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Thomas Friedman and other contributors want to blame Donald Trump’s victory on “angry white men,” right-wing fearmongering or inaccurate polls [“We’re near the breaking point,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. President Obama was re-elected in 2012 because of his personal popularity, but in 2010, 2012, 2014 and again this year, Democrats have been shellacked at every level of government across the U.S. state legislatures, governorships, the U.S. Senate and House have all increased their share of elected Republicans.

Let’s be honest: This election is the final piece of a resounding repudiation of Obama’s policies and those of the Democratic Party. The economy is growing at a painfully slow pace, Obamacare is failing, race relations are at a nadir and inner-city poverty and unemployment among young minorities have only gotten worse over the past eight years.

I’m no fan of Trump, but the reasons Clinton lost are as plain as day. If we can’t be honest and recognize that these policies have to change, we’ll have four more years of gridlock and the next presidential election could yield even worse results. It is my hope and expectation that Congress will lead Trump to programs and policies that would get the economy moving, add good jobs and help lift the less fortunate through opportunity and investment.

Mark Stratton, Bothell