Moore: Democrats Are To Blame For Trump

Monday, November 28, 2016


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Donald Trump

I guess this is what happens when one generation raises another to think that everyone should get a trophy.

Unfortunately, losing is a part of life. And being a sore loser...well, that’s never a good look.

The place for my Democrat friends to look, is in the mirror, if they’re looking to cast blame for Trump’s ascension to the presidency. The party let itself get co-opted by The New Alchemists on Wall Street over the past two decades. And doing so forced them to turn their backs on the American workers so that they could enrich their newfound friends in financial industry.

That allowed Trump to win votes from states that got obliterated by these “bad” trade deals, as he referred to them, in the “rust belt” states and thus, the presidency. So no, it wasn’t racism that handed the election to Trump.

Wall Street over People

It was the total incompetence of the Democrat Party. The nominated Wall Street’s Girl, in Hillary Clinton, and they’re surprised they lost.

Sure Hillary Clinton could say, all she wanted, that she opposed NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership as much as she wanted, despite supporting them previously. But voters aren’t as stupid as politicians think they are.

Instead of facing these hard, and uncomfortable truths, we have the pampered generation and the pamperer generation doing the easy thing (big surprise).

These are some of the same folks, keep in mind, that lambasted President-elect Donald Trump for having stated that he wouldn’t categorically accept the results of the election before having seen the outcome.

I get it. Losing isn’t fun. It’s never easy to see your chosen candidate fail to prevail on election day. But is shouting and screaming in the streets, burning flags, and obstructing traffic the best way to handle the loss? I think not.

It is, I guess, easier than blaming yourself and your party.

Sore Losers

Over at Brown University, we had protesters destroying American flags and vandalizing property by spray painting obscenities.

Of course, dissent is patriotic. It always has been. But that dissent should always be issue-driven. Rallies in which folks are “united against Donald Trump” and demanding recounts aren’t going to advance the causes those folks supposedly hold dear.

It would also be wise to remember, however, who Donald Trump really is. He’s a deal-maker. He couldn’t have been more clear about that during the election. During the debates, he said everything is up for negotiation, just like everything he’s ever done, or will do.

Trump also knows that at its essence, American politics is a game. All politicians, not just Trump, know they cannot get everything they want. So they cut the best deals they can.

Trump The Moderate

Believe it or not, Trump was a registered Democrat from 2001 until 2009. He is far from the right wing radical that, for some reason, people have made him out to be. He’s sympathetic to gay rights. He believes in universal health care. (Senator Ted Cruz, at a debate in Houston during the Presidential Primary, accused Trump of being a socialist for harboring views that the poor should always be entitled to life-saving medical care. “Call it what you want, people are not going to be dying on the sidewalk,” Trump shot back.) The hallmark of Trump’s campaign, as I pointed out, for heaven’s sake, was antipathy to trade deals.

If the so-called progressives are smart, they’ll negotiate with the President and agree to go along with his agenda on the areas where there’s natural common ground, such as rebuilding the country’s infrastructure and revising trade deals that do not benefit the American worker, and work to minimize the policies that they cannot stomach, like his immigration policies, for instance.

That would be much more productive that rallies protesting the outcome of the election. Or, what’s worse, trying to change the rules of the game after it’s been played and stating that the election should’ve been based on popular vote instead of the electoral college system.

The electoral college should absolutely be kept in place If the electoral college didn’t exist, large cities--Los Angeles, New York, Chicago etc.,--would dominate American politics. In sum, the nation’s cities would exert their will over the nation at the expense of the rural, and even suburban parts of the country. Presidential candidates would camp out in these massive metropolitans, and ignore the rest of us. Federalism is a good thing. It’s the American way.

A Good System

Yet, we probably shouldn’t expect most of the protestors to understand these points since, according to various media reports, large swaths of them don’t vote anyhow. Roughly 60 percent of those folks arrested at one of the large protests in Oregon didn’t bother voting.

People would be wise to continue to fight for their belief, but to approach the Trump years with an open mind, and a willingness to compromise.

Then again, it’s hard to expect people who always got that trophy--even when they lost--to compromise.

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Russell J. Moore has worked on both sides of the desk in Rhode Island media, both on political campaigns and for newspapers. Send him email at The discussion never stops on twitter so follow him there @russmoore713.


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Ken McKay

Chief of staff to former Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri, McKay has woven a trail of key GOP appointments for himself that have led him to his latest position, when he was brought on board the Trump campaign in April as one of his top advisers. 

McKay was former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s chief of staff, and was the Political Director at the Republican Governors Association’s under Chris Christie’s chairmanship -- and was a key Christie consultant this presidential cycle until the the NJ Governor stepped down and threw his support behind Trump.

“McKay’s a huge asset for Trump. He’s got both the national ties, and he’s got the inside the beltway relationships that Trump doesn’t have,” said Rhode Island political operative Jeff Britt. “McKay’s well liked and well-respected in a way that Trump isn’t, and I think that will have an effect.”

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Jim Murphy

A recent shake up in the Trump campaign has been the hiring of veteran operative Jim Murphy as its political director — who had served as advisor to former Rhode Island House Minority leader Brad Gorham when he ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 1990.  

Murphy has worked with other presidential candidates including Bob Dole and Mitt Romney, and is the former president of the Republican PR and lobby shop DCI Group.

Gorham's son Nick, who is a former state representative, remembers Murphy’s involvement in the race. Brad Gorham passed away in 2015. 

"Jim Murphy was a nice guy who helped my dad, but it was a tough year for Republicans, which is non unusual for RI," said Gorham.  

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Paul Manafort

Trump's now top campaign strategist has GOP ties to Rhode Island, having been a top campaign aide for former Rhode Island Governor Ed DiPrete in the 1980s.

Politico mentioned Manafort's DiPrete connection when he joined forces with the presumptive GOP nominee in April; Manafort's presence on the national stage has been well documented.

"For Trump, who has cast himself as an outsider to the Republican Party firmament, there could hardly be a less outsider-y pick than his new hire. Manafort was uniquely predisposed to become an insider in Republican politics: His father, for whom he was named, served as mayor for three terms in New Britain, Conn. When the elder Paul Manafort died in 2013, his obituary noted that he had served as a delegate or alternate delegate at past Republican national conventions," wrote Rebecca Berg for

Another DiPrete operative — Marc Palazzo — had been named in the press as having had recent conversations with Manafort, but Palazzo told GoLocal he is not involved with the campaign in any capacity.


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