By Dave Andrusko
The presidential election takes place the second Tuesday in November and last year that fell on November 8, 2016. Although you could say yesterday was the first anniversary of the election of Donald Trump (the second Tuesday in November), today is one calendar year removed from that absolutely incredible upset.
We talked briefly late last week about the reverberations of an election that “everyone knew” was Hillary Clinton’s. Not Hillary Clinton’s to lose, mind you. She couldn’t lose.
Yesterday as part of his end-of-the-day summary, Gary Bauer recalled for us what the big news of Election Day morning was last year. The pronouncement had come down from on high from liberal political analyst Nate Silver who had
flipped Florida and North Carolina into Clinton’s column, giving her a 71.4% chance of victory.
All the polls but one predicted a Clinton presidency.
The scorn for anyone dumb enough, self-delusional enough to think that Donald Trump could be our 45th President was palpable. Only someone who occupied a place in that “basket of deplorables” whom Clinton gleefully bashed at a LGBT for Hillary Gala in New York City on September 9 could believe that one of our betters–Hillary Clinton–could/should/would fail to be crowned Barack Obama’s successor.
NRLC has written many times about the promises candidate Trump made that President Trump is fulfilling. The brightest star in that firmament is the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court . But the President is selecting lower court judges who share a similar judicial philosophy “in the mold of the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia.”
We also talked often about the many pro-lifers he’s chosen for this administration, his commitment to protecting religious liberties, his Administration’s expanded policy named Promoting Life in Global Health Assistance, which applies pro-life conditions to a broad range of health-related U.S. foreign aid–to name just a few.
I don’t need to recite what we outline multiple times during the campaign and since. It would be nearly impossible to exaggerate how a great a setback for the cause of life at home and aboard had Hillary Clinton become president. Always remember that in many ways and for many years, Hillary Clinton represented the crucial nexus of the worldwide campaign to erase any and all protective abortion statutes around the world.
Even now, a year later, I occasionally find myself taking a deep breath. It was very, very close.
Thanks to you for making it possible to defeat pro-abortion Hillary Clinton and elect pro-life Donald Trump.