For months leading up to election day, mainstream media pundits felt assured of victory of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. As those expectations of victory slowly waned on election night, some in the Democratic media could not contain their emotions.
Several reports have noted that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was visibly shaken up as state after state began to tilt in favor of now President-elect Trump.
“You’re awake by the way. You’re not having a terrible, terrible dream. Also, you’re not dead and you haven’t gone to hell,” Maddow said. Take a good look at her face:
Maddow was especially critical of third-party voters.
“People go into this eyes wide-open,” she said. “If you vote for somebody who can’t win for president, it means that you don’t care who wins for president.” Her comments dismiss the views of concerns of some voters regarding the ethical and moral actions of both candidates.
Maddow was among many in the mainstream media who have been clearly shocked by the outcome. For nearly two years now, they have been confident that Clinton would be the next president. They have been saying as much the entire time, even going so far as to share debate questions with the Clinton campaign, write favorable stories and even collaborate with the Clinton campaign on anti-Trump stories. Now that their candidate has lost, they do not seem to know what to do. They are sad, and they are confused.
No doubt the media’s role in this contentious election season fueled the flames of student protestors this week. Thankfully, Maddow is calling for peace. She said on Wednesday that voters who feel disenfranchised or threatened by Trump’s victory have the duty and responsibility to speak out through participation in civic groups.