In the New York Times, Mark Lilla identifies Hillary Clinton’s outreach to people of color as triggering the backlash that caused Donald Trump to be elected:

But when it came to life at home, she tended on the campaign trail to lose that large vision and slip into the rhetoric of diversity, calling out explicitly to African-American, Latino, L.G.B.T. and women voters at every stop. This was a strategic mistake. If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention all of them. If you don’t, those left out will notice and feel excluded. Which, as the data show, was exactly what happened with the white working class and those with strong religious convictions.

Basically, the same thing I wrote about a week ago. Trump’s victory wasn’t really about racism in the burning-cross-on-a-lawn sense; yes, the neo-Nazis loved him, but they’re pretty insignificant in number. Rather, Trump was about the racism of white fragility, white identity, and perceived racial grievances.

But Lilla’s conclusion is that Democrats should ditch talk of diversity so that they can once again be “a unifying force capable of governing”. As Damon Young points out, what Lilla is really saying is that Democrats need to throw people of color and LGBT folks under the bus so that they can once again unify straight white people and get elected to govern. In other words, he wants Democrats to be more like Republicans; to appeal to a mythical past where we didn’t have to talk about minorities (i.e. be “politically correct”) but could instead enjoy a broad white consensus.

Lilla continues:

A post-identity liberal press would begin educating itself about parts of the country that have been ignored, and about what matters there, especially religion.

Oh, sure, because there haven’t been any articles in the liberal press about Trump’s America, right? Whereas right wing outlets have spent so much time trying to understand the left…

I counterpropose that maybe people in the rural bubble should get outside and educate themselves about the rest of the world, or at least the rest of America. Meanwhile, I think what liberals need to do is to tackle white fragility and explain why (for example) “Black Lives Matter” does not mean “White Lives Don’t Matter”.

Yes, such moves will have a cost, as The New Republic’s Lovia Gyarkye points out, but we need to talk honestly to Trump voters, not pander to them.

Reveal podcast recently ran a show on the secret Trump voter. One of the Trump voters they talked to was Richard Spencer, white nationalist. Spencer invented the term “alt right” for his political movement, which calls for a racially pure post-American nation state. He talks in his interview of the importance of white identity — which, along with a belief that whites are treated unfairly, is a powerful predictor of Trump support.

Stephen Bannon has proudly declared that Breitbart is the platform of the alt right. Bannon has now been appointed as chief strategist and senior counselor in the Trump White House. The Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party are delighted by Bannon’s appointment. The KKK is planning a victory parade in December.

Those old-style racists are just a small part of Trump’s following, though. It wasn’t all about straightforward Klan-style racism. There were a number of other issues that doomed Hillary Clinton. Of course, the NRA turned out its roster of single-issue voters to support Trump, but that was a given. I want to consider the other things various people have claimed the election was about.

One thing the Trump victory wasn’t about, in the end, was education. The myth of the dumb Trump voter is just that — a myth. When you control for racial resentment and immigrant resentment, less educated white voters are no more likely to support Trump. If you didn’t see any educated Trump voters, that’s because they kept really, really quiet about it — until the election.

Trump’s victory wasn’t about religion either. Yes, white Catholics overwhelmingly supported Trump — but among Hispanic Catholics, the surge towards Clinton was just as strong. The same pattern held in other Christian groups. (Muslims, of course, were really strongly anti-Trump, but there weren’t enough of them to make a big difference to the result.)

I thought Hillary Clinton’s position on free trade, NAFTA and TPP would hurt her, but that probably wasn’t an issue either. The white working class has steadily drifted towards the Republicans for decades, even as that party has championed free trade and globalization and cosied up to Wall Street. In fact, one of the problems vexing the Republican party is that its voters did a sudden 180 on free trade as soon as they decided they liked Trump.

So was there any economic issue motivating Trump voters? In a national survey carried out by YouGov, how dissatisfied people were with their economic situation did correlate strongly to Trump support — but two other things correlated just as strongly. The first of those was denying that white people have an advantage in society because of their skin color.

If you spend any time discussing race on the Internet — and I do — you quickly find the same grievances coming up time and time again: “affirmative action” and “reverse racism”. People get really angry about affirmative action, because they don’t believe the need for it is real. They reinterpret it as special advantages for others, and develop racial resentment, telling you that if you support affirmative action then you’re the racist. So assuming you want to view the whole election as an exercise in strategy, rather than truth, the Democrats made a major blunder in admitting that yes, white privilege is real.

Hillary Clinton’s second day at the Democratic convention was summarized as “Black Lives Matter”, and it infuriated the right, who insist that systemic racism “doesn’t exist in America”. This myth of postracial America is deeply ingrained in many white Americans, and they get really angry when it’s questioned — the phenomenon known as white fragility.

While he infuriated the straightforward racists during his time as President, Barack Obama seemed to manage to avoid causing too many feelings of white fragility. (It was Michelle Obama who triggered those.) Barack Obama was popular with many white people precisely because his success seemed to offer evidence that racism was dead. When Hillary Clinton said it wasn’t, they hated her for it. The only thing worse than being told that systemic white racism is still an issue, is having another white person tell you; and the only thing worse than that, is having a woman tell you.

Which brings me back to that YouGov survey. The second thing which correlated strongly to Trump support was a belief that women were trying to seize power by gaining control over men. The issue turned up repeatedly in surveys — one of the strongest predictors of Trump support was hostility to women. Many men simply don’t trust women; never have, probably never will. Obviously, there was just no way Hillary Clinton was going to win that battle.

The media certainly played a role in Clinton’s downfall. There was very little coverage of actual policy — nothing new there — but considering what little there was, they gave Trump three times as much coverage, and Clinton’s coverage was almost all about her e-mail policy. Liberals didn’t trust her on TPP and Wall Street, but that wasn’t what killed her with the ordinary white guy; Joe Biden was a supporter of TPP and the bank bailouts, yet he was really popular with the white working class.

So the Trump victory was about economics — but apparently only in as much as Trump supporters were dissatisfied with how well off they were compared to women and black people, who get unfair advantages from racist and sexist Democrats, right Trump voters?

No, Trump voters weren’t actually poor — they were better off than average — they just weren’t happy to see women and people of color starting to catch up. They wanted the racial hierarchy to be restored, they wanted to be told the reassuring myth of postracial America, and they wanted the glass ceiling to be strengthened.

So, a con artist ran on a platform of straightforward anti-immigrant racism mixed with white identity, racial resentment, and misogyny. That and some gun owner votes seem to be what helped him win. Maybe you voted for something else, but your vote said that those things were OK, that they weren’t deal-breakers. I hope you can live with that.

In part 1, I looked at quick easy activism involving donations to political organizations and charities. In this article I’ll look at something totally different — protecting your privacy.

As you might have noticed recently, senior FBI officials seem to have a pretty chummy relationship with Donald Trump. I’m betting that the FBI and NSA will do whatever mass surveillance Trump asks them to.

For his part, Trump has a history of surveillance — he used to listen in on private phone calls at his own resort. His campaign has openly stated that it’s compiling a list of enemies, and Trump loves retribution.

If you don’t think you have reason to be concerned, consider that Newt Gingrich has called for a new House Un-American Activities Committee. The original one started out as a committee to investigate Nazis and Communists, but soon became part of a system that could get you blacklisted from being able to find work for expressing what the committee considered socialist points of view.

It’s also clear that repressive governments like to restrict or spy on messaging and social apps. The USA hasn’t done so yet, but I wouldn’t put it past them.

If you’re outspoken about the Trump regime, you could end up with unwelcome attention from online trolls and hackers who will seek to dox you or access your online accounts.

So, I think it would be wise to start engaging in some proactive steps to secure your electronic communications and sanitize your social media presence. It won’t stop you from being beaten up, it isn’t guaranteed to stop you from being jailed, and it won’t keep you from being deported — but it might at least prevent preemptive arrest or blacklisting.

1. Secure your instant messages and phone calls

When it comes to phone calls and text messaging, there’s a clear winner: Signal. It’s available for both iPhone and Android, with a Chrome browser application to support desktop use.

Here’s why it’s the best choice:

  • It’s open source, and has been security audited by cryptography experts.

  • It has a clear and concise privacy policy.

  • It has already successfully withstood an attempt to subpoena user data.

  • It’s not just secure from interception — it’s also designed so that data can’t be extracted from your phone backups.

  • It’s really easy to use, just like any ordinary SMS messaging app. On Android you can even set it up to handle your SMS and MMS messages as well as encrypted ones, making it the closest thing Android has to iMessage.

  • It will let you make secure voice calls over the Internet, as well as send text messages, file attachments, links, and so on.

  • It just got a new “self-destructing message” feature, like SnapChat.

  • It’s free, has no ads, and isn’t owned by a big corporation. It’s funded by donations.

  • It doesn’t chew up your phone battery. (Or at least, it has never hurt mine.)

  • In the NSA documents Edward Snowden leaked, Signal’s encryption was explicitly identified as causing the NSA major problems.

The only downside to Signal is that not many people use it; which is why a good second choice to install is WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is the single most popular messaging app worldwide. In spite of being owned by Facebook, the makers of WhatsApp worked with the developers of Signal to incorporate the exact same battle-tested end-to-end encryption. It’s slightly less secure in some other respects, but it’s worth having and using because there’s more chance the person you want to talk to will have it. It also has encrypted voice calling and a web app for desktop use, just like Signal.

If the other person uses iOS, Apple’s iMessage is an OK option. It’s not as good as Signal — it logs and leaks metadata about who you contact, and of course it’s iOS only and nobody outside Apple has checked the encryption.

Some systems to avoid:

Google’s new Allo messenger also uses Signal’s encryption — but only if you explicitly remember to switch it on every time you start a conversation, which makes it pretty useless. I don’t recommend using Allo until they fix that problem.

BlackBerry Messenger doesn’t have end-to-end encryption, unless you’re using a BlackBerry Enterprise server. BlackBerry will happily hand over your data to law enforcement, assuming law enforcement don’t already have the decryption key.

Telegram is popular with a bunch of people, but like Allo it doesn’t encrypt everything by default. It also uses a very questionable set of homebrew encryption protocols.

Microsoft cooperated with the NSA, handing over access to all Skype communications, so avoid Skype.

Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts don’t have end-to-end encryption, and log every message. They’re the worst possible choices.

2. Encrypt your phone

There’s not much point securing your messages during transmission, if police can arrest you on a trumped-up charge and read all the messages on your phone. So, make sure your phone is encrypted.

On iPhones it’s the default these days, but it’s easy to switch on for earlier versions of iOS.

On Android, recent Nexus and Pixel phones are encrypted by default. Thanks to Qualcomm, that likely won’t stop the NSA, but it will at least prevent casual police snooping.

If you have a phone running a customized version of Android rather than standard Google Android, you might have to encrypt your phone.

Choose a secure PIN

When you encrypt your phone, you need to pick a PIN. I would suggest choosing one that’s 6 digits long. That gives you significantly better security than a 4-digit PIN, which can be brute forced pretty quickly.

Also, the pattern of greasy finger marks on your screen can provide clues to which digits are in the PIN, so it’s worth re-using at least one digit.

Beware of fingerprint unlock

Courts have ruled that police can physically force you to give your fingerprint to unlock your phone.

If you are going to a demonstration, traveling internationally, or going somewhere else where you think you might be stopped by law enforcement, you should disable the fingerprint scanner on your device.

If you’re stopped by police unexpectedly, the fastest option is to turn your phone off — that will force it to demand the full PIN when it’s powered on again.

3. Encrypt your laptop

What goes for your phone goes for your computer too.

On a Mac, use FileVault to encrypt your disk. It’s a built-in feature of macOS.

Do not enable the option to use your iCloud account to unlock your Mac. If you do, your encryption keys will be uploaded to Apple, and law enforcement can compel Apple to reveal them or hack your iCloud account to get at them. If you think you have a good chance of forgetting your Mac’s password, instead of using the iCloud back door, print out the bypass codes macOS offers to generate for you and store them away somewhere safe.

On Linux, use LUKS and dm-crypt. I won’t go into details, as (of course) it varies according to what distribution you’re using.

On Windows, it’s complicated, as there currently isn’t a clear winning choice. Microsoft’s BitLocker is OK, and has the advantage that it’s built in to Windows 7 and 10. However, ideally you’ll want to buy the full Pro or Enterprise version of Windows; the standard version of Windows bundled with PCs comes with a hobbled disk encryption system called Device Encryption, in which Microsoft keeps a copy of your encryption keys.

The main alternative to the above suggestions is VeraCrypt, which is a spinoff of the now-defunct TrueCrypt.

4. Secure your online accounts

Most of the big e-mail leaks aren’t the result of people intercepting e-mail. Instead, they’re the result of hackers breaking into people’s accounts remotely, by guessing or stealing their passwords.

To avoid having your e-mail, social media, bank or other accounts compromised by hackers, there are two main things you can do: get a password manager, and set up two factor authentication.

Get a password manager

The single best thing you can do to secure your online accounts is to get a password manager.

Passwords short enough to remember are short enough to crack. If hackers steal the password database from a web site, they can crack an 8 character password in 2.2 seconds. For proper security, your need your password to be 12 characters or more. And that’s assuming it’s a totally random set of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers.

Also, to keep your accounts safe you should never use the same password for more than one system. Otherwise, if hackers crack one account, they can use the same password to access the others.

Clearly it’s infeasible to remember dozens of 12-character random passwords, particularly not if the sites force you to change them regularly. That’s where a password manager comes in.

No password manager is perfect. If hackers install remote control malware on your PC, for example, you’re screwed no matter how supposedly secure your password manager is — they can just record what you type on the keyboard. So, it’s a matter of looking for a password manager that’s reasonably secure, and convenient enough that you’ll actually use it.

My current suggestion is LastPass. It works with Safari, Firefox and Chrome; on Windows, macOS and Linux; and on iOS and Android too. The data is encrypted on your computer before being synced to the service, so they can’t reveal your passwords even if the FBI demands that they do. Yes, some possible security holes were found in LastPass, but the company fixed them in a timely fashion.

Before I switched to LastPass, I used KeePassX, an open source password manager, with KeePassDroid on my phone. KeePass is more secure against browser-based attacks, but it has no built-in synchronization; instead, it’s up to you to synchronize your password database using Google Drive, SyncThing, Dropbox, or whatever.

1Password is supposed to be good, but it’s useless to me because it has no Linux support. The same goes for Dashlane.

Get 2FA

Two factor authentication (2FA) means that as well as a login and password, you need a second independent thing before you can log in. Generally, that thing is your smartphone.

There are three main ways of doing 2FA. The first is to send you a text message with a code that you have to enter when logging in. The assumption is that a hacker won’t have access to your phone to get the text message.

This SMS-based approach is generally discouraged as insecure. In practice, hackers can redirect your text messages. Also, if you’re traveling somewhere, you might not even be able to receive your texts in a timely fashion.

The better way to do 2FA is to have an application which generates code numbers that change every minute or two. The sequence is predetermined, and each code only works once. So when you log in, you are asked to run the app on your phone, look at the appropriate number, and type that number in on the login form.

The standard system for this is called TOTP, Time-based One Time Password. It’s an Internet standard, which means there are many options for which app to use. One popular one is Google Authenticator; another is Authy. An open source option for Android is FreeOTP.

I used to use Google Authenticator, then switched to FreeOTP, but now I’m using LastPass’s new 2FA application, LastPass Authenticator. This new app offers a third style of 2FA: When I log on to LastPass from my browser, I get a push notification to my phone to say that someone is trying to log in to my account. If I’m expecting the notification because that person is me, I just tap the “Accept” button and I’m logged in. No code numbers required.

For systems which don’t support LastPass push-login directly, the app falls back to the normal 6-digit TOTP codes.

This probably all sounds a bit complicated, but if you know me I’d be happy to show you how it works and help you get it set up.

Finally, when you set up 2FA, you’ll get given some emergency bypass codes to use if you lose your phone or forget your password or whatever. Print those out on paper and stash them somewhere secure.

5. Secure your email?

Now for some bad news: There’s no good option for securing your e-mail against the NSA.

OpenPGP exists, but it’s difficult to use, and it’s very easy to make a mistake which leaves your communications insecure.

The other main encryption standard is S/MIME. That’s supported by Apple Mail, for example. Apple Mail makes S/MIME easier to use than PGP, but there are other problems which still apply.

The first problem is that anyone who doesn’t have the right software, or doesn’t know how to use it, gets a bunch of unreadable garbage in their email inbox.

The second problem is that S/MIME and PGP only protect the body of the e-mail message. All the mail headers — including the subject line — are left in plain text. That means authorities can still collect the metadata which links you to all the people you communicate with.

There are services like ProtonMail which try to make encrypted e-mail easy. However, they only keep it easy if the recipient uses the same service.

So, right now my advice is: if you want to discuss something that you wouldn’t be happy seeing splashed across the Internet, use Signal.

There is one thing you should definitely do, though: dump Yahoo. Yahoo voluntarily set up a system to let the NSA search everyone’s email for anything they wanted.

6. Clean up the cloud

If it’s on Facebook, it’s going to end up public knowledge. A couple of years ago I went through and deleted as much information as possible, including my phone number. I recommend doing the same.

Along with that, make sure you have copies of your contact list and other vital information on your own devices; don’t assume you can rely on Facebook to find out how to contact someone.

If you want to go further than that, you might want to go through the lists of data brokers and background check sites and request removal from their databases.

In general, move your data to companies that the EFF rates as more trustworthy. (Note, however, that that list hasn’t been updated since the revelations that Yahoo built in a backdoor to allow the NSA to search everyone’s email.)

So, the nightmare scenario which the polls said couldn’t happen, has happened. Not only that, Hillary Clinton left voters disinterested in even turning up to vote, so Republicans now control the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as the Presidency.

I’m not going to go into any further analysis of how this happened. Plenty of other people will be attempting that. Instead, I’m going to be posting a series of articles about positive things you can do if you’re unhappy about the result.

This is part 1: quick easy stuff.

1. Join the ACLU

Trump has proposed many actions which are blatant violations of the Constitution. If he tries to take action on any of them, our first line of defense is likely to be the American Civil Liberties Union. I joined when I moved to the US in 1997, and I recommend that you join now if you haven’t already.

2. Join Amnesty International

Trump has promised to bring back torture. He’s considering one of the architects of the Bush torture program to head the CIA. It’s a safe bet that Guantánamo Bay will be reopened for new residents. Join Amnesty International and get ready to write some letters.

3. Donate to Planned Parenthood

When Republicans demolish the Affordable Care Act, women will lose the corresponding birth control benefits, or lose their insurance entirely. Since Republicans control the House and Senate as well as the Presidency, they’ll probably be successful at totally de-funding Planned Parenthood, further reducing access to contraception. So, expect the downward trend on abortions to flatten out, or even reverse.

A change like that will give Republicans the excuse for further restrictions on abortion, or to overturn Roe vs Wade and make it entirely illegal. That, in turn, will mean a return to the days of women in poverty getting backstreet abortions because they can’t get proper medical care. So, maybe donate to Planned Parenthood now.

4. Join the EFF

While the ACLU focuses on the entire Bill of Rights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is specifically focused on digital rights. Trump has said he wants to increase surveillance and metadata collection, particularly if you’re a Muslim.

So, consider joining the EFF. Even if you don’t join, check out their Surveillance Self Defense project.

5. Pay for some journalism

The media may have helped create Trump, but if we’d been relying on him releasing his tax returns for information we’d never have learned what we did actually find out. One he gets into power, it’s going to be even more important to have media outlets that challenge him and pay for investigative journalism. So, consider a subscription to one or more reputable media outlets.

Personally I find all US TV news to be garbage, whether it’s Fox, CNN or MSNBC, so I have no suggestions there.

For print and online journalism, I’d suggest maybe subscribing to Mother Jones, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic or The Guardian, all of which I’ve found worth paying for at various times.

For radio or audio, you could donate to This American Life, ProPublica, Planet Money, or your local PBS station.

6. Donate to your local food bank

One reason why people get angry enough to vote for Trump is that there are people short of cash for food; food insecurity rates and poverty rates still haven’t recovered from the great recession. So, consider donating to your local food bank.

7. Other places to donate

There’s an upcoming runoff election in Louisiana. If Democrat Foster Campbell can win, he will help check Republican power in the Senate. You could consider donating to his campaign.

There are many other places you could usefully donate money; here’s one list, or read on for some organizations defending specific constituencies feeling threatened by Trump.

The National Resources Defense Council started as a kind of citizen-led EPA, but have now expanded to global reach. (If you do a quick Google search for the NRDC you’ll probably see an ad from a Canadian logging company that really hates them. Said company seems to be guilty of backing out on environmental agreements, carrying out SLAPP lawsuits, and raiding their employees’ pension funds. Sounds like an endorsement to me.)

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will be busy if Trump starts carrying out his post-election promise to deport 2-3 million people.

The International Refugee Assistance Project is fairly new, and not yet rated by the various charity rating sites. It focuses specifically on providing assistance and preserving rights for refugees in the USA. For more general assistance to refugees, there’s the American Refugee Committee.

Muslim Legal Fund of America (based in Texas!) are also not rated yet, but their job is to fight for the legal rights of Muslims in the USA.

Lambda Legal support the legal rights of LGBT people. Remember, the new Vice President has quite a history in that area; while Trump may think gay marriage is here to stay, it remains to be seen whether Republicans think Trump is here to stay.

For months, Donald Trump has been telling everyone that the election might be illegitimate, that it’s rigged, and that there is widespread fraud. He has said that the electoral college is a disaster, that the winner of the popular vote should be President.

Liberals said this talk was dangerous. They said that it was undermining confidence in the democratic process. They warned that it could lead to violence. Experts agreed, and election officials predicted violence.

Trump and his supporters didn’t care. In fact, they openly threatened violence. Trump said it was a problem that nobody wanted to hurt anybody anymore, and he offered to pay legal fees for people charged with assault. He called for voter intimidation on election day, and said he’d like to punch protesters in the face. Republicans said blood may be shed come election day, that there could be an “American Spring”. Trump supporters called for armed insurrection, mobs with pitchforks and torches, said they’d grab their muskets, said there would be mass marches on Washington DC, predicted a bloodbath.

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Trump didn’t condemn any of it; he even hinted that perhaps some “second amendment people” might do something if the election result wasn’t to their liking.

Liberals condemned talk that questioned the legitimacy of the election. They said that calls for violence after the election were unacceptable and destabilizing, that we should unite to ensure that the election was a peaceful event.

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You didn’t listen. You supported Trump. When he said he might not accept the result of the election, when he condoned violence and said the election wasn’t legitimate, you voted for him.

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Yet now that Trump has won the election and people have decided that the election isn’t legitimate and that they should respond with violence, you clutch your pearls and feign shock. Well, aren’t you quite the two-faced hypocrite?

Oh, I know what you’re thinking. “Those liberals — they were only pretending to be against violence because they thought Hillary would win.” Well, no, even after the election Democrats have been calling for peaceful transfer of power. As Hillary Clinton put it:

…peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart. It’s how we hold our country together no matter who is in charge.

Note that — no matter who is in charge. And yes, she called for peaceful transfer of power after the election too.

I believe that rioting is wrong. I’ve always believed that, whether I was protesting the UK Poll Tax or the US invasion of Iraq. Unlike Trump, I believe in the legitimacy of the democratic process.

I’m not even a Hillary supporter — during the primaries I was describing her as the worst possible candidate, a living embodiment of neoliberalism and the political establishment, everything that people hate. I’m not a Democrat either — I voted for people from every party on my ballot, including some Republicans.

What I believe in is democracy. So while you were sitting on your fat ass watching Fox News, I was working a 16 hour day at the polls. I took a vacation day to do so, because I wanted to make sure I had done absolutely everything in my power to ensure that the election was carried out in a fair and democratic manner. Nobody was to be threatened or intimidated, nobody was to be unfairly influenced. (I even taped over the Bernie sticker on my car.) I ran around checking IDs, filling out paperwork, and doing my best to follow election law to the letter — even when that meant turning people away or telling them they had to go get a particular form of ID. As the first election results were coming in, I was sitting in a car in the pouring rain waiting to deliver a sealed voting machine full of fairly-collected ballots.

As far as I know, there was no significant electoral fraud — just a couple of isolated incidents. In fact, as far as I know the evidence suggests that there has never been any significant amount of in-person electoral fraud in recent decades.

So yes, Donald Trump won the election, fair and square.

I also disagree with people who want to petition the electoral college voters to ignore the public vote and refuse to elect Trump. Even if the Founding Fathers intended the electoral college to block totally unsuitable Presidents, that’s not how the system has worked in the last hundred years, and attempting to subvert the electoral process through the electoral college will just make things worse and lead to even more violence.

But it shouldn’t surprise anyone that some Clinton supporters are now agreeing with Trump that the election must have been rigged because they don’t like the result. That’s why some of those people are rioting, and that’s why Trump shouldn’t have casually claimed that the election was going to be rigged.

So that’s my position. Which means no, you don’t get to lecture me on the sanctity of the democratic process. I actually support the democratic process, and voted for someone who has consistently spoken out against post-election protests and riots. You, on the other hand, voted for a candidate who said the election wasn’t legitimate and that violence was an acceptable response. Well, here’s your violence, now you get to shut the fuck up and enjoy it. And then, perhaps, you can apologize.