Originally posted by @metal-brain
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were both unpopular candidates.
How do such unpopular candidates win the nominations to their political parties if the USA is really a democracy? Isn't this really an indication of a lack of democracy?
Rigging elections is also a thing, which there was evidence of against Hillary when when she ran against Bernie. There are also people who supported Hillary because they wanted to see a female president in their lifetime, more than see the best candidate win. She also had name recognition, and some Dems voted for her thinking she was a safer choice to defeat Trump, rather than an unknown like Bernie. Hillary also was also in the pocket of Big Business (most notoriously, Wall Street), which helped her campaign financially; meanwhile, Bernie was highly unpopular with Big Business, Wall Street, Big Pharma, etc., because he preached against greed and unrestrained capitalism. They played their part to make sure Bernie didn't win.
Trump was wildly popular white conservatives, which is why he killed in the Republican Primaries. Trump's appeal: he's open about his bigotry, which was a breath of fresh of air for conservatives.
And, of course, Americans are bloody brainless fcking morons. Americans are easily influenced by media, possess no ability for objective or rational thinking, vote with emotion, and are pig ignorant dipshlts who can't handle grown-up debates without two-minute limits and snappy one-liners.