Did Russian hacking cause Clinton’s loss in 2016?

No.

Regardless of whether the Russian hack may have actually been a leak, and Facebook influence campaigns only spent minuscule amounts of money, the bottom line is that when you look at the numbers, it’s clear that other factors are responsible for Trump’s win.

When Donald Trump won the election in 2016, there was a lot of confusion. [1] The question I’ve been asking people in Iowa is, why did Trump win your state by almost 10 points? Why did he win Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin? Why did he win all of these states?

The confusion that ensued afterwards in terms of why Donald Trump is our President today — if you turn on cable news, what are the explanations that you might have received? Why might you think that he is our president based upon the commentary?

Russia. Hillary Clinton. Putin. Cheating. The FBI. Facebook. Racism. Immigration. Sexism.

Some combination of these things.

So obviously, there were many complicating factors. But my fundamental message is that all of that is missing the point.

The point is this: I looked at the numbers. The reason why Donald Trump is our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, and 40,000 right here in Iowa.

If you dig into the numbers in each area, you see that the more you automate away jobs in that community, the more that community turns red. That is why Iowa went to Donald Trump by almost 10 points.

And unfortunately, what happened to the manufacturing jobs is now going to happen to retail jobs. [1]

References:
[1] Andrew Yang’s town hall in Des Moines

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