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Yolie Capin blasts Democratic Party as elitist in wake of Trump victory

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Democrats around Florida and the country awoke Wednesday in shock over the election of Donald J. Trump as president, and the recriminations quickly began.

For Tampa City Councilwoman Yolie Capin, the fault lies with the Democratic Party, and the Democratic National Committee.

Although she prefaces her comments by saying she thinks Hillary Clinton is “brilliant” and that she desperately wanted her to win the presidency, Capin says that the fact that Clinton couldn’t defeat Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008 when she was a much-better-known quantity should have been a heads-up to the party establishment that there was a resistance to her that was ignored.

“So then we fast forward to 2016 and the Democratic establishment rigs the convention and the thing is, they got caught and the sad, sad part is that everybody was OK with it!” Capin said, referring to the thousands of leaked WikiLeaks emails that showed DNC disdain toward Bernie Sanders and support for Clinton long before any votes were cast.

Capin said Clinton had a messaging problem and said the Democrats “gave lip service to the working class, and people just didn’t believe it.”

“I know people who voted for Trump. (Some of them) were Ph.D.’s, OK?” Capin says. “It’s mind boggling. Let them keep saying it’s the ‘yahoos and the hillbillies.’ Let them keep doing that,” she says of what she calls the elitism of the Democratic Party leadership. “That’s exactly what the people felt, (that) you feel that you’re more intelligent, more informed. But you don’t listen.”

Capin is also one Democrat who isn’t fond of FBI Director James Comey‘s bombshell announcement 11 days before the election that the agency was investigating another batch of emails “that appear to be pertinent” to the Clinton email server situation that was found on Anthony Weiner’s computer. On Sunday Comey reaffirmed his original decision in July to recommend against charging Clinton, but Capin says that with people already voting early during those nine days, “that had to be damaging.”

The city councilwoman says she does find one silver lining out of the results, and that is that “the progressives are going to be emboldened now to revamp that Democratic party, and it needs it.”

“They wanted who they wanted and they pushed her through,” she says of the Democratic Party’s establishment support of Clinton. “She’s brilliant, but there were too many people that didn’t care for her, as in 2008,” she says, reciting the line that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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