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If the Democrats have any hope in beating the GOP and Trump, things have to change

By Christian Hollis, Editor-In-Chief

President Trump Addresses The Nation In His First State Of The Union Address To Joint Session Of  Congress
President Trump mocked the Democrats with gestures telling them to stand during the State of the Union, frustrating the minority party even more. Instead of taking the beating, Democrats should fight back with their progressive ideas, not standing against everything he says and does. (Image from latimes.com)

It has been one year since President Trump was inaugurated, and the Democratic Party still hasn’t come to understand why and how he defeated Hillary Clinton.

The 2016 election was supposed to be an easy victory for the Democrats and for Clinton. The New York Times forecast showed Clinton had 85 percent chance of winning the election and the Democrats had a 52 percent chance of winning the Senate. Clinton had the entertainment industry and the media but still lost. A year and three months later, the Democrats still don’t seem to understand why the Republicans defeated them.

It wasn’t because of racism, it wasn’t because of hatred; it was a backlash from exhausted constituents who got tired of people telling them how to vote, think and what to believe. Trump knew the distrust in the media and only fueled it more by coining things like “Fake News” to discredit the media and the democratic platform.

Elections are won by ideas, not by hating half of the country because they voted their conscience. The Democrats need a message, and someone who can deliver that message with hard facts with true progressive ideas. There are multiple characters that are likable that the Democrats can find. Instead, people have been pointing at celebrities without experience like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

There could easily be a push in ideas such as Net Neutrality. According to a poll from the University of Maryland’s program for Public Consultation, an astonishing 83 percent of voters oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal Net Neutrality.

The Democrats could use the party platform to focus solely on their ideas that many Americans agree with to push their seats in 2018, but instead they decide their way to fight back is to stay seated during the State of the Union about every issue except for the military.

Of course, the Republicans did the same thing when President Obama was still in office, but the Democrats should be better than them, and actually applaud when there is things being said by the president their party agrees with, like rebuilding infrastructure.

Instead, Democrats sat angrily, making Washington and our system seem more like a match of professional wrestling instead of our nation’s best serving for the public good.

According to a poll by CBS News, 75 percent of Americans approved of President Trump’s first State of the Union address and two-thirds said it “made them feel proud,” yet Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted “I wanted it burned into my eyes. If there’s ever a moment when I’m too tired to keep fighting, I just have to close my eyes to see (Trump. Mike Pence, and Speaker Paul Ryan) applauding themselves for punching working families in the gut, and I’m back in this fight.”

How could such an important leader be so disconnected with the public reception of the address? Nine states Trump won in 2016 have Senate seats currently held by Democrats up for re-election — Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia and our home, Michigan.

Personally, I am hopeful for a blue wave this year, but without proper messaging and the ability to talk to the so-called “deplorables” as fellow Americans, the Democrats and progressives will be gasping for air beneath a sea of red in November this year.