The 2016 election was a stunning time to be alive. Experts gave Hillary Clinton an over 90% chance to win the election. “There is no way she can lose,” they said. Coastal elites laughed at the concept of a real-estate-mogul-turned-TV-star speaking an influential message to the middle of the country. They figured Donald J. Trump would be blown out of the race in humiliating fashion.
As election night progressed, CNN and MSNBC analysts became concerned. Donald Trump began winning states they didn’t expect: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc. At the end of the night, Trump received 304 electoral votes (270 needed to win) compared to Clinton’s 227. It was shocking, considering the lack of seriousness the media had given the Trump campaign.
Clinton’s campaign became complacent in many ways. They believed they were going to win in a landslide and overlooked major campaign decisions. She did not visit Wisconsin as November came closer – a massive battleground state Trump won. Clinton’s campaign spent 3.8 million on ad buys when the Trump campaign spent 12.1 million. Her messaging felt unrelatable, disingenuous and cold. As a result, she lost the 2016 election.
Going into 2020, I’ve seen a lot of conservatives and Trump supporters acting cocky. They believe Trump will win in a landslide without any contest. Polls and numbers are meaningless to them. “Look at the rally size!! No way he can lose!” they exclaim. Well, he can lose. Assuming the win before people even vote is foolish. The massive media complex, Leftist university systems and the unhinged Democratic party are working every day to win because they despise President Trump and conservatives. They will do anything to take back power to create the socialist, intersectional utopia Elizabeth Warren envisions. We need to take heed from Clinton’s 2016 campaign: don’t get complacent or 2020 will slap us in the face.