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2016 Postmortem

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Wed Nov 16, 2016, 10:48 PM Nov 2016

Donald Trump Is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety [View all]


Obama's election was a major trigger for the policy backlash that led to Donald Trump

White rage got us here. While the economic anxiety of Trump supporters is often touted as the driving force behind the mogul’s electoral college victory, that rationale is just a ruse, a clever red herring. The median income of a Trump supporter is more than $70,000 per year, which is well above the national average, and a 2016 study noted that it would take African Americans 228 years to equal the wealth of whites in the United States. Clearly, Trump’s pathway into the Oval Office is not really about white economic angst. Rather, Barack Obama’s election—and its powerful symbolism of black advancement—was the major trigger for the policy backlash that led to Donald Trump, and which has now put America’s national security at risk.

Republicans carved out this trench shortly after Obama’s 2008 victory. The GOP pushed through a number of laws at the state level to block as many of his voters, primarily African-Americans, from the polls as possible. North Carolina targeted black voters with nearly “surgical precision.” Wisconsin Republicans were “giddy” about disfranchising African Americans, especially in Milwaukee. Florida’s GOP cut particular days of early voting to nullify the political participation of black churchgoers. Texas required certain types of government-issued photo IDs to vote and then ensured that nearly 1.6 million black and Latino citizens would have very limited access. Ohio skewed its early voting laws to diminish the turnout in the cities while also implementing a literacy test that officials applied only to those in urban counties.

rest at the above link....

AND SANDERs WOULD NOT HAVE WON. Probably would have less votes actually.
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And the 41% who did not bother to vote? guillaumeb Nov 2016 #1
Has there ever been 100% turnout Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2016 #3
Of course not. But the fact that this many registered voters did not vote guillaumeb Nov 2016 #7
Indeed Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2016 #11
Agreed. Michigan and Wisconsin targeted minority voters for removal from voter rolls. guillaumeb Nov 2016 #12
How many impediments to voting do you think are in all these rural areas? And how long the lines? bullimiami Nov 2016 #20
What's your point? Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2016 #22
my point is its easy to vote in rural areas and hard to vote in cities. by design. bullimiami Nov 2016 #24
This message was self-deleted by its author Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2016 #37
In Mn, over 70% of the electorate votes BainsBane Nov 2016 #16
Nice points. guillaumeb Nov 2016 #50
Which means citizens bought into the negative dirty bullshit Trunmp spouted every day for 18 months TeamPooka Nov 2016 #28
You can thank the NEWS media for endlessly promoting this idiot duffyduff Nov 2016 #45
Yes they did. The GOP spends billions on negative advertising because it does work. eom guillaumeb Nov 2016 #51
Get what they deserve in a Trump Presidency. leftofcool Nov 2016 #4
Unfortunately we also will get much the same. guillaumeb Nov 2016 #8
Yes, we should write them off. duffyduff Nov 2016 #47
That's kind of surprising. ucrdem Nov 2016 #13
I provided a link here: guillaumeb Nov 2016 #14
Thanks, yes that's what I'm referring to. ucrdem Nov 2016 #17
Its absurd that someone who voted for Trump would tell an exit poll they voted for Hillary. bullimiami Nov 2016 #21
The "Bradley effect" in action? guillaumeb Nov 2016 #48
No reason to care about people that apathetic treestar Nov 2016 #41
It does seem that way. Or they truly believe that there is no substantive difference guillaumeb Nov 2016 #49
Tend to agree Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2016 #2
Ohioans, Tired of Status Quo, Flipped to Trump for Change. elleng Nov 2016 #5
Hey, wait. Wilms Nov 2016 #18
You got it! elleng Nov 2016 #19
In PA, Obama beat McCain in 2008 by over 10%... SMC22307 Nov 2016 #26
Exactly. elleng Nov 2016 #27
makes no sense. the black guy won in those states. n/t SleeplessinSoCal Nov 2016 #35
voter suppression ain't going away soon. how to reject neo-nazi's if they rig the system? n/t SleeplessinSoCal Nov 2016 #36
and what a change they got DemonGoddess Nov 2016 #56
I tend to believe this was mix of both... yes white nationalist agenda did resonate to this section MyNameIsKhan Nov 2016 #6
I agree with this post.. northoftheborder Nov 2016 #9
another article on the exact same subject OKNancy Nov 2016 #10
No doubt about it. ucrdem Nov 2016 #15
That is because these Trump white dudes are stupid duffyduff Nov 2016 #25
Sexism is far more a factor than racism. If race had been an issue, Obama would duffyduff Nov 2016 #23
I know Bernie woulda won big. ErikJ Nov 2016 #29
You guys keep making the same whack argument. Truth is, your anecdotes aside, you DO NOT "know..... Tarheel_Dem Nov 2016 #38
It's not one or the other imo. It's both racism and economic anxiety. hedda_foil Nov 2016 #30
Many of these white voters voted for Obama, not once, but twice. B Calm Nov 2016 #31
Exactly. And against two Republicans less disliked and mistruted than Trump Tom Rinaldo Nov 2016 #43
Actually, they did not. Romney won the White vote by a bigger margin than Reagan did in'84. Yavin4 Nov 2016 #53
I still think it was a coup world wide wally Nov 2016 #32
The FBI leadership cadre are enemies of the people. - nt KingCharlemagne Nov 2016 #42
It was. nt JTFrog Nov 2016 #57
K & R SunSeeker Nov 2016 #33
Only true thing donald ever said, the election is rigged. mountain grammy Nov 2016 #34
Projecting again. world wide wally Nov 2016 #44
One wonders how much the Obama admin. tried to intercede. callous taoboy Nov 2016 #39
Perfect storm. tavernier Nov 2016 #40
4.9% unemployment rate. It's hard to think this equates to economic insecurity. randome Nov 2016 #46
This paragraph from the article says it all. muntrv Nov 2016 #52
This article was spot on. Yavin4 Nov 2016 #54
Add a little Salon, Nation, Amy, etc. oh, don't forget Cornell West phallon Nov 2016 #55
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