Two weeks after Donald Trump won the presidential race, some people are still debating why Hillary Clinton lost, and some answers may be found in the newspapers and a new poll from Rasmussen Reports that shows how out-of-touch Clinton’s party seems to have been on one major subject, immigration reform.
Fox News is reporting that the New York Times’ public editor revealed that the newspaper had received five times the normal number of complaints over its 2016 presidential coverage. Readers reportedly claimed the newspaper’s coverage was biased in favor of Clinton, to the detriment of both Trump and Clinton’s primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Autumn revelations about how Democratic National Committee officials allegedly helped Clinton at Sanders’ expense only worsened the public perception that the system was “rigged.”
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But did the public react as much to what it believed was press bias as they apparently did to reports of a stacked deck for Hillary?
While pundits are busy trying to figure that one out, there’s something new in the conversation, and it comes in the form of a Rasmussen survey that said Monday 81 percent of likely voters “favor a plan that calls for mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a felony in this country.”
Sixty-five percent support a mandatory five-year prison sentence for illegals convicted of major felonies if they return to this country after deportation. This is something of a lingering effect of the battle over “Kate’s Law,” named for Kate Steinle, who was murdered on a pier in San Francisco, allegedly by a man who had been deported several times. The gun used in that slaying had been apparently lost or stolen from a federal officer. The legislation, Rasmussen noted, was blocked by Senate Democrats.
That comes on the heels of a Seattle Times story detailing the worries of liberal Democrat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine. They’re both fearful that the incoming Trump administration is going to cut off federal funding, and that concern might have something to do with their vow to retain “sanctuary” status in the city and county. Indeed, they literally flaunted the sentiment.
Clinton may have gotten the popular vote, but Trump grabbed the lead in Electoral College votes early on Election Day and never really looked back. When he won Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, it essentially sealed Clinton’s loss. She could not even speak to supporters on election night, instead sending close advisor John Podesta as a surrogate.
All of these factors may have contributed to the Trump victory, on top of which American gun owners appear to have carried the day in important states.
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