Are #NeverTrump-ers to blame for a potential Hillary victory?

8 November 2016   
Are #NeverTrump-ers to blame for a potential Hillary victory?

Today’s the big day. With one of the most wild, sensational, media-grabbing election seasons almost behind us, the race appears to be closer today than it has been at any point in the process. Nate Silver, a leading statistician, has claimed that pundits dismissing Trump’s chances at securing the White House are misinformed and blatantly ignoring the polls. Vox published a report this weekend explaining a very plausible scenario for Trump to win the necessary 270 electoral votes. Both candidates spent all day yesterday campaigning in crucial swing states that could very easily dictate the final outcome tonight, indicating that both campaigns understand just how close this election really is.

Pundits have already begun to blame various groups for the potential victory of the other side. Democratic leaders have made claims that the failure of Democrats to turn out to the polls under the premise that Hillary was a shoe-in would be to blame for a Trump victory. Sean Hannity, on the other hand, has a very specific group to blame for a potential Hillary victory.

Hannity has been an adamant, vocal Trump supporter from the very beginning, pitting himself against many of his fellow Fox reporters and positioning himself along the newly emerged neo-Fascist wing of the Republican Party. He has taken issue with Establishment Republicans set upon not backing the Party’s candidate, claiming that they are doing a tremendous disservice to Republicans in all offices and bolstering Democratic strength. Last night, he claimed that the #NeverTrump movement would be the leading culprit in a Hillary victory and would be directly responsible for the policies she put forward from the White House.

“You can decide tomorrow to save America from the declining state it is in and stop this downward spiral. That’s what this election is about. Tomorrow night, if Hillary Clinton is elected, those who didn’t support Donald Trump, voted for Hillary, or #NeverTrump-er, I’m telling you right now: You own her Supreme Court, you own her unvetted refugees, you own her tax increases, you own her open borders, you own Obamacare, you own her energy independence. You will own it.”

He certainly did not mince his words. He referred to Hillary as the most corrupt politician to ever run for the presidency and lamented against those who refused to support Trump in the harshest of terms.

However, his analysis of who might be responsible for a Hillary victory is certainly oversimplified and misleading. Perhaps the candidate who has done nearly everything in his capacity to alienate minority voters and paint a deceptive picture of a decrepit America is to blame for his own defeat. Surely Hillary is not the ideal candidate, given her track record of lying and corruption within the State Department, however to blame voters disenchanted with Trump’s message for his own defeat is to say that Trump is a better candidate, when that is hardly defensible.

Do you think #NeverTrump-ers are to blame for a potential Clinton victory?