For a detailed, excellent analysis, see Everything mattered: lessons from 2016’s bizarre presidential election. The election was close, so many groups and people share blame for the outcome.
By the end of the election, Trump was repeating Bernie Sanders’s talking points about inequality and outsourcing. Obviously he convinced a lot of people that he and the Repugs would help the middle class. Obama barely tried, but even if he had, the Repugs would have obstructed his efforts.
After being criticized on facebook, I am now wondering whether my inclusion of “Clinton Foundation” is a mistake and a succumbing to GOP propaganda. The Clinton Foundation received a 4 out of 4 rating from Charity Navigator and an A from Charity Watch. Is the widespread perception that the Clinton Foundation is corrupt justified? Show the evidence.
Similarly, on the question of whether Putin really did help Trump, it’s unclear whether the CIA. can be believed.