observations and opinion
And so did too many Democrats running for the House and Senate in 2016.
There is little doubt that many terrible things influenced the results of the election, but ultimately HRC and the Democrats lost, because they did not get the votes where they needed the votes, to win.
The majority of eligible voters stayed away. A minority voted for Trump (many holding their nose) because they were persuaded that Hillary Clinton was not a trustworthy person legitimately interested in their concerns (or worse). Democrats in states which were “reliably” Democratic, did not vote for their party’s nominee. Those are just facts.
The Democrats, whether they re-nominate Clinton in 2020 or not (especially if they re-nominate Clinton) need to figure out forensically, WHERE THOSE VOTES ARE AND HOW TO GET THEM.
Many things will happen between now and November 2020 but if the Democrats don’t do the necessary, hard, unpleasant work of self-scrutiny and change, immediately, Republicans will prevail. Again.