A look back at Sally Kohn’s forecast about Trump supporters, Hillary supporters after 2016 election

A look back at Sally Kohn’s forecast about Trump supporters, Hillary supporters after 2016 election
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Making a prediction about an election is nothing new. They are made all the time, and some people get paid for making them.

Making a prediction about how voters will behave after an election if it doesn’t turn out their way is a little less common.

To make an accurate prediction requires a deep understanding of the variables, which include a firm grasp on the national temperament at the time of the election, as well as an insight into human nature.

Here is a prediction that CNN commentator Sally Kohn made shortly after 9 o’clock on the night of the 2016 presidential election:

Maybe it was unwise of her to tie her forecast into her “sense,” which in retrospect sounds like a self-indictment.

In the days following the election of the man Hillary Clinton thought she would defeat by 50 points, signs like the one displayed above were carried by irate demonstrators who claimed they had been cheated. The anger from the Left that Kohn predicted we wouldn’t see (“Important difference”) has grown into a violent movement of anarchists who now report they are ready to invade homes and break bones.

But no reaction by any liberal has been more apoplectic than the one Kohn herself demonstrated not long ago on CNN that also featured the network’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter, and commentator Kayleigh McEnany. The topic for the segment was a tweet by Pres. Trump in which he referred to a “smackdown of CNN.”

McEnany, who has since left CNN, went first, citing example after example of the media’s uncharacteristically hostile behavior throughout the early months of the Trump presidency. As she began speaking, Kohn, as if to exemplify her point, buried her face in her hands:

When Kohn was given a turn to speak (around 2:25 in the video bellow), she was initially at a loss for words. “I — I can’t believe this is happening,” she stammered.” Once she found her voice, the tone was shrill and she was visibly furious.

At a time when the Left has so little going for it, you have to wonder whether it needs flamethrowers like this to defend its brand.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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