San Francisco, United States - November 11, 2016: Thousands of people gathered at Powell and Market Street and then marched past City Hall to protest Donald Trump's election to the presidency.

Identity Politics: Democrats Did Not Learn the Lessons of 2016

Do you know why Democrats lost big in November?

Besides the fact that Hillary Clinton was a horrendous candidate, I mean.

Identity politics.

Hillary Clinton was owed the presidency, because she was a woman.

Likewise, before her, Barack Obama was owed the presidency because of the color of his skin.

These were the things that were wielded as weapons against the American people for the past 8 years.

Hillary Clinton couldn’t be a qualified, competent candidate, who just happened to be a woman, the same as Obama couldn’t be a qualified, competent candidate who just happened to be biracial.
No, for Democrats, they put all their chips on making straight, white males out to be the Great Oppressors. And if those straight, white males were also Christian?


After eight years of a president setting neighbor against neighbor, based on skin color or religion, crafting a narrative of rogue police officers, out to destroy minorities, America used this past election to push back.

So sick and tired of being lectured to and demoralized were the citizens, that they were willing to elect a caricature of who the Obama administration made them out to be.

When Hillary Clinton promised more of the same (Don’t you just want a woman president?), it became clear that Democrats underestimated the anger of the nation.

And they still don’t get it.

At a recent Democrat forum to focus on race relations, candidates for the Democratic National Committee chair showed just how clueless they are, as it relates to their trouncing in November.

The forum, hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, included favorite Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; former Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Democratic strategist Jehmu Greene; South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg; New Hampshire Party Chairman Ray Buckley; and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison — all seeking to take over the top DNC post.

“First of all, the DNC has to acknowledge and respect that Black Lives Matter are responding to urgent social and justice problems in our country,” Ellison said. “What I would say the DNC needs to do is to offer itself, reform and make itself into the kind of place that Black Lives Matter feels it can channel its electoral energy.”

Black Lives Matter.

Electoral energy.

Let’s refer back to my previous reference to Democrats using identity politics and using race to beat people over the head.

Black Lives Matter are the absolute last group Democrats should be hanging their hopes on.

Still, if you don’t think the pandering could get worse, Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho Democrat Party executive director went pander super-nova.

“My job is to listen and be a voice, and my job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. My job is to shut other white people down when they want to say ‘Oh no I’m not prejudiced, I’m a Democrat, I’m accepting,’” she said.

“My job is to make sure that they get that they have privilege and until we shut our mouths and we listen to those people who don’t and we lift our people up so that we all have equity in this country … we’re not going to break through this,” she said.

“This is not just rhetoric,” Boynton Brown said. “This is a matter of life and death.”

Speak for yourself.

You may feel that’s your job. That being said, it’s nobody’s job to listen. You’re imposing your own bias and internal struggle with your life situation on others.

People don’t like that.

Most people are basically good and they want the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.

In the world of Democrats, there are three groups of people: The victim class (women, minorities, LGBT groups, non-Christians), the victimizers (white, heterosexual, Christian males or pro-life females), and the benevolent overseers, tasked with doling out protection and entitlement programs to even the score (Democrats).

That way of thinking has served Democrats in the past, but we’re in a different world now and the shtick has worn thin.

We’re tired.

Brown went on to double down on the self-loathing, with an added jab at her home state:

“I’m from Idaho, we are so white, so white, right? I have been reaching out and trying to connect to anybody of color I can find to be honest with me,” she said.

“I need schoolin’ … And I depend on you … to do that so I can go school the other white people.”

Woman, do you hear yourself?

That’s insulting on such a level that it defies terms.

And this is why Democrats will keep losing. They did not learn the lessons from 2016.

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Susan Wright

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