While not 100% final (he might win New Hampshire, or though unlikely, lose Michigan,) it's looking like this will be the final state layout.
It does look like he was underpolled by a significant margin. At least 5% in swing states, and possibly more in states in her "firewall" which he
clearly thoroughly breached.
My thoughts: I didn't vote for either candidate, as my avatar suggests.
On Clinton's end, even in the absence of proof of criminal conduct, and even while I don't personally feel persuaded by the more sensational scenarios
theorized based on the emails, a level of corruption in my view was still evident enough by my standards. I also disagreed with her stated foreign
policy and likely military posture, and had difficulty pinning down some of her other attitudes and positions because of what I regarded as
politically opportunistic language shifts. I also disagreed with a lot of her second amendment verbiage. I did agree to a limited extent with
curtailing and adjusting significantly rather than repealing the ACA, particularly with regard to premiums. But not necessarily in the ways she
On the email server issue... Whether one believes she lied under oath and got away with it, was merely careless, or was simply less than truthful in
public statements but without committing any crimes, her statements pertaining to the email server - regardless of any other factors and theories
people have or whether I buy into those personally - just felt
incongruent with the documented facts. And the Clinton Foundation emails in
particular revealed other factors I found personally difficult to reconcile with voting for her.
On Trump's end, I disagreed completely with his immigration, women's rights, law enforcement, treaty, and tax positions. I, like many, found his
choices of words - both public and private - deeply disturbing and eyebrow raising. (Regardless of whether anyone thinks that means he is any
particular brand of "ist" or not.)
He, like her, frequently changed positions over the years, in my opinion in a manner which suggested political expediency. (We saw another instance of
this tonight in my view, where after prolonged attacks and vows to jail her, he complimented and thanked Clinton for her long service to the country -
those 30 years of "bad experience" he has been so critical of prior to this - in a conciliatory and graciously framed victory speech. Granted, all
politicians in power transition do this, as it's politics and civil service 101. But his ostensible contrasting characteristic was supposedly that he
was anything but
politics 101. Similarly, the potential cabinet taking shape around him also concerns me.)
That might seem like a strikingly short list compared to my reasons for not voting for Clinton, but those factors carry great conscientious weight for
So, what is my position/intent now that he was won?
I intend to treat those - regardless of which "side" they're on - who don't share my views (and I'm sure there will be many, as always, since I don't
enthusiastically endorse either candidate or party) with dignity, respect, and compassion, to encourage civility between others of sharply differing
views. It is my firm belief that this election revealed a crevice in our polity, caused by a total lack of genuine concern between different parts of
the whole that is our society. I still think this article - despite
its inflammatory title
- sums up a large part of this divide, and why it exists. There are large numbers of real people who are very fed up,
and many of whom are very much in poverty, and I think both sides spend too much time talking over one another rather than trying to understand
I can't change that or who our candidates are - and indeed, as I said, I voted for neither of them - but I can do my tiny, possibly irrelevant but
nonetheless necessary imo, part to encourage civility. So I repeat the vow I made earlier in the election: I will treat everyone I speak to here and
elsewhere, no matter what we disagree on, like human beings worthy of respect, without attacking or seeking to invalidate them, and try my utmost to
understand where they're coming from, and give a crap what happens to them.
And while I harbor grave concerns about our new course, which remains to be seen, and while it may be difficult, I won't automatically assume the
worst about anyone... including our new president-elect. (Which would be true whether it was Trump or Clinton.) I will maintain hope. I will choose to
believe if we work toward civility and mutual respect, maybe good things can happen rather than bad things, regardless of which "side" people find
themselves on. I will not hate anyone, or see anyone as my enemy.
We all have to live together ultimately. I will do my tiny part to encourage doing so with civility. That is all I have to offer.