It is not only the devastating wars, the big money from the Wall Street, the drone operations and assassinations of many innocent people around the globe under the Obama regime that made Hillary Clinton go down, despite her desperate efforts to sell a progressive profile to the voters. It is also the treatment of the Whistleblowers.
People who exposed the dirty secrets and operations of the US empire and its allies, have been treated like traitors who deserve the worst punishment possible.
Julian Assange is "trapped" inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London for four years now, fearing that the US empire will imprison him, as soon as he dare to get out, despite that “The United Nations' Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found, by a majority, that he has been "arbitrarily detained" and that his detention should be brought to an end;” [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange]
Edward Snowden is still living in an undisclosed location in Russia while seeking asylum elsewhere, after the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against him. “His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.” [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden]
Chelsea Manning “was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in the eighth year, and to be dishonorably discharged from the Army.” [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Manning]
Many others, who wanted to expose crimes against citizens have been fiercely hunted under the supposedly 'progressive' Obama administration.
It is difficult to imagine that the tough, Far-Right Republican, Donald Trump, would do anything different, but he has a unique opportunity to give us a first serious indication that he is not on the side of the hawkish DC establishment. If Trump would dare to pardon the Whistleblowers, it would probably meant that he is not controllable by this establishment and that he do cares about the ordinary people. Picking Flynn, Sessions and Pompeo for key posts, it is very unlikely to see such a thing by him, but then, you never know ...