Let's get this exactly straight, to save an awful lot of drivel (and there is so much drivel from the stalls, isn't there, now that the deed has been done).
The Republican Party should have put the kybosh on the Trump candidacy a year ago. They didn't.
Too gutless, too stupid, didn't believe it could possibly happen.
The blame is wholly and solely with the party leaders, who fluffed about, did a bit of hand-wringing, but somehow thought it would all work out of its own accord. One by one their other candidates fell, their alarm grew loud and louder, but they still did nothing.
The media treated the Trump candidacy like a money making circus sideshow, because that's exactly what it was, a campaign so base it was one more unbelievable freak act after the other.
In the end, even sitting and past Republicans did not vote for Trump, they urged others not to vote for him. Even the Republicans could not morally stomach winning if it meant Trump would be the President, they preferred to lose, and clean up their own house for next time around, with a qualified candidate who reflected the dignity of the office.
Not voting for your own candidate is a nice gesture, displaying courage when all those around are acting like barbarians takes backbone. But it was already one minute to midnight, and far too late for gestures or moral courage to prevail.
So there is the blame.
Can everyone stop hysterically blaming the left or the media or the Democrats or Clinton, or whatever. It's not that no one saw it coming. We all fucking saw it coming. There were only two candidates for goodness sake, the odds were pretty high that one of them would win, and 'one' of them was Donald Trump, so do the maths, go back and look at all the headlines over and over telling us how close it was, the headlines that kept telling us that Trump was a very strong chance to win, based on all polling, the headlines that - no matter the new and stomach churning revelations about Trump's amoral business and personal inner workings - didn't see a single blip in his popularity with voters.
Yes, we were in denial that this could possibly be true, because anything foretold on The Simpsons 10 years ago was just too stupid to come true. Just as the Republican Party was in denial a year ago, and remained in denial until the very end, when they cast their own votes for anyone other than Trump.
The past and current republican leaders felt so badly about Trump that they wanted to lose the Presidency.
Now they have him, and so do we. They did this.