How Democrats put Trump in the White House

Alicé Anil
Alicé Anil

The Democratic Party and liberal elites are just as responsible for putting Donald Trump in the White House as Republicans and the media. It’s time to...


The Democratic Party has lost its working class roots. Its decades long support for Wall Street casino gambling, unfettered free trade deals that have left rust belt states reeling, and endless wars have contributed to America's record-breaking inequality and set the stage for the rise of an authoritarian demagogue like Donald Trump. Which is one of the many reasons why the Democratic Party and liberal elites are just as responsible for the rise of Donald Trump as Republicans and the media.

There is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years, a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone – except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman. The rest of us are treated as though we have nowhere else to go and no role to play except to vote enthusiastically on the grounds that these Democrats are the “last thing standing” between us and the end of the world. It is a liberalism of the rich, it has failed the middle class, and now it has failed on its own terms of electability. Enough with these comfortable Democrats and their cozy Washington system. Enough with Clintonism and its prideful air of professional-class virtue"

This viral Facebook satirical video lays out the 9 steps that led to one of the biggest political blunders of all time (the election of Donald Trump) as seen through the eyes of a reflective liberal. It then calls for Democrats, who have lost over 1000 legislative seats across the country in the past 8 years, to hold themselves accountable for the consequences of their politics and to learn from their mistakes.

Trump vowed to destroy the system that elites love (for good reason) and the masses hate (for equally good reason), while Clinton vowed to manage it more efficiently. That, as Matt Stoller’s indispensable article in The Atlantic three weeks ago documented, is the conniving choice the Democratic Party made decades ago: to abandon populism and become the party of technocratically proficient, mildly benevolent managers of elite power. Those are the cynical, self-interested seeds they planted, and now the crop has sprouted."