The Five Stages of Trump Grief Syndrome

It’s too soon, too soon.

At Harvard University, Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff faced their counterparts with President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, and it didn’t go well.

“If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician, I am proud to have lost,” [Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri] said. “I would rather lose than win the way you guys did.”

Wow. This coming from a the campaign of a woman who only avoided being under actual indictment because the FBI Director concluded that no prosecutor would have proceeded with the case despite clear evidence of lawbreaking (a dubitable argument to be sure).

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook also acknowledged that her operation had made a number of mistakes and miscalculations, while being buffeted by what he repeatedly described as a “head wind” of being an establishment candidate in a season where voters were eager for change.

David Bossie, Kellyanne Conway’s deputy replied, “You call it ‘head winds,’ I call it self-inflicted wounds.”

The Clinton campaign, and by extension, her supporters, are caught in the anger stage of the five stages of grief. First was denial; now that the numbness has worn off, and the likelihood of faithless electors, recounts or other rarities changing the outcome has faded to near-zero, they are experiencing anger.

To the Clinton supporters, this should not have happened. Clinton could not be the one to blame, therefore anger at America, the hicks in the sticks between the two coasts, must be the answer.

Trump, who has been chomping at the bit since November 9 to rub it in, has begun his victory tour in Cincinnati, Ohio while his team (minus Stephen Bannon, of course) sat in a room with their dour and angry opposites.

Both candidates had much to be desired which was not present in character, history or inclination. Trump simply connected better with more voters in states where Hillary had to win. That’s it. It’s that simple.

“I would just say, Hillary did win the popular vote,” Mook said. At latest count, Clinton led by nearly 2.5 million votes, according to the Associated Press.

That provoked sighs and anger from the six Trump aides seated across from the six Clinton aides in a crowded conference room at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

“Oh, God, you guys,” said David Bossie, a Trump deputy campaign manager.

“Hey guys, we won -– there’s no need to respond,” Conway said. “He was the better candidate -– he won.”

Countered Clinton pollster Joel Benenson: “Two-and-a-half million Americans thought she was the better candidate.”

It wouldn’t matter if Clinton won by 10 million votes, or won 99 percent to 1 percent in California, New York, Oregon, Washington, and New Jersey (she did in fact win with better than 90 percent in Washington, D.C.). Because electoral votes is what matters, and Clinton knew this as well as anyone. Her “blue wall” did not hold at all–it crumbled where she needed it to stand.

To say that “two-and-a-half million Americans thought she was the better candidate” is weak tea. Very weak. But it underscores the task Trump has before him.

There are still two more phases of Trump grief syndrome left before a large number of Americans gets to “acceptance.” Let’s hope that Trump can MAGA fast enough, or it’s going to be a very long and depressing four years of national therapy for liberals.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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