“How could we possibly, in a brief stretch, have gone from the euphoria of our first black president to the desolation of racial strife ripping apart the country?” — from Maureen Dowd‘s 1.6.20 N.Y. Times column, “Bonfire of Trump’s Vanity.”

Answer: Easy. In an election year that saw serious groundswell enthusiasm for renegade change-agent Bernie Sanders and an even stronger surge for wildcard con man Donald Trump from racially resentful bumblefucks, the mainstream Democratic machine nominated Hillary Clinton, whose negatives were sky high from start to finish. That‘s how.