They were constantly and confidently crowing that Trump stood no chance because of his offensive personality and hateful rhetoric.
Bingo. And this what you get when you keep all your media people in NYC or DC.
Trump’s style of speaking is not all that uncommon outside of those urban enclaves, and what the media in the ivory tower didn’t understand was what they heard as “hateful rhetoric” was interpreted very differently in other places. In 98% of America, saying that “Mexico isn’t sending us their best” is a simple statement of fact, not an evil racist comment, for one example.
So, what they actually MEANT was that “Because of his rhetoric, Trump stands no chance……in New York or Washington.”
Well, they were right about that part. :-)