Hillary Clinton never expected to lose the election.
Her team and her allies in the press thought it was a shoe-in.
But the reasons she lost crucial states are so stunning, they are hard to believe.
Donald Trump won the election because he carried Industrial Midwest states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
They were part of the much discussed “big blue wall” which consisted of states that had voted Democrat in every election since 1988.
But Trump smashed that wall on his way to presidential victory.
However, the inside story paints a picture of an arrogant, out-of-touch Clinton campaign that relied on flawed data models and refused to take Trump seriously.
Her team received dire warnings from operatives on the ground that Michigan was in trouble.
Local Democrats could feel the same working class voters who went for Obama in 2012 now flipping to Donald Trump because of his “America First” message.
But rather than heed these warnings, the Clinton team leaned on their flawed data models – which often times failed them in the primaries – and ignored these pleas, insisting they would win Michigan by five points.
Everybody could see Hillary Clinton was cooked in Iowa. So when, a week-and-a-half out, the Service Employees International Union started hearing anxiety out of Michigan, union officials decided to reroute their volunteers, giving a desperate team on the ground around Detroit some hope.
They started prepping meals and organizing hotel rooms.
SEIU — which had wanted to go to Michigan from the beginning, but been ordered not to — dialed Clinton’s top campaign aides to tell them about the new plan. According to several people familiar with the call, Brooklyn was furious.
Turn that bus around, the Clinton team ordered SEIU. Those volunteers needed to stay in Iowa to fool Donald Trump into competing there, not drive to Michigan, where the Democrat’s models projected a 5-point win through the morning of Election Day.
Michigan organizers were shocked. It was the latest case of Brooklyn ignoring on-the-ground intel and pleas for help in a race that they felt slipping away at the end.
“They believed they were more experienced, which they were. They believed they were smarter, which they weren’t,” said Donnie Fowler, who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee during the final months of the campaign. “They believed they had better information, which they didn’t.”
Politico also reports stories of volunteers showing up at local Michigan headquarters and asking for literature to hand out as they canvassed door-to-door.
They were told those were ineffective means of campaigning and the offices had no literature to give them.
In addition to refusing on the ground help, the Clinton campaign believed Trump was on pace to win the popular vote and lose the Electoral College.
So they devoted their resources to running up the score in big cities like Chicago and New Orleans.
But both Illinois and Louisiana were states that were not contested in the general election.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign was far from the well-oiled machine many assumed it to be.
It was a mash-up of complete arrogance and incompetence.