First, I will say that I did not vote for Trump. I just refused to vote for a corrupt corporate warmonger. I voted for Jill Stein — another vagina, just one who didn’t support weapons sales and endless war and regime change as a foreign policy. I also wanted to vote for someone who understood the urgency of climate change, not someone who “promoted fracking all over the world.” And when she screamed at the top of her lungs that Single Payer Healthcare “will never, EVER come to pass” I was done with her.
I believed (and still do) that Donald Trump was merely a symptom of a greater disease, and that in order to survive as a Republic we needed to fight the disease and not the symptom. Progressives who voted for Hillary were settling for attacking the symptom without thinking of the long term results.
Had Hillary won, we would be looking at all sorts of investigations; the circus we see now playing around Trump would be playing around Clinton. The Clinton Foundation would be a thing; the Uranium One deal with Russia would be a thing; Benghazi would be a thing; the emails would still be a thing, and there would be talk of impeachment all around.
More importantly, the Democratic Party would have continued its downward death spiral. Under Obama, the Party lost 1000 state legislative seats nationwide; the Republicans now control an all-time high 69 of 99 state legislative chambers and 33 governorships, tying a 94-year-old record.
That means that as of 2017, the GOP has total control of the State powers that govern 60% of the nation.
IF HILLARY HAD WON, the destruction of the Democratic Party as a national force would have been complete. The Democrats would have been routed in the 2018 mid-terms, and the 2020 census would have given the Republicans an even further advantage. The Democrats would have become a regional, bicoastal party representing a minority of the population.
Thanks to the Trump victory, however, Democrats and progressives are galvanised like never before. The 2018 mid terms should be a bloodbath for the GOP; the Democrats should be able to take back both the House and the Senate, and we will be in great position for 2020.
Electing Hillary would have been like amputating a diabetic’s foot but failing to treat the underlying disease. The result is that you will soon lose the leg, and eventually the patient. Trump’s election has given us a chance to take back our country and to turn the Democratic Party around, and finally start getting the types of policies that Americans want, not just the crumbs that drop from a neoliberal corporatist table.