It’s Happening Again. Something Awful Is Being Blamed On The 2016 Election.

Kevin Gosztola
3 min readSep 2, 2021

You are reading this because once again a group of Democrats in the political and media establishment are blaming prominent people and their advocacy during the 2016 presidential election for a horrible development.

It does not matter that these individuals had nothing to do with what is upsetting the population. Nor does it matter that these individuals were not the elected representatives or appointed judges responsible. In fact, it is possible these individuals warned such a terrible turn of events could happen and called for action, but their calls were forgotten.

I bet you feel compelled to call out those in this crowd and show them links to information that prove they are wrong. Like, for example, this article from POLITICO that documents how Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had a plan to “pump” Donald Trump up. “We don’t want to marginalize the more extreme candidates, but make them more ‘Pied Piper’ candidates, who actually represent the mainstream of the Republican Party,” read their memo.

“We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to [take] them seriously.”

But remember it is not the first time this group has turned to this tactic. You might as well be telling a Flat Earther there is no ice wall.

Given all the catastrophes, poverty, suffering, and turmoil, it is astounding that they respond to another bleak example of America’s decline in this manner. You can only presume at this point that they want to whip people into a frenzy on both sides of the argument. They ache for users, known and unknown, who will go to battle on the internet so they can avoid a more difficult and valuable conversation that implicates them. It’s their desperate way of trying to maintain their relevancy.

If people are arguing over whether the 2016 election, or even the 2000 election, is responsible for what is happening in the current year, then they are effectively divided. It ensures voices do not unify around some call to action that could produce a material outcome that would benefit us all, something they oppose cause real change typically requires confrontation.

This gaggle of influencers cannot risk losing their status or access to the halls of power by having some moment of introspection. They cannot show humility. They cannot quit playing by the so-called rules of the game. The game made them.

It is best to act on that impulse to dunk on some insufferable twitterer by replying with something they’d rather not be talking about, such as defunding the Pentagon, abolishing police or prisons, or even ending the practice of lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court.

Blindside them by filling their thread with something entirely unrelated instead of letting them get off on their stupid bullshit.