Thursday, July 20, 2017

Take from the moochers

From Reuters (I’d share the link but when I went to the page it crashed my browser):
About one in eight people who voted for Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters.
I was able to read enough to see “are not sure” means some know they would not vote for the nasty guy again, others are disappointed in the nasty guy but don’t know what they would do.

One in eight is 12%. These are people who have at least some doubts of the shenanigans in the White House. By my math that’s about 7.5 million voters. That is much larger than his margin of victory.

Melissa McEwan of Shakesville responds:
There is nothing that Trump has done so far that wasn't entirely predictable, no behavior he's demonstrated that wasn't on full display during the campaign, no repulsive attribute or lack of qualification and competency that he had not revealed before Election Day.

So what's changed?

He was just supposed to get rid of all the bad swarthy folks, not the "good ones" they know — the exceptions. He was just supposed to take away the healthcare from the moochers on Obamacare, not the upstanding citizens on the Affordable Care Act.

They're mad that their bigot king isn't making exceptions for them.

The people who cast their votes for a conman who made them feel special are now feeling betrayed at the discovery that they're not special to him at all. Not even a little.

Josh Barro is a white dude who wrote another thinkpiece (something popular with white dudes since November) trying to explain to Democrats enough of this about women and people of color, what are you going to do for white dudes?

Sarah Lerner of Dame Magazine responded.
In these men’s minds, the most significant barrier to future Democratic victories is marginalized groups refusing to back down from their full-throated demands for equal consideration.
Lerner looked through voter analysis to see what was the big driver towards the nasty guy. I’ll let you wade through the numbers. She concludes her review:
In other words, Trump’s dog whistles (which, let’s be real, were really more like wolf howls) had a significant impact on voters’ decisions …
Summary: it was the bigotry.

McEwan adds:
What is actually effective in eradicating bigotry is making it f***ing unpopular. It's amazing how much more likely people are to abandon beliefs which are simply given no harbor. Yes, there will always be hold-outs, but it forces them to navigate being ostracized as extremists as the cost of their bigotry. Which is at it should be. The only thing that happens when you tolerate bigotry in order not to alienate bigots is that more people feel comfortable embracing and espousing bigotry.

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