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Donald Trump wasn’t supposed to win on Nov. 8.

Hillary Clinton’s victory was all but assured, according to the entertainers, media pundits and politicos. Yes, Trump had support from certain groups, but there was no way that he actually had a shot at the White House, right? The political commentators were wrong, and Trump’s victory last week came as a total shock to America’s commentariat.

Now, after a few days of rooting around, some in media and entertainment have turned from surprise into anger, which they’re now directing at voters, especially white women.

Conspicuously absent from these angry denunciations are mentions of the fact that the Democratic Party contributed to its own loss by nominating a deeply flawed and unlikable candidate. The media’s criticism of voters also ignores a very obvious dilemma, namely, that the latter ignored the former for pretty much the entire election.

On Wednesday, for example, former MSNBC host and senior Clinton advisor Karen Finney accused so-called “Bernie Bros,” male supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., of supposedly silencing young women.

“Electing the first woman president was always going to be tough,” Finney said in a CNN interview as she offered an explanation for Clinton’s stunning defeat.

“Some of my colleagues won’t like this, but I think even in the primary, some of what we saw with the Bernie Bros had a real chilling effect on a lot of women, and young women in particular,” she added. “We learned about during the primary, there were a number of these secret Facebook groups of young progressive women who were supporting Hillary, but frankly they didn’t want to deal with the backlash online from some of the Bernie Bros.”

At Complex Magazine, writer Trace William Cowen attributed Clinton’s loss to several factors, including the FBI, Russian hackers and, of course, white voters.

“I’m a white man. Even at my lowest moments as a human being, even when life barely seems worth it, I still have it much easier than my fellow Americans of color. This is a flaw in the very idea of ‘America’ that extends back as far as the very founding of this nation. When I picture the average Trump supporter from, say, Alabama, I imagine the guy with a What Would Jesus Do bracelet on who screamed ‘f*ggot!’ at me the first time I painted my nails. I imagine the cop who literally accused me of hiding a dead body in my car because I ‘looked high.’ I imagine hateful white people, emboldened like no other time in American history by a campaign of division,” he wrote.

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The New York Daily News’ Leonard Greene modified this approach slightly, penning an article after the election targeting white women specifically.

“[I]f you’re looking for someone to hold responsible for the unimaginable morning-after mushroom cloud we woke up to after Election Day, well, you could start with women. White women,” he wrote. “Glass ceiling, my a—.”

TBS host and news commentary comedienne Samantha Bee took the same tack, and she reamed out white voters, particularly women, for supporting Trump.

“In the coming days, people will be looking for someone to blame: the pollsters, the strident feminists, the Democratic party, a vengeful god. But once you dust for fingerprints, it’s pretty clear who ruined America: white people,” she said. “And a majority of white women, faced with the historic choice between the first female president and a vial of weaponized testosterone said, ‘I’ll take option B. I just don’t like her.’ Hope you got your sticker, ladies. Way to lean out.”

CNN and Mic meanwhile blamed third party voters who went for either Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

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Slate’s Jamelle Bouie, who is particularly unhappy about the outcome of the election, penned a rather lengthy exposé arguing that voters are not only to blame for Trump, but that they also are simply not good people.

“Millions of Americans are justifiably afraid of what they’ll face under a Trump administration. If any group demands our support and sympathy, it’s these people, not the Americans who backed Trump and his threat of state-sanctioned violence against Hispanic immigrants and Muslim Americans,” he wrote in an op-ed titled “There’s No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter.”

“All the solicitude, outrage, and moral telepathy being deployed in defense of Trump supporters—who voted for a racist who promised racist outcomes—is perverse, bordering on abhorrent,” he added. “Whether Trump’s election reveals an ‘inherent malice’ in his voters is irrelevant.”

Bouie, who had written an article during the GOP primary titled “Donald Trump is actually a moderate Republican,” stressed that the economic frustrations and anxieties of the white working-class and rural voters who supported the GOP candidate are nothing compared to the fear that minority groups face regularly. He argued further that the press’ attempts to understand Trump’s base were outright immoral, considering the other groups supposedly endangered by his candidacy.

“If you voted for Trump, you voted for this, regardless of what you believe about the groups in question. That you have black friends or Latino colleagues, that you think yourself to be tolerant and decent, doesn’t change the fact that you voted for racist policy that may affect, change, or harm their lives. And on that score, your frustration at being labeled a racist doesn’t justify or mitigate the moral weight of your political choice,” Bouie wrote.

He added, “To insist Trump’s backers are good people is to treat their inner lives with more weight than the actual lives on the line under a Trump administration. At best, it’s myopic and solipsistic. At worst, it’s morally grotesque.”

Criticizing voters post-Nov. 8 is an interesting strategy. It’s likely to achieve nothing, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

First, media’s anti-Trump warning fell on deaf ears all election cycle. Voters dismissed hundreds of negative Trump reports and op-eds, and the candidate’s own bombastic implosions. They chose to support him even in the face of an avalanche of bad press. Perhaps for those who find Trump an unfit candidate to lead the nation, and would like to correct what they say is a major and dangerous mistake, an honest and convincing attempt at persuasion would go further.

It seems unlikely that adding “Scold The Voters” to the regular rotation of anti-Trump stories will prove a useful strategy going forward.

Second, conspicuously absent from the various denunciations of voters is any sort of reflection on the fact that the Democrats put up a deeply unpopular candidate. Clinton came to the party’s convention in Philadelphia this year with poor approval numbers and a lot of baggage. Things didn’t improve as Election Day drew near.

In fact, in the days leading right up to the election, 62 percent of likely voters said they thought Clinton was untrustworthy and dishonest. She also had a 55.4 percent unfavorable rating, and lagged 10 points behind Trump with voters who said they were “very enthusiastic” about their candidate. What did her in is that, among those who disliked both candidates, Trump won nearly two-to-one.

If media are going to point fingers, maybe they should consider the person who lost the election to a former reality television host. Maybe direct some of the blame at the candidate whose campaign made the conscious decision to ignore the millions of white working-class and rural voters who went on to vote for Trump, and who didn’t even visit Wisconsin after its April primary was over.

Doubling-down on more of the same seems like an extremely unwise route for media that have lost so much credibility this year. Ignoring the weaknesses of the losing candidate, while turning out more of the same anti-Trump stories, now with the added bonus of voter-scolding, seems only to contribute to more of the formula that brought about Trump’s electoral success.

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