Why did the Democrats lose the recent elections? President Obama:
In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate. We spend a lot of time focused on international policy and national policy and less time being on the ground. And when we’re on the ground, we do well.
Interesting to note is that Donald Trump did not get as many votes in 2016 as Mitt Romney did in 2012. So, fewer people voted for Trump while even more people voted for Hillary Clinton.