, Anti-Trump Protesters Post Personal Information Of Electoral College Members. With an intent, naturally, to defeat Trump / elect Hillary.

The #NotMyPresident Alliance, a national anti-Donald Trump protest group, has released the personal information of dozens of Electoral College members in states that voted Republican. [ed: Note, only the Republicans]

…The group hopes that its members and citizens around the country will contact electors and persuade them to change their vote from Donald Trump to another candidate… [ed: which could only mean Hillary, though the group tries to deny it]

So far as I know, an elector can legally vote for whomever she wants; voting for her pledged candidate is only customary. [Update/correction: In some states. Commentors pointed out that it’s mandatory in others.] I don’t think Hillary’s chances of success are great; but Trump is a fool, if he thinks Hillary has zero chance and he fails to take this seriously.

As to the anti-Trump protests: The article hints at some lefties hoping the protests will sway electors away from Trump. On that point, they’re probably wrong. But, could it explain why President Obama, Hillary Clinton and even Bernie Sanders have said so little to stop the protests?

Arrogance Goes Before an Electoral Defeat

The Huffington Post has climbed in off the ledge long enough to put together a piece that says maybe … just maybe… it was the Clinton campaign’s loss was maybe less about “hate and racism” and maybe somewhat due to “neglect” of the upper midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and also Pennsylvania (which is culturally midwestern outside the suburbs of Philadelphia) and “a touch of arrogance.”

In Michigan alone, a senior battleground state operative told HuffPost that the state party and local officials were running at roughly one-tenth the paid canvasser capacity that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had when he ran for president in 2004. Desperate for more human capital, the state party and local officials ended up raising $300,000 themselves to pay 500 people to help canvass in the election’s closing weeks. By that point, however, they were operating in the dark. One organizer said that in a precinct in Flint, they were sent to a burned down trailer park. No one had taken it off the list of places to visit because no one had been there until the final weekend. Clinton lost the state by 12,000 votes.

Neglect? Sure, I can buy that. Those states that were sneered at as ‘The Rust Belt’ by East Coast liberals were also part of ‘The Blue Wall;’ states that hadn’t gone to a Republican since the 1980’s. And it’s easy to write them off when totes everyone in the media (including the Huffers) was telling her, “This is in the bag for you, Madam President.”

But it was a lot more than just a “touch” of arrogance.

From the outset, the Hillary campaign sought to project a hip, young, urban image. From the choice of hipster Brooklyn for their headquarters, to their appointment of a gay millennial as campaign manager, to campaign themes that reflected the obsessions of urban hipsters: Climate Change, gun control (which did not play well in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, or Wisconsin),  socio-ethnic “diversity Pokémon,” feminism, and income disparities. The concerns of the working class were treated as an afterthought that could be assuaged

The insularity of the Clinton campaign was reflected in the graphic design of the ubiquitous “Stronger Together” slogan, rendered entirely in shades of light blue and dark blue. No red. The message was clear. “We’re ‘stronger together,’ without red America.”

So, I imagine that while it’s very likely the HIllary campaign simply took “the Rust Belt” for granted, there was also probably an aversion, a disdain among her staff members for even paying attention to them, much less getting out there and working the streets. “You’re sending me to Michigan?” you can imagine a staffer crying. “Why? What have I done?”

Having grown up in the Midwest and lived for a long time in the environs of Washington DC, I know the attitude people have there toward the Midwest. This Onion Article — DNC Aiming To Reconnect With Working-Class Americans With New ‘Hamilton’-Inspired Lena Dunham Web Series — is one of those satirical piece that cuts so close it’s painful. (Ms. Dunham, BTW, is off talking to rocks {I am not making this up} at an Arizona Spa to cope with the electorate’s repudiation of coastal hipsters.)

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The American Midwest as imagined by Coastal Hipster Democrats.

Protestor spews illogic; is then shocked by logic

Via HotAir. I can’t add much to their commentary except to say, yeah, Tucker Carlson is sweet. This is how to argue with the Left. Stay friendly, have your brain turned on, and ask them to use theirs.

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Around 3:39, the poor, drowning open-borders advocate actually calls the U.S.A. a “sovereign nation-state”. That’s correct, but, talk about being pushed off-script! When last I checked, controlling your own borders & immigration was a key part of being a sovereign nation-state.