In an interview with Texas Monthly, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said that he wasn’t surprised that Donald Trump won the election because the media and the Clinton campaign were tone “tone deaf” when it came to gauging Trump’s appeal to voters:
“I said right from the beginning, when Trump got in the race, ‘Don’t underestimate him.’ I knew that some of the things he said during the election—many of them outrageous, repulsive things—would resonate with a lot of people. I thought he could win right up to the moment he did, because he had a path. He played to people’s fear, resentment, and, yes, some racial prejudices, and that was the path that he tread. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign was basically tone-deaf about how this was resonating, and unfortunately, many in the press were tone-deaf as well.”
Rather said he was “bemused” at the idea that people thought Clinton might actually carry Texas—a deep red state—at one point during the campaign. He cited her lack of strength, which he said is a necessary ingredient to win in Texas.
While I don’t totally agree with everything Rather said in the interview, he is correct when he says that the media and the Clinton campaign were tone-deaf. They were so arrogant and overconfident that they ignored the signs of just how popular Donald Trump’s message was, and how much it would appeal to their blue-collar base after eight years of Obama.
An election that that was supposed to be a landslide win for Hillary instead turned into one of the most shocking and humiliating outcomes in recent presidential history, decimating the Democratic Party and leaving what was left of the liberal media’s credibility in tatters.