The 2016 election was supposed to be the coronation of a new Democratic president.
But the coronition was marred by the worst election in American history, which has already left tens of millions of Americans without jobs, raised fears of a government shutdown, and damaged a nascent Democratic Party.
In just three months, the party lost the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
In the process, Democrats lost control of the U.S. Senate and the governorships of New Jersey and New York.
They lost control in the state legislatures in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and in governorships in Oregon, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
And, in an election that has already been called the most expensive in U.N. history, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to lose the presidency.
But the electoral catastrophe was also emblematic of a broader problem: A lack of trust in the institutions of American democracy.
As the party that emerged from the Great Recession to rebrand itself as the “new Democrats” of the 2020 presidential election cycle, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most unpopular president in U