In the days after the election of billionaire businessman and Washington outsider Donald Trump, politicians and pundits, commentators and news anchors conducted public “post-mortems” on the air and in print trying to make sense of what to them was the inconceivable.

A victory by Trump was outside the realm of possibility – as was universally agreed upon by Democrats and the liberal media, so to some extent, they can be forgiven their collective shock at learning that not everyone in the United States agrees with them.

Mocked and ridiculed by mainstream media, the entrenched power-elite in Washington and the hosts of late night talk shows, news “comedy” programs and Saturday Night Live skits, Trump somehow prevailed.

None of the taunts, none of the parodies made a difference – on January 20, 2017, it will be President-elect Trump, not Hillary Clinton, standing on the steps of the Capitol taking the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States.

Political veterans also dismissed a Trump win – with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) promising that he would “never” be elected when she appeared at rallies on behalf of Clinton.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who challenged Clinton in the primaries, echoed that sentiment, saying repeatedly, “Donald Trump is not going to become president of the United States,” as did former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Pollsters disagreed among themselves only with respect to the measure of the landslide Clinton would win.

But today, with Trump meeting President Obama in the Oval Office to discuss the transition between the administrations that will take place in January following the inauguration, Democrats are asking themselves and each other, “How were we so wrong?”

For some, their reputation took a hit, for others, the Trump win is a personal, even physical shock.

Amid the reassessment of strategy, advertising, prioritizing, travel, messaging that will occupy the Democrats for some time in the future, they might also look to a simpler explanation.

As it turns out, living in the echo chambers and soft cocoons of one-sided media, dismissing opposing opinion held by those you consider beneath you are no substitute for civil discourse.

How did they all “get” it so wrong? Simple – they weren’t listening.

 

 

 

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