The weather matched the mood of the Democratic faithfuls in many places in the United States the day after the 2016 electoral disaster – gloomy and grey.
As Hillary Clinton loyalists queued in the drizzle outside the downtown hotel in New York City where their candidate would formally concede the presidential election, Democratic faithfuls tried to wrap their heads around what had just happened to them and their party. As Mrs Clinton exits the stage, she leaves a Democratic Party that is in tatters. When President Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, he rode into office with large majorities in Congress and control of 29 of 50 governorships. But unfortunately he lacked the support to move forward on critical issues. We have no regret as the past eight years under Obama’s leadership were an opportunity to rebuild the USA. We will never have a president who is that smart, classy, and cool. Many of us would vote for four more years in a heartbeat.
“I’m pretty heartbroken,” said one young woman, brushing back a tear. “They hated more than we loved, and that’s on us. That’s how they won.”
The previous night, as emotions at the Clinton campaign headquarters shifted from celebratory to despair, the attendees either refused to face reality – offering glib assurances that fortunes would turn in their favor soon enough – or responded to queries with stony silence.
The morning after, however, thoughts turned to the future and where their party should go from here. According to a section of the Democratic Party here in the Prince George’s county, some members are preparing to form an alternative party or leave the democratics for some thing else altogether.
What lies in store for the Democrats, first and foremost, will be an attempt to define what went wrong. Plenty of blame will be heaped on Mrs Clinton and the centre-left establishment she represents. Of course, if Mrs Clinton had decided to rely on State Department email servers for her work correspondence the issue sorrounding FBI investigations which became a center for criticism would not have sufficed. That one is on her shoulders.
Already there has been a torrent of second-guessing from the Sanders legions, who point to polls that showed their man beating Mr Trump in hypothetical head-to-head matchups last spring.
“Hate to say we told you so, but Bernie Sanders warned the Democratic Party, and it didn’t listen; it sabotaged him,” tweeted writer Ben Norton of the liberal website Salon.
In general here in Prince George’s county Maryland, residents voted for local board of education races, local ballot referendums, a constitutional amendment, U.S. House races and the state’s open U.S. Senate seat in addition to president. There was without a doubt a coordinated effort to suppress voter information especially question D which is a problem.
In a nutshell, the sample ballots are a conduit for fraudulent transactions and a problem for the Prince George’s county. Something should done to stop the misinformation in order to sway the county residents in other directions for personal gain as it was done this time around.
Here is the bottom line: Republican Donald Trump was elected US president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton. His victory came after key wins in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Donald Trump has defied all expectations from the very start of his presidential campaign more than a year ago.
Very few people thought he would actually run, then he did. They thought he wouldn’t climb in the polls, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win any primaries, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination, then he did.
Finally, they said there was no way he could compete for, let alone win, a general election.
Now he’s president-elect Trump.
In the end, Mr Trump and his closest confidants – his children and a few chosen advisers – will have the last laugh. And they’ll do it from the White House.
In closing, The biggest mistake we can make is to assume that it is up to our political leaders to unify us. They can set the tone, but it is primarily in the hands of the American people to rebuild a basic level of mutual respect and dignity. The sooner we do, the better, because we are hurting each other and in the process making our country ungovernable, no matter who we elect. We need to reach out across the party lines and start a conversation.
Breakthroughs usually only come out of crises, and we are in crisis. So there is no better time for We, the People, to build a new order: one based on mutual respect and care for our fellow citizens, a commitment to social justice, and a defense of the liberties that give us the power to build that order in the first place.
Here are the results:
Presidential results in the USA General
Donald Trump 60,072,551 votes 47.4%- Winner
Hillary Clinton 60,467,601 votes 47.7%
U.S. Senate – General
Van Hollen, Chris Dem 1,488,845 60% – Winner
Szeliga, Kathy GOP 898,902 36%
Flowers, Margaret Grn 78,752 3%
U.S. House – District 4 – General DC subs
Brown, Anthony Dem 218,215 74% – Winner
McDermott, George GOP 63,674 22%
Clark, Kamesha Grn 7,357 2%
Krause, Benjamin Lib 5,274
U.S. House – District 5 – General South
Hoyer, Steny (i) Dem 223,582 67%
Arness, Mark GOP 98,768 30%
In addition, Residents within the Prince George’s County School District Board of Education chose between five candidates for positions on the Prince George’s County School District Board of Education during the general election. The following top five school board members will serve for four year terms.
Raul Jurado – 27 percent
David H. Murray – 72 percent
Patricia Eubanks (i) – 70 percent
Abel Olivo – 29 percent
Raaheela Ahmed – 58 percent
Cheryl Landis – 42 percent
John E. Richardson – 38 percent
K. Alexander Wallace (i) – 61 percent
Edward III Burroughs (i) – 68 percent
Stephanie Hinton – 32 percent
* (i) denotes incumbent
Ballot Issues won through fraudulent transactions after sample ballots were mailed out en masse to the citizenary.
Prince George’s County
A: Library bond – Pass 82 percent
B: Public safety bond – Pass 86 percent
C: Community college bond – Pass 85 percent
D: Charter amendment to add at-large seats to the County Council – Pass 66 percent
E: Public works and transportation bonds – Pass 85 percent
F: County buildings bond – Pass 71 percent
G: Charter amendment on outside legal counsel – Pass 85 percent