Friday, June 30, 2017
I do believe Trump's victory was a surprise to him and I also believe he was fully aware of Russia's meddling and was prepared to use it AGAINST Hillary had she won instead. I also believe there were people who weren't happy with the policies of the Obama Administration and others were simply exercising their right to be racist at the ballot box. Those people came out in droves. According to Pew Research, 67 percent of uneducated whites voted for Trump compared to 61 percent in 2012. They have since become known as The Deplorables---a name Hillary referenced in talking about the behavior of his supporters at his campaign rallies The name has since taken on a new life with thousands of people jumping on the bandwagon to identify themselves as one of them while they continue to stand by their "deplorable" president. There was a DeploraBall as a part of the Inauguration activities and a Facebook group created to pump out all the #FAKE NEWS it can.
But here's another telling statistic according to Pew: Trump won whites WITH a college degree by a margin of 49 to 45 percent over Clinton. Now why is this important? It is because too much attention has been paid to the uneducated, poor white trash who came out of the Hills and Rural America to have their voices heard. But college educated whites were making a statement too. They preferred Trump over Hillary for whatever reason. But let me take it one step further. What about the folks making $200K or more? Not all of them are college educated. They were the silent among us. I call them the Deplorable Rich Misfits. Yes, they're the dissenters who disguised themselves as someone else with their money. They probably weren't ever polled and, if they were, they probably didn't tell the truth about who they would be voting for. Listen, the more money people make, the more likelihood they voted for Trump especially if they are white men---and as I always believe, white women married to wealthy white men will do as they're told to hang on to the lifestyle they've become accustomed to. Another point is the fact that whites over the age of 65 preferred Trump over Hillary by a margin of 53 to 45 percent.
Surely, there are still some things that don't add up. How could Hillary win the popular vote by nearly 3 million and lose the electoral vote? It's happened 5 times in all (the first three all in the 1800's)--with the most recent being in 2000 when George W. Bush stole---I mean won the electoral vote, while losing the popular vote by 540,000 to Al Gore. There was something about malfunctioning voter machines and people being turned away from the polls.
As a veteran journalist, I believe Trump won because the exit polls simply didn't do a very good job at polling and he had a lot of help from the silent majority known as the Deplorable Rich Misfits.