Across the country yesterday, the young American left displayed their respect for their level of respect for the democratic process. Here is an American flag burning. http://vlt.tc/2mgl  And more. http://vlt.tc/2mgm  And more. http://vlt.tc/2mgn  And more. http://vlt.tc/2mgo  And more. http://vlt.tc/2mgp   You can watch this anti-Trump protestor completely lose his mind over the existence of the Electoral College. http://vlt.tc/2mgv  “Hillary, you’re a lawyer,” the protestor said. “This country needs you to stand up and walk into the Supreme Court and say: ‘One vote equals one vote!’ What is wrong with that? What’s the debate?” In LA, they shut down the 101 and burned Trump’s head in effigy. http://vlt.tc/2mh1

Bethany Mandel. http://vlt.tc/2mgr  ““This is what democracy looks like!” That was my favorite chant during the anti-war protests I participated in my senior year of high school in 2004. Twelve years later, the same folks I marched down Sixth Avenue with protesting outside the Fox News building are back at it, protesting the victory of Donald Trump.

“I’ve got some bad news for the thousands of my former comrades marching through the streets: You saw what democracy looks like on Tuesday night. The election of Donald J. Trump was perhaps unfortunate from your perspective (and truthfully, mine), but he is now our president, and there are no do-overs in a democracy.

“The night after the 2016 election, we saw the Bush-era protests, which had taken a hiatus for a Democratic president despite foreign interventions during his administration, reborn for the Trump presidency before it has even begun. The signs, flags, banners were standard far-left fare: Palestinian flags were visible in television coverage, a projector with a message of solidarity for Standing Rock reservation. Anderson Cooper reported hearing chants of “Black Lives Matter” and men holding signs about gay rights were present early in the evening in Union Square.”

Thousands marched across the country: http://vlt.tc/2mgb  “Throngs of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Wednesday to protest Republican Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election, blasting his controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups.

“In New York, thousands of protesters filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump’s gilded home on Fifth Avenue, while hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted “Not my president.”

“In downtown Chicago, an estimated 1,800 people gathered outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, chanting phrases like “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA.” Chicago police closed roads in the area, impeding the demonstrators’ path. There were no immediate reports of arrests or violence. “I’m just really terrified about what is happening in this country,” said 22-year-old Adriana Rizzo in Chicago, who was holding a sign that read: “Enjoy your rights while you can.”

“Protesters railed against Trump’s campaign pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep immigrants from entering the country illegally. Hundreds also gathered in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday evening, and organizers planned rallies in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oakland, California.”

These pointless angry anti-democratic protests highlight the crazed fear of the left. For the sake of perspective: such protests did not occur on any great scale after the election of Barack Obama. It took time for a backlash to grow – no organized protests on this scale took place until after the mortgage bailout in the spring, and the Tea Party protests ramped up significantly based on that specific legislation followed by the push for Obamacare. It was Obama’s policies as president, not his election alone, which roused fiscal conservatives to take to the streets. The fact that the young American left did not wait until a President Trump did anything at all – sign a bill, repeal Obamacare, nominate a conservative to the Court – shows that all this is is a juvenile expression of rage that they were outvoted by their fellow Americans.

These protests are happening in part because younger leftists believe the inflammatory and false rhetoric that has compared Trump’s presidency to the rise of an American fascist, a power-mad New York Hitler. I don’t think Jamelle Bouie is alone when he compares a Trump victory to the defeat of Civil War Reconstruction. http://vlt.tc/2mfc   But a closer look at the facts show us that Trump did not win because of racism. http://vlt.tc/2mf6  In fact, Trump won because Hillary Clinton’s vaunted GOTV effort proved incapable of delivering the Obama coalition one more time, and because he prevailed among communities that had previously delivered white working class votes to Obama.

Here’s the actual data on that, from Nate Cohn. http://vlt.tc/2mft  “The truth was that Democrats were far more dependent on white working-class voters than many believed. In the end, the bastions of industrial-era Democratic strength among white working-class voters fell to Mr. Trump. So did many of the areas where Mr. Obama fared best in 2008 and 2012. In the end, the linchpin of Mr. Obama’s winning coalition broke hard to the Republicans.

“The Wyoming River Valley of Pennsylvania — which includes Scranton and Wilkes-Barre — voted for Mr. Trump. It had voted for Mr. Obama by double digits. Youngstown, Ohio, where Mr. Obama won by more than 20 points in 2012, was basically a draw. Mr. Trump swept the string of traditionally Democratic and old industrial towns along Lake Erie. Counties that supported Mr. Obama in 2012 voted for Mr. Trump by 20 points.

“The rural countryside of the North swung overwhelmingly to Mr. Trump. Most obvious was Iowa, where Mr. Obama won easily in 2012 but where Mr. Trump prevailed easily. These gains extended east, across Wisconsin and Michigan to New England. Mr. Trump won Maine’s Second Congressional District by 12 points; Mr. Obama had won it by eight points.

“These gains went far beyond what many believed was possible. But Mr. Obama was strong among white working-class Northerners, and that meant there was a lot of room for a Democrat to fall.

“That fact was obscured by national exit polls that showed Mr. Obama faring worse among white voters than any Democratic nominee since 1984. But Mr. Obama fared very poorly only among white voters in the South. He ran well ahead of Mrs. Clinton just about everywhere else.

“The exit polls also systematically underestimated the importance of these white working-class voters to Democrats. In general, they overestimated the number of well-educated and nonwhite voters. The result was that many postelection analysts in 2012 underestimated the number of white working-class voters over age 45 by around 10 million.”

And here’s the hard lesson for the American left: much as they may wish otherwise, they still need those voters. http://vlt.tc/2mfq   “As the Upshot’s Nate Cohn warned early in this race, the Obama coalition was always more dependent on support from white working-class voters than liberals popularly understood. This was owing in part to the demographic’s underrepresentation in exit polls — white voters are disproportionately older, and older people are less likely to participate in such surveys. So while exit polls suggested 25 percent of Obama’s supporters were white working-class, Cohn’s estimate based on census and survey data put the figure at 34 percent.

“But part of the reason these voters were overlooked was ideological. After all, one fourth of the coalition is still a big part of a coalition. While the polls underestimated the strength of Trump’s support across-the-board, there were early indications that he was making inroads with white, non-college-educated voters, including those who backed Obama.

“The idea that this was an important development — one that Clinton should adjust her message to account for — was often met with fierce resistance by progressive commentators.

“There were justifiable complaints about a predominately white media’s idealization of the light-skinned proletarian, with his hardhat and lunchbox — and the way this image erased the multiethnic, “pink collar” character of the rest of working-class America. There were justifiable fears that a political strategy composed to appeal to such voters would lead Democrats to compromise on racial justice — to sacrifice more Ricky Ray Rectors and welfare programs on the arc of “real America.”

“Above all, there was a sense that any voter who would cast their lot with a soft-core white nationalist wasn’t one worth trying to keep in a liberal coalition. The thing is: Trying to win over such voters doesn’t feel as optional right now as it did a few hours ago.”

In the end, the great irony of the Clinton loss is that they were undone by the very same middle-American voters they once knew so well, as David Maraniss notes. http://vlt.tc/2mgg  In 2016, this wasn’t an “it’s the economy, stupid” election. It was instead an attempt to remake the Obama coalition without Obama at its head – an attempt that may in retrospect only be possible with Obama himself at the top of the ticket. Instead of trying to go the traditional Clinton route, appealing to the interests of union members and white working class voters, Hillary’s campaign showed how the new left no longer wants to tolerate those they view as outside the multicultural feminist trends. Once she defended voters who clung to their guns and their religion. Now she had little space for them in her coalition. But Donald Trump was happy to appeal directly to their interests, their grudges, and their economic anxiety – and in so doing, won the prize.

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