Could it be that voters cared little about Trump's self-contradictions because the media has habituated them to such stuff?
CNN.com October 19
“Election officials and cyber experts say it’s virtually impossible for Moscow or some other outside group to influence the election outcome.”
New York Times, October 18, 2016
“Top Republicans must reject the ridiculous notion that a national election can be ‘rigged.’ ”
New York Times, Dec. 11, 2016
“Trump should be leading the call for a thorough investigation, since it would be the only way to remove this darkening cloud from his presidency. Failing to resolve the questions about Russia would feed suspicion among millions of Americans that a dominant theme of his candidacy turned out to be true: The election was indeed rigged.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter questioning Politico’s Julia Ioffe, Dec. 11, 2016
“Julia, we’re talking about a candidate who has lost in a historic way in terms of the popular vote but clearly won in the Electoral College. Is this something of a national emergency? And are journalists afraid to say so because they’re going to sound partisan?”
Perhaps this does prove Clinton was the better candidate since while she was sure to win, elections could not be rigged, but as soon as she lost, elections could be rigged.