A website called The Intercept has reached a new low in making excuses for Clinton’s 2016 election loss, suggesting if fewer men and women were killed in battle the vote would’ve swung her way.
In what is being dubbed the “dead veterans theory,” Clinton’s hawkish sentiment did her in, as families grieving loved ones lost at war gravitated toward Trump.
“Comparing the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, they concluded that regions that had seen high concentrations in casualties over the past 15 years of warfare saw a swing in support towards Trump,” The Intercept reports, referencing a study conducted by professors at Boston University and the University of Minnesota Law School.
“Their model also suggests that three swing states — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — could very well have been winners for Clinton if their war casualties were lower.”
Apparently to The Intercept, Trump’s and Clinton’s stances on war represented a dichotomy of pacifism, with voters clearly associating an anti-war sentiment with Trump, and Hillary with aggression.
“It’s certainly plausible I think that the … rhetoric of Trump’s campaign may have resonated with that group,” one of the study’s authors said.
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