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America’s Gag Reflex

Here we are not attempting to minimize Donald Trump’s achievement Tuesday night in topping 300 electoral votes and capturing the White House amid a shocked pundit class. What Trump managed was, unquestionably, the greatest upset in American political history, and arguably, the greatest electoral upset in the history of the modern world.

It may be impossible to minimize such an achievement. Thus let us agree that what follows is an explanation, or perhaps a description of the road which opened for Trump to ride to victory.

Interestingly, despite the idiotic blatherings of CNN’s resident urban communist Van Jones, Trump’s election didn’t represent a “whitelash,” or some spasm of racial animus on the part of white voters. Trump actually underperformed with whites compared to Mitt Romney in 2012.

And just as interestingly, Trump got less overall votes than Romney. Or John McCain in 2008.

To put fully paid to the narrative Jones and other pundits on the Left are spinning, that Trump’s victory was a triumph of American racism and bigotry, an ugly slur which has encouraged thousands of this country’s worst residents to take to the streets in childish and un-American protests of democracy, it turns out that where Trump did make improvements over Romney’s performance was with black and Hispanic voters.

You read that correctly. Trump improved Romney’s 27 percent share of the Hispanic vote to 29, and Romney’s six percent to eight in the black community.

Now — it might be said that the white voters Trump attracted were not the same as those supporting Romney. Trump’s vote, particularly in Appalachia and the Rust Belt, came much more from downscale white voters without college degrees than Romney’s did; assuming, given the numbers above, that it was hate that drove his victory seems more a reflection of bigotry against non-college educated whites than any sort of cogent analysis.

And it’s the Left’s bigotry, and moreover its obnoxious arrogance and never-ending cultural and political aggression, that explains Trump’s victory.

Hillary Clinton lost this race more than Trump won it. Which is not a disparagement of Trump’s upset; if nothing else, his late surge came from an excellent display of political discipline in largely refraining from any controversial words or deeds once Clinton’s legal troubles began multiplying 10 days out from Election Day — that restraint allowed her to lose the race and made him President of the United States.

Because what happened on Election Night was that the national gag reflex manifested itself. And the Democrats’ attempts at forcing down a charmless Alinskyite grifter under multiple FBI investigations ran afoul of that reflex. She found herself the victim of a massive laryngeal spasm on the part of the electorate.

So did the Democratic Party, which found itself winning only six House seats and a net of just two Senate seats when it crowed lustily over the possibility of capturing both houses outright. Democrats will have only 16 governorships in January, and control only 12 state legislatures. On Election Night as the smoke cleared it became obvious that America is sick and tired of the party in the White House.

And why shouldn’t it be? Nominating Clinton was an exercise in arrogance and corruption never before seen in American politics. It was a political aggression well in line with a long string of other affronts both political and cultural; for example, a sitting president encouraging illegal aliens to vote, attempts to install transvestites in girls’ bathrooms in American schools, efforts to punish religious people who don’t want to participate in gay weddings, Black Lives Matter, Lena Dunham, the IRS scandal, Bob Creamer, the Obamacare premium spike, Colin Kaepernick.

Americans have been lectured, scolded, robbed, demoralized, and gaslighted relentlessly for the past eight years. And to top it all, the Democrats demanded that if they wouldn’t swallow a “feminist icon” whose only employment came courtesy of her professional relationship with her husband, who we are meant to believe put the nation’s state secrets forfeit to foreign powers as an innocent mistake and who is obviously guilty of running a pay-for-play influence-peddling scam disguised as a charity alongside what is advertised as “public service,” then that would constitute sexism. Internet memes circulated by Democrats demanded that Clinton be elected in order to rectify the wrong of no previous female presidents, and her victory party featured a giant “glass ceiling” that she would figuratively shatter once elected.

Sorry, said the country, but too far is too far. If that means making the guy from The Apprentice president, so be it. America emitted an unpleasant noise, expectorated, and delivered the Democrats to the floor covered in sputum.

Here’s a favorite quote circulating on social media. It’s the response of the normals to the Left, and the lesson given to the Democrats following the Clintons’ banishment from the political scene…

Years ago I was handed a president that I didn’t want nor did I like. He brought on policies and debt that I didn’t want nor did our country need. Four years ago, more of the same. Any time I spoke out against this, I was labeled a racist. Meanwhile the other side celebrated and cheered and shoved their mockery in my face, and their socialist policies down my throat. I was forced to sit quietly and take it.

Today I have gained a president, that while he wasn’t initially my first choice, having heard his plans for our country, I believe in him, and have chosen to support him wholeheartedly (especially given the opposition).

However today I’m not allowed to celebrate the victory because I’m being called, yet again, a racist. Meanwhile the other side is literally crying, whining, bitching and moaning.

There is something deeply wrong with this country, but I do not feel it is with me or my fellow “racist deplorables.”

Just so. Trump may carry with him lots of problems, but among them do not include relentless abuses of power seeking to force unwanted change on a beleaguered population. The country has had enough and has demanded a break from the Left.

Lord willing, that break will be long and prosperous.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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