2016 Election Timeline

by Ed Sawicki - December 14, 2019

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election loss is a contentious issue within the Democratic Party. Most voters have either limited memory of events leading up to the election day loss or were never aware of many of the events that contributed to the loss. This timeline will serve as a memory jogger for some; revelation for others.

This timeline documents when voters became aware of events — not necessarily when they happened.

Since the intended audience is Democratic voters, this timeline will not cover events from a Republican perspective. It also doesn't cover the other Democratic candidates: Martin O'Malley, Lawrence Lessig, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb.

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Table of Contents

Voter suppression

Sanders defends Clinton over emails

Clinton told Wall Street to "Cut it out"

Database breech

Sanders proposes breakup of "Too Big To Fail" banks

MoveOn supports Sanders

Clinton claims no cuts to Social Security

There’s a special place in hell

Superdelegates are democratic?

Clinton's Superpredators

Tulsi Gabbard resigns from DNC over debate schedule

Wikileaks releases over 30,000 Clinton Emails

Donna Brazile sends debate questions to Clinton campaign

Clinton false story about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire

Clinton becomes the presumptive nominee

Obama stumps for DWS

Class Action brought against the Democratic Party and DWS

Sanders endorses Clinton

Clinton picks Kaine for VP

DWS resigns from DNC

Why Putin Hates Clinton

Sanders moves to nominate Clinton by voice vote at the 2016 DNC

Sanders campaigns for Clinton in 39 cities

Clinton's Basket of Deplorables remark

Clinton insults Sanders supporters?

6 Million felons can't vote

Wikileaks releases Clinton's Wall Street speeches

Government releases statement about Russian hacking

James Comey sends letter about Clinton emails

James Comey opposed notifying public

Donna Brazile is not sorry for leaking CNN debate questions

Clinton won the popular vote by significantly less than Obama

Jill Stein

53 percent of white women voted for Trump

About 100 million people didn't vote

Clinton blames Putin for hacking attacks

Obama and McConnell quiet about Russia

Donna Brazile admits cheating

Hillary Clinton publishes What Happened book

CNN accepts Brazile’s resignation as a contributor

Warren agrees DNC was rigged against Sanders

The Hill calls for an apology

Donna Brazile publishes book

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

Sander's supporters voted for Trump?

Clinton tends toward militarism

Voter suppression

— June 25, 2013 —

Conservative Supreme Court

The 2016 presidential election was the first following the Supreme Court's 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Immediately after, several states went back to their evil ways of voter suppression that included gerrymandering of Congressional districts, stricter voter ID laws, etc. Did voter suppression have anything to do with Hillary Clinton garnering far fewer popular votes than Barak Obama did in 2012?

It seems likely.

From the NY Times: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.”

“The decision will have immediate practical consequences. Texas announced shortly after the decision that a voter identification law that had been blocked would go into effect immediately, and that redistricting maps there would no longer need federal approval. Changes in voting procedures in the places that had been covered by the law, including ones concerning restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation.”

Sources

NY Times, Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act

Brennan Center, Voting Rights Act

SCOTUS, SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA v. HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ET AL.

Propublica, Everything That's Happened Since Supreme Court Ruled on Voting Rights Act

April 12, 2015 – Hillary Clinton announces 2016 presidential run
April 30, 2015 – Bernie Sanders announces 2016 presidential run
October 13, 2015 – First Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, NV

Sanders defends Clinton over emails

— October 13, 2015 —

Sanders was unhappy that Clinton's email scandal was cutting into debate time for serious issues, so he defended her to try to put an end to it.

Sources

NBC, Watch Bernie Sanders Aid Reporter Andrea Mitchell

November 14, 2015 – Second Democratic Debate in Des Moines, IA

Clinton told Wall Street to "Cut it out"

— November 15, 2015 —

Sources

Politico, Hillary Clinton Told Wall Street To ‘Cut It Out’—Not So Much, the Record Shows

Propublica, Hillary Clinton’s Mixed Record on Wall Street Belies Her Tough ‘Cut it Out’ Talk

Youtube, Hillary Clinton's Speech to Nasdaq (Dec. 5, 2007)

Presidency Project, Text of Clinton's speech to NASDAQ

December 19, 2015 – Third Democratic Debate in Manchester, NH

Database breech

— December 22, 2015 —

The Clinton campaign discovered that staff on the Sanders campaign were accessing their voter database. The DNC responded by denying the Sanders campaign access to their own (Sanders) voter database. The Sanders campaign filed a lawsuit. All parties involved resolved the issue quickly.

The root of the problem was discovered to be the software used by the DNC. Called the NGP VAN system, the vendor that maintained it made mistakes that created the security problem. The DNC Chair (at the time) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sanders’ campaign had “inappropriately accessed” data belonging to Clinton's campaign but it happened because of a software patch and not a hack on the part of Sanders’ staff.

There's no reason to believe that the election results were affected by this.

Sources

Government Technology, What’s the Deal with the Sanders/Clinton Data Breach?

Snopes, Bernie Sanders Campaign Data Breach Controversy

Sanders proposes breakup of "Too Big To Fail" banks

— January 5, 2016 —

Sources

NY Times, Bernie Sanders Attacks Hillary Clinton Over Regulating Wall Street

Vox, Bernie Sanders's plan to break up the banks, explained

Youtube, Bernie Sanders' Plan to End 'Too Big to Fail' Banks, in 3 Minutes

January 17, 2016 – Fourth Democratic Debate in Charleston, SC
February 4, 2016 – Fifth Democratic Debate in Durham, NH
February 11, 2016 – Sixth Democratic Debate in Milwaukee, WI

MoveOn supports Sanders

— January 12, 2016 —

MoveOn.org had its members vote on the Democratic candidate that they should support. Sanders won the group’s endorsement with more than 78% of the vote, shattering MoveOn records with most votes cast and largest margin of victory.

In the Politico article listed below, Joe Biden said, “'Hillary's focus has been other things up to now, and that's been Bernie's — no one questions Bernie's authenticity on those issues,” Biden told CNN's AC360. In a Tuesday morning interview on NBC's Today, Biden said he meant that Hillary Clinton was previously more focused on more foreign policy issues.

Sources

MoveOn, MoveOn Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Endorse Bernie Sanders in Democratic Primary

MoveOn, The Top 5 Reasons MoveOn Members Voted to Endorse Bernie (with the Most Votes and Widest Margin in Our History)

The Intercept, Bernie Sanders Gets Group Endorsements When Members Decide; Hillary Clinton When Leaders Decide

Sunshine State, Shocker? 8 Million-Strong MoveOn Votes Overwhelmingly to Endorse Bernie Sanders

Politico, MoveOn endorses Bernie Sanders

Clinton claims no cuts to Social Security

— February 5, 2016 —

Clinton vowed to defend and expand Social Security.

Clinton claims no cuts to Social Security

See October 7, 2016, Wikileaks, Clinton's speech to Wall Street, balance budget with SS cuts

Sources

Huffington Post, Why Progressive Groups Have A Problem With Clinton On Social Security

SS Works, Huff Post: “Hillary Clinton refuses to rule out any and all benefit cuts to Social Security”

There’s a special place in hell

— February 7, 2016 —

Starbucks coffee cup

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright try to convince young women that they are obligated to vote for Hillary Clinton regardless of the issues. Albright used her now-famous quote, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” Steinem suggested that younger women were backing Mr. Sanders just so they could meet young men but she later walks that back.

This strategy didn't work since about 53 percent of white women voted for Trump. See November 9, 2016, 53 percent of white women voted for Trump

Note that Gloria Steinem endorsed Bernie Sanders during his 1996 election campaign. She declared him an honorary woman.

Sources

NY Times, Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Rebuke Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders

Patheos, Would a Woman Really Be a Better President?

Superdelegates are democratic?

— February 14, 2016 —

From Salon: “Bernie Sanders won the primary election in New Hampshire by a landslide in early February, with 60 percent of votes to Hillary Clinton's 38 percent. Sanders won every demographic group, excluding rich voters and those aged 65 and older. Yet, although Clinton drastically lost, she ended up leaving with an equal number of delegates. This is because of the superdelegate system.”

In a February 11, 2015 interview, CNN's Jake Tapper asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, “What do you tell voters who are new to the process who say this makes them feel like it's all rigged?”

She replied, “Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don't have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists,”

Sources

Salon, Un-Democratic Party: DNC chair says superdelegates ensure elites don't have to run "against grassroots activists"

Youtube, DNC Chair Says Superdelegates Exist to Protect Party Leaders"

WAPO, We need more questions like this one from Jake Tapper to Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Clinton's Superpredators

— February 25, 2016 —

From WAPO:

Ashley Williams, a 23-year-old activist from Charlotte, interrupted Clinton during a private fundraiser in Charleston on Wednesday night. Williams stood and demanded an apology from Clinton for the high incarceration rate for black Americans, and confronted her with the words of a speech Clinton delivered 20 years ago voicing support for the now-debunked theory of “super-predators”.

“They are often the kinds of kids that are called 'super-predators,' ” Clinton said in 1996, at the height of anxiety during her husband's administration about high rates of crime and violence. “No conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

The ACLU has been highly critical of the superpredator characterization in their writings and presentations. Note that ACLU webpages on issues don't generally have dates.

Sources

CNN, Black Lives Matter protesters confront Clinton at a fundraiser

WAPO, Clinton regrets 1996 remark on ‘super-predators’ after encounter with activist

ACLU, FALSE HOPE: How parole systems fail youth serving extreme sentences

Tulsi Gabbard resigns from DNC over debate schedule

— February 28, 2016 —

Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2) was one of five DNC chairs for the 2016 election. She resigned after disagreements over the Democratic Party debate schedule. The Sanders campaign wanted more debates at prime times. See the article in The Nation below. The Clinton campaign wanted fewer debates and at times when viewership was reduced.

Gabbard later published her position on DNC corruption and how she thought it should be reformed.

Sources

The Nation, After One Good Debate, Democrats Need to Schedule a Lot More of Them

Reuters, Congresswoman quits Democratic National Committee, endorses Bernie Sanders

tulsigabbard.org, Tulsi Gabbard on DNC Reform

March 6, 2016 – Seventh Democratic Debate in Flint, MI
March 9, 2016 – Eighth Democratic Debate in Miami, FL

Wikileaks releases over 30,000 Clinton Emails

— March 15, 2016 —

Wikileaks Hillary Clinton cartoon

Sources

Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton Email Archive

CNBC, What data reveals about Hillary Clinton's emails

Donna Brazile sends debate questions to Clinton campaign

— March 15, 2016 —

Donna Brazile

WikiLeaks revealed that Brazile had emailed John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, in March about her access to questions that would be asked at CNN-sponsored primary debates. “From time to time I get the questions in advance,” she told Podesta on March 12. She added, “I’ll send a few more.”

Sources

Politico, Brazile: Leaking town hall topics to Clinton campaign 'mistake I will forever regret'

Wikipedia, Donna Brazile: Sharing debate questions with Clinton campaign

April 14, 2016 – Ninth Democratic Debate in Brooklyn, NY

Clinton false story about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire

— May 23, 2016 —

It started with the Washington Post running a story about Hillary Clinton's false story about landing in Bosnia in 1996 under fire and having to run for cover. Then, Donald Trump tweeted about it on June 22nd, 2016, saying, “Says Hillary Clinton "said she was under attack (in Bosnia) but the attack turned out to be young girls handing her flowers."”

This false story is on a par with Brian William's false 2003 claim that the helicopter he was in took enemy fire and was downed. Williams was suspended from NBC for six months for the lie. The general feeling from liberals on social media was that Williams deserved the punishment. How many felt that Clinton's lie also deserved punishment?

Sources

WAPO, Recalling Hillary Clinton’s claim of ‘landing under sniper fire’ in Bosnia

Politifact, Trump right that Clinton made up story about Bosnia sniper fire

Clinton becomes the presumptive nominee

— June 6, 2016 —

Sources

NPR, Clinton Has Enough Delegates To Claim Democratic Nomination

Vox, This is historic: Hillary Clinton is the first woman presumptive nominee of a major party

June 9, 2016 – Obama endorses Clinton

Obama stumps for DWS

— June 3, 2016 —

Sources

Politico, Obama says he has Wasserman Schultz's back

The Intercept, This Obama Endorsement is a Sign Pro-Corporate Democrats are Getting Nervous

Class Action brought against the Democratic Party and DWS

— June 28, 2016 —

Sources

Youtube, WE FIGHT BACK: Nationwide Class-Action filed Against Democratic Party and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Observer, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Served Class Action Lawsuit for Rigging Primaries

Observer, DNC Lawyers Argue DNC Has Right to Pick Candidates in Back Rooms

Observer, Court Concedes DNC Had the Right to Rig Primaries Against Sanders

Sanders endorses Clinton

— July 12, 2016 —

Sources

CNN, Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

NY Times, Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton, Hoping to Unify Democrats

BBC, US election 2016: Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

Time, Bernie Sanders Won by Waiting to Endorse Hillary Clinton

Guardian, Bernie Sanders set to endorse Clinton after Democratic platform negotiations

NPR, Sanders And Clinton To Rally Together In New Hampshire

Politico, Sanders endorsement talks heat up

The Nation, How Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Progressive Platform in Democratic Party History

Clinton picks Kaine for VP

— July 22, 2016 —

Tim Kaine

Clinton’s pick for Vice-president was Tim Kaine. This was an unpopular choice for many voters who thought that Clinton should have chosen someone of color, such as Julian Castro or Cory Booker, or a progressive woman (Elizabeth Warren). Some thought that Clinton should have made a more secular choice. Kaine’s position toward abortion, for example, was suspect because of his past positions, such as supporting abstinence-only sex education for teens.

Kaine also backed repeal of Virginia’s estate tax, a move you'd expect from a Republican, not a Democrat. Kaine's attitude about raising taxes on all segments of society didn't mesh well with Clinton's stated (public) policy of only raising taxes on the wealthy.

Sources

Roll Call, Clinton Picks Virginia's Tim Kaine for VP

New Republic, Tim Kaine Is Too Boring to Be Clinton’s Running Mate

Virginia Legislature, HB 5019 Estate tax

DWS resigns from DNC

— July 24, 2016 —

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and DNC staff were found to be undermining the campaign of Bernie Sanders. This was discovered as a result of the Wikileaks release of 20,000 of the DNC's emails. Schultz resigned but was immediately hired by the Clinton campaign. (See Donna Brazile's claim that the DNC and the Clinton campaign were essentially the same thing.) DNC vice chair Donna Brazile served as Interim Chair through the convention and election.

Obama, Clinton, and Pelosi praise Schultz but Bernie Sanders said, “The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”

Sources

Rawstory, Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign as DNC chairwoman

Tampa Bay Times, Obama, Clinton praise Debbie Wasserman Schultz amid controversy

Why Putin Hates Clinton

— July 25, 2016 —

From Politico: With the protesters accusing Putin of having rigged recent elections, the Russian leader pointed an angry finger at Clinton, who had issued a statement sharply critical of the voting results. “She said they were dishonest and unfair,” Putin fumed in public remarks, saying that Clinton gave “a signal” to demonstrators working “with the support of the U.S. State Department” to undermine his power. “We need to safeguard ourselves from this interference in our internal affairs,” Putin declared.

Sources

Politico, Why Putin hates Hillary

Sanders moves to nominate Clinton by voice vote at the 2016 DNC

— July 26, 2016 —

“Madam Chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules, I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party, for president of the United States.”

The Chair responded, “Senator Sanders has moved in the spirit of unity to suspend the rules and nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation, as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.”

Sources

Youtube, Bernie Sanders surprises crowd, moves to nominate Clinton by voice vote at the 2016 DNC

USA Today, Sanders delegates boo his call to back Clinton, vow protests

Sanders campaigns for Clinton in 39 cities

— July -August, 2016 —

After Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton, he committed to a rigorous campaign schedule of 39 rallies in 13 states. For a complete list of cities, click the Sanders/Clinton Schedule link below.

Clinton thanked Sanders publicly for his efforts as you can see from the tweet pictured below and a letter she sent to Sanders.

Clinton tweet thanking Sanders

Sources

USA Today, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton join forces against Donald Trump

New Yorker, Bernie Sanders's Hard Fight for Hillary Clinton

Politico, Sanders planning a ‘very, very vigorous’ Clinton stump schedule

Ed Sawicki, Sanders/Clinton Schedule

Clinton's Basket of Deplorables remark

— September 10, 2016 —

Sources

Time, Read Hillary Clinton's 'Basket of Deplorables' Remarks About Donald Trump Supporters

Daily Beast, Hillary Apologizes for ‘Deplorables’ Remark

NPR, Hillary Clinton's 'Basket Of Deplorables,' In Full Context Of This Ugly Campaign

CNN, Clinton expresses regret for saying 'half' of Trump supporters are 'deplorables'

Clinton insults Sanders supporters?

— October 2, 2016 —

The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, commented on a recording made of a February 2016 fundraiser given by Clinton in which she commented on Sanders supporters. It mentioned that many of them lived in their parent's basements. That story was picked up by other news outlets and, by the time it made it to Twitter, was spun as highly insulting to Sanders supporters. Weeks earlier, Clinton made her basket of deplorables remark, so it wasn't hard to buy in to this seemingly new voter condescention.

Donald Trumped jumped into it with a tweet that began, "Crooked H is nasty to Sanders supporters behind closed doors." The Newsweek article contradicted the claim and Bernie Sanders agreed.

Bernie Sanders had no part in this and did not criticize Clinton's original remarks. He said on ABC's This Week show, “What she was saying there is absolutely correct.”

Sources

Washington Times, Hillary Clinton privately slams Bernie Sanders' supporters as 'basement dwellers'

Politico, Clinton gives her take on Sanders supporters in leaked fundraising recording

Newsweek, No, Hillary Clinton Didn't Insult Sanders' Supporters As 'Basement Dwellers'

CNBC, Trump fires back on Clinton’s leaked ‘basement dwellers’ audio

Snopes, Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Recording

6 Million felons can't vote

— October 6, 2016 —

The chickens have come home to roost. After decades of doing nothing about felony disenfranchisement, the 2016 election will have six million fewer voters. Conventional wisdom tells us that these are mostly Democratic voters. But Democrats did little to fix this problem over the years. On social media, many or most liberals support the idea that felons should lose their right to vote.

See November 8, 2016, Over 6 million felons couldn't vote

Sources

Sentencing Project, 6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016

Demos.org, MYTH: Ex-Felons Should Be Ineligible to Vote

NY Times, In Alabama, a Fight to Regain Voting Rights Some Felons Never Lost

WAPO, Bernie Sanders fields questions on reparations, socialism, and felon voter rights

Wikileaks releases Clinton's Wall Street speeches

— October 7, 2016 —

Hillary Clinton was criticized for being too friendly with Wall Street even after the financial collapse of 2018-19. She refused to release the text of her paid speeches to Wall Street firms but they were captured and released by Wikileaks on October 7, 2016 - one month before the election. In them, Clinton admitted to having both a public and a private position on politically contentious issues, where her private position was to favor Wall Street over Main Street and thought that cuts to Social Security should be used to balance the budget.

Sources

Wikileaks, HRC Paid Speeches email

Politico, The most revealing Clinton campaign emails in WikiLeaks release

NY Times, Leaked Speech Excerpts Show a Hillary Clinton at Ease With Wall Street

Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton Email Archive

Politico, Hacked 80-page roundup of paid speeches shows Clinton 'praising Wall Street'

Wikileaks, POLITICO: Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street backers: We get it

Government releases statement about Russian hacking

— October 7, 2016 —

DHS and DNI logos

From Politico:  “On Oct. 7, 2016, about a month before the election, the administration revealed, through a statement from the director of national intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security, that the U.S. government believed Russia was behind the hacks and was seeking to interfere with the election. The revelation, which many in the White House expected to be bombshell news, was largely overshadowed by the revelation that same day of an “Access Hollywood” tape in which Donald Trump made crude and sexist comments to anchor Billy Bush.”

Sources

Politico, Obama team was warned in 2014 about Russian interference

DHS, Joint Statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security

"Super predators" continued

— October 21, 2016 —

From The Guardian:

When a young black woman confronted Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser over Clinton’s description of young offenders in the 1990s as “super predators” that needed to be brought “to heel”, it was an educational moment for a new generation of voters who may have been unaware of the Clintons' complicated history with African Americans.

The discourse of “super predators” was not an unfortunate misstatement; it was a racist, political calculation intended to publicly demonstrate a lack of sympathy for black people and support for a regime of punishment and retribution.

Sources

Guardian, Why should we trust you? Clinton's big problem with young black Americans

ACLU, Innocent Students Are Getting Criminalizing Probation in One California County

ACLU, Storm Warning

C-SPAN, 1996: Hillary Clinton on "superpredators"

James Comey sends letter about Clinton emails

— October 28, 2016 —

James Comey

James Comey, Director of the FBI, sent a letter to Congress two weeks before the election informing them that the FBI was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. This was because some Clinton emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s computer during an investigation of him. His wife, Huma Abedin, had used his computer to send and receive email messages that had passed through Clinton’s private server.

Abedin was vice-chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. This situation could have been avoided if she had her own campaign-assigned computer for use at home.

Nobody knows for certain how this affected voting. Voters tend to see this as either the work of a partisan FBI director (Comey was a Republican before July 2016) or a self-inflicted wound by the Clinton campaign.

Sources

538, The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election

CNN, James Comey explains why he alerted Congress right before the election on Clinton's emails

NY Times, Letter to Congress From F.B.I. Director on Clinton Email Case

James Comey opposed notifying public

— October 31, 2016 —

“FBI Director James Comey argued privately that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the U.S. election and ultimately ensured that the FBI’s name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out, a former bureau official tells CNBC.%rdquo;

The official said some government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey would have election timing concerns with the Russian disclosure but not with the Huma Abedin email discovery disclosure he made Friday.”

Sources

CNBC, FBI’s Comey opposed naming Russians, citing election timing: Source

NPR, Did FBI Director James Comey's Email Announcement Break The Law?

Donna Brazile is not sorry for leaking CNN debate questions

— November 7, 2016 —

WAPO, Donna Brazile is totally not sorry for leaking CNN debate questions to Hillary Clinton

Fox News, Donna Brazile: Jake Tapper betrayed me after debate questions controversy

RealClear Politics, Brazile On Giving Hillary Debate Question: You Never Saw The Things I Gave To Sanders Or O'Malley

November 8, 2016 — Election Day

Over 6 million felons couldn't vote

— November 8, 2016 —

There are over 6 million felons of voting age who are prohibited from voting. These 6 million are not evenly distributed across our 435 congressional districts but, if they were, that’s more than 13,793 people per voting district who are prohibited from voting. Many Democratic voters are in favor of this prohibition yet it may be a significant reason for Clinton losing the 2016 election. A self-inflicted wound.

State Democrats should have done more before the 2016 election for prison reform generally and ensuring that felons had the right to vote specifically. One problem is that hundreds of Democratic seats in state legislatures were lost during the Bush and Obama years.

Sources

Medium, How Thousands of Voting Ex-Felons Could Impact Florida’s Elections

Prison Fellowship, Voting Rights

NCSL, Felon Voting Rights

Wikipedia, Felony disenfranchisement in the United States

Jill Stein

— November 8, 2016 —

Jill Stein

Hillary Clinton has blamed her loss, in part, on Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Stein took 1.07 percent of the votes for a total of 1,457,218 votes. The margin that Trump won by in certain congressional districts was less than the number of Stein votes for the district, so Stein had an impact.

However, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson did far better than Stein. He got 3.28 percent of the votes: 4,489,341 votes. Some Hillary Clinton supporters blame Gary Johnson for Clinton's loss as well, but Johnson's votes came primarily from Republicans who could not bring themselves to vote for Trump. Johnson's votes helped Clinton, not hurt her. Had these Republican voters not voted for Johnson and voted for Trump, Clinton's margin would have been far smaller and, conceivably, Clinton could have lost the popular vote.

We've had more than two political parties since the country's beginnings. There's nothing wrong with that aspect of our politics, unless you think that having ANY parties is a problem. What IS a problem is the winner-take-all nature of our political system. Having third-parties means that every election will have "spoilers" from the point of view of the two major parties. With no ability to establish coalition governments, third parties are demonized here.

Sources

WAPO, You can blame the electoral college for Trump winning. But don’t blame Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

Huffington, Why It Doesn’t Make Sense To Blame Gary Johnson For Hillary’s Loss

Vanity Fair, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein handed the Presidency to Donald Trump

WAPO, Gary Johnson helped Hillary. Not by enough, but he did.

53 percent of white women voted for Trump

— November 9, 2016 —

94 percent of black women who voted and 68 percent of Hispanic and Latino female voters chose Hillary Clinton, but 53 percent of all white female voters picked Donald Trump. This result is ironic given that, in early 2016, Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright tried to convince women that they are obligated to vote for Hillary Clinton. Albright used her now-famous line, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

Similar to Al Gore not winning his home state* in the 2000 election, the inconvenient truth is that Clinton didn't win her own gender in a historic election for the first woman president of the United States.

* If Gore had won Tennessee, he would have been president.

Sources

NY Times, White Women Helped Elect Donald Trump

WAPO, Trump celebrates winning 52 percent of women in 2016 — which is only how he did among whites

CNN, exit polls

538, Clinton Couldn’t Win Over White Women

CNN, Exit polls

About 100 million people didn't vote

— November 12, 2016 —

Non-voters are the largest political group. It’s been suggested that it’s better to go after them than to try to convert existing Republican voters. Many of these people are young voters who can be convinced to vote if the platform is right. When Sanders was pushing for a minimum wage of $15 per hour during the 2016 campaign, Clinton thought that was too high and supported $12 per hour. While Sanders was pushing to abolish the death penalty, Clinton supported it. Perhaps young people didn’t react well to Clinton’s more conservative platform and stayed home.

Sources

WAPO, About 100 million people couldn’t be bothered to vote this year

2016 November General Election Turnout Rates

Clinton blames Putin for hacking attacks

— December 8, 2016 —

Speaking to a group of donors in Manhattan, Hillary Clinton said that Putin had never forgiven her 2011 accusation that parliamentary elections in his country were rigged.

Sources

NY Times, Clinton Says ‘Personal Beef’ by Putin Led to Hacking Attacks

Guardian, Clinton accuses Putin of acting on 'personal beef' in directing email hack

Obama and McConnell quiet about Russia

— December 9, 2016 —

Mitch McConnel

President Obama was told of Russian interference with the 2016 election and wanted to notify the country but Mitch McConnell refused to cooperate. The Obama administration was concerned that, without McConnel’s cooperation, it would look politically-motivated given that Trump had already told his base that the Democrats would try to rig the election.

The Washington Post reported that during that briefing, McConnell “made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”

It turns out that the concern about Donald Trump turning this political was correct. He has criticized Obama a few times for doing nothing to stop Russian interference in the final months of the 2016 election. Although it’s 20-20 hindsight, we now know that Obama should have warned the country regardless of Mitch McConnel and Trump. But he didn’t.

The Washington Post story ends with this paragraph:

“The lack of an administration response on the Russian hacking cannot be attributed to Congress,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who was at the September meeting. “The administration has all the tools it needs to respond. They have the ability to impose sanctions. They have the ability to take clandestine means. The administration has decided not to utilize them in a way that would deter the Russians, and I think that’s a problem.”

Sources

WAPO, Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

NY Times, Obama Says He Told Putin: ‘Cut It Out’ on Hacking

Donna Brazile admits cheating

— March 20, 2017 —

Observer, Donna Brazile Admits Cheating, But Clinton Campaign Has Yet to Apologize

Hillary Clinton publishes What Happened book

— September 12, 2017 —

Hillary Clinton book

From Wikipedia: In the book, Clinton tries to explain the combination of factors that led to her electoral loss, including James Comey, Vladimir Putin, Mitch McConnell, The New York Times, NBC, WikiLeaks, the American media as a whole, sexism, white resentment, Bernie Sanders and his supporters, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and herself, specifically her comments on putting “coal miners out of business” and labeling her opponent's supporters as a “basket of deplorables”.

Sources

Wikipedia, What Happened (Clinton book)

Guardian, Ten things we learned from Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened

Guardian, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton review – no twinge of remorse

NY Times, Hillary Clinton Opens Up About ‘What Happened,’ With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor

CNN accepts Brazile’s resignation as a contributor

— October 14, 2017 —

Sources

WAPO, CNN drops Donna Brazile as pundit over WikiLeaks revelations

Politico, CNN severs ties with Donna Brazile

Warren agrees DNC was rigged against Sanders

— November 2, 2017 —

The Hill calls for an apology

— November 2, 2017 —

From The Hill: "The DNC had a secret deal with the Clinton campaign that made a mockery of the notion that the national party organization should be neutral in presidential primaries." and "The DNC owes Bernie Sanders and his supporters an apology if it signed a secret deal in 2015 that sought to fix the 2016 nominating process."

The Hill, The DNC owes Bernie Sanders and all Dems an apology

Politico, Democrats shaken and angered by Brazile book

Vanity Fair, Donna Brazile says she has "Proof" Clinton rigged the Primary Against Sanders

Youtube, BOMBSHELL: Donna Brazile Admits DNC Rigged Primary Against Bernie

Donna Brazile publishes book

— November 7, 2017 —

Donna Brazile book

In 2017, after the election, Donna Brazil published a book titled “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House”. She published an excerpt from the book as an article in Politico Magazine titled “Inside Hillary Clinton’s Takeover of the DNC”.

Sources

Politico, November 2, 2017, Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC


The following items either span the timeline or are outside of the timeline.

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

The impact of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook on the 2016 election is still unknown and probably will never be known. The best that can be done is to review these videos and articles and decide for yourself.

Videos

March 20, 2018, How Cambridge Analytica, Facebook swayed the 2016 election

March 20, 2018, Cambridge Analytica: Undercover Secrets of Trump's Data Firm

Democracy Now!, January 7, 2020, Meet Brittany Kaiser, Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Releasing Troves of New Files from Data Firm

Democracy Now!, January 7, 2020, “The Great Hack”: Big Data Firms Helped Sway the 2016 Election. Could It Happen Again in 2020?

Democracy Now!, January 10, 2020, “Democracy For Sale”: Cambridge Analytica & Big Tech’s History of Manipulating Elections

July, 2018, The Great Hack | Official Trailer | Netflix

Sources

Guardian, October 16, 2017, Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help Trump

Wired, October 26, 2017, What Did Cambridge Analytica Really Do for Trump's Campaign?

NPR, March 20, 2018, What Did Cambridge Analytica Do During The 2016 Election?

January 13, 2019, Effect of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook ads on the 2016 US Presidential Election

Sander's supporters voted for Trump?

During the 2016 campaign season, approximately 11 to 12 percent of Sanders supporters didn't vote for Hillary Clinton, voting instead for Jill Stein or Donald Trump. Some significant portion of these supporters were people who normally vote Republican. Yes, Republican. See The Atlantic article.

When Sanders didn't win the nomination, these Republican voters, not considering Hillary Clinton an acceptable substitute for Sanders, voted for the Republican candidate, as they normally would. This is why you may hear people say that Sanders supporters voted for Trump. The NPR article is deceptive in that it doesn't tell you this.

The MSNBC article tells how Sanders consistently did better against Trump than Clinton.

Sources

The Atlantic, November 24, 2015, The Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders

MSNBC, June 6, 2016, Why does Sanders do better than Clinton against Trump?

NPR, August 24, 2017, Here's How Many Bernie Sanders Supporters Ultimately Voted For Trump

Clinton tends toward militarism

Hillary Clinton is seen to be hawkish in her foreign policy.

Sources

The Nation, May 27, 2014, The Left Ought to Worry About Hillary Clinton, Hawk and Militarist, in 2016

The Intercept, September 9, 2015, Hillary Clinton Goes To Militaristic, Hawkish Think Tank, Gives Militaristic, Hawkish Speech

C-SPAN, September 9, 2015, Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton on Iran Nuclear Agreement

NY Times, April 21, 2016, How Hillary Clinton Became a Hawk

NY Times, May 2, 2016, For Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Divergent Paths to Iran Nuclear Talks

Foreign Policy, July 27, 2016, Hillary the Hawk: A History

Vox, August 9, 2016, Why Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be a foreign policy hawk as president

Democracy Now, August 31, 2016, Glenn Greenwald: Obama Has Bombed 7 Nations, But Clinton Claims He Has Not Been Militaristic Enough

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