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Dutch -- The vetting of Trump did take place. As I wrote in my blog article on Trump being a bad businessman, everything was sourced from articles, video clips, and a long track record of cheating, lying, money laundering, suing banks, stiffing his workers, racism, narcissism, sociopathy, authoritarianism, and even the Russian collusion from BEFORE he was a viable candidate. He was called out for it repeatedly in the debates by his Republican opponents and by some segments of the media (not all). He was repeatedly called a narcissist and a con artist.
As psychologist, Joseph Burgo wrote about Trump in August 2015:
"But Trump’s narcissism actually constitutes a large part of his appeal to certain voters. I’m not referring to his over-the-top braggadocio, his unrelenting drive to trumpet his superiority. Narcissism means much more than having an inflated sense of self. Extreme Narcissists (as I refer to them in my forthcoming book) like Donald Trump rely on a characteristic set of defenses to evade painful truths about themselves and to shore up that inflated sense of self: righteous indignation, blame, and contempt. For voters who may feel small and helpless in the face of rapid change, who are worried about their economic future and social standing, or frightened by a complex world beset by seemingly intractable problems, Trump models a simplistic way to vanquish self-doubt and defend oneself against existential anxiety."
The fact is that 63 million voters voted for Trump, and if they had spent just a small amount of time fact checking and thinking critically, Trump would have been soundly defeated. The vetting had been thorough, but the ignorance, anger, fear and hate being promoted endlessly by Trump dominated the news. And that hasn't stopped. By some pollsters, if the election was held today, perhaps some 63 million Americans would vote for him again with the full knowledge what a sorry dishonest president he has been.
You cannot blame the vetting process. Just the stupidity and ignorance of 63 million voters, and a media that was fixated on Trump outrageous acts in a competition for ratings, ignoring the more worthy candidate.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." -- Pogo