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Clinton didn't do the work

Judging by the number of people celebrating their First Amendment rights Jan. 21, there appear to be strong opinions on both sides concerning President Trump.

I'm sure this letter will add fuel to the fire, but many anti-Trump folks may need to step back for a little self-analysis. I am puzzled by the lack of anger at Hillary Clinton. She pointed a finger in every conceivable direction as to why she lost. There is an old saying that when you point a finger, three more are pointed back at you.

In any competition, it will always become apparent who did the work for a victory. It is not always the "better" team. Clinton lost because she did not do the work. She bought the media narrative that it was over before it began. She spent the campaign trying to be smart, cute and clever.

Take the private email server. After an FBI investigation, James Comey cited 14 violations had occurred. Although I thought he should have left the decision to the Justice Department concerning charges, he took it upon himself to recommend no charges be filed due to the unlikely event that a conviction would occur.

As far as getting a conviction, I tend to agree. Try to find 12 people in this country that have a neutral opinion of her. She's either loved or hated. Comey gave her an out. She could have put the entire thing to rest with a statement, such as: "After listening to Director Comey's conclusions, we realize the personal server was not a wise decision, and will resolve to do better in the future" or something to that effect.

What happened, instead, by supposedly the "smartest woman in America" was her giving a told-you-so moment that she didn't do anything wrong. Even when the truth would serve her best, she had to lie.

During the debates, for each 90-minute debate against Trump, she had to take four or five days off to practice. Practice for what? She had been in politics for the better part of her adult life. She was supposed to be far and away the more experienced of the two; first lady, senator, secretary of state, not to mention, the first two debates fielded very pro-Hillary "moderators."

So, there are at least 12 days where she could have been campaigning in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She spent 12 days rehearsing trying to find one soundbite zinger to put Trump away — anybody remember them?

Bottom line, she was lazy. The press helped her be lazy.

When a boxer trains for a fight, he or she does not shy away from hard work. You work hard. When 100 pushups are good for you, 150 are better. When you run 10 miles, 15 are better.

When Hillary should have been getting hard questions from reporters really interested in finding out what she stood for, she self-selected "friendly" reporters. When she should have been taking on all challengers, she went into hiding. She should have been going to Fox News, stating her positions with conviction. Instead, she stuck with reporters on the mainstream networks. When she should have been campaigning, she had surrogates doing the work for her.

She took private-sector union votes, minority votes and many others for granted. She surrounded herself with people who coddled her.

Contrast that to Trump. He did the work. He campaigned in three, sometimes four places in a day. He took no time off. Any media outlet that called, he answered. They may not have liked his answers or attitude, but he went on.

He went into the inner cities and asked for their votes. He wasn't afraid to identify "radical Islamic extremists" as our enemy. He hurt feelings, but spoke his mind. He did the work, and it made him strong.

Every election cycle, I hear people on both sides of the political debate begging for such a person, how political correctness is killing us. When we finally get such a person, half the country flies off in a preschool-style rant. Funny thing. When these protesters are asked if they voted, many of them say "no." I guess laziness begets laziness.