Liberal elites think uneducated voters are dumb if they vote for Trump, impoverished if they voted for Obama
A column by Janell Ross (July 2015) that labels the uneducated as dumb if they vote for Trump "Donald Trump's surge is all about less-educated Americans," has picked up steam with Trump solidifying his lead among Republican candidates and even blue-collar Democrats. Although it was taken in July of last year, the headline, which has an underlying tone of racism, has been repeated in 2016.
A column by Janell Ross (July 2015) that labels the uneducated as dumb if they vote for Trump "Donald Trump's surge is all about less-educated Americans," has picked up steam with Trump solidifying his lead among Republican candidates and even blue-collar Democrats. Although it was taken in July of last year, the headline, which has an underlying tone of racism, has been repeated in 2016. Why is it racist? Because poor, poverty stricken, uneducated blacks have been strident supporters of both Pres. Obama and Pres. Clinton, both Democrats. They were never labeled as dumb by Democrat (or liberal media) pollsters before the election of either candidate. Now, suddenly, because uneducated whites support Trump, his supporters are dumb.
"But how did this come to be? A lot of it has to do with education."
At this point, Trump is seemingly unstoppable and will likely win the Republican nomination. Labeling people who do not have college degrees as dumb will only solidify his lead with middle class laborers, because nobody - whites, blacks or people of other backgrounds - like being called dumb for supporting a candidate.
And as Ross should know: black men make up the lowest tier or percentage of people in the U.S. who have college degrees. Both black men and women, however, have been ardent supporters of both Pres. Obama and the former Pres. Clinton. How is Ross’ statement, or headline, become a racist statement? Because Democrats like Obama are supposed to be the saviors of the black race and lift them up out of poverty. Though their situation is one that may diminish or not value education, since the candidates are Democrats, it does not matter.
The message is: is okay if blacks are angry because they live in poverty; it’s not okay for whites (or blacks) who are angry to vote for Trump, if they live in poverty. Without a black majority, neither Clinton or Obama would have been elected. Has life really gotten better in the inner cities of Chicago or St. Louis under an Obama presidency? Evidently it does not matter. Why? Because people who are impoverished, people who are uneducated, are supposed to vote for Democrats. If they don’t then though they are impoverished, they are labeled as stupid.
We do see blacks supporting Trump in rallies across the U.S. What’s wrong with them? They must not really be black. But the fact is that Trump has been very friendly and fair to blacks and people of other ethnic backgrounds over the years, and certainly on his show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” which aired on NBC for eight years. The last year was 2015. NBC has not found a replacement to host the show. Any number of black celebrities appeared on his show, and including one, Dennis Rodman, who probably should not have been on the show. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to be the host of the next celebrity apprentice. It's likely that it will not be aired until after the 2016 election years.
Though the poll was taken in July of last year, it’s still hard to make out. And it’s doubtful that Ross was able to interpret it without help. It’s posted online, but it’s so small that it really does not matter. We are supposed to trust the people who strained to find out that people who support Trump are not as educated. The problem with this assumption is that it belies that people interviewed for another article about the same topic that also appeared in the Washington Post. Trump supporters were interviewed; most of them not only had a high school education, but had advanced degrees.
Another poll about intelligence and supporting Trump was evidently taken in Sept. of last year. There was no similar poll taken for Hillary Clinton, or at least it does not show up on Quora. (As for Bernie Sanders, he wants to provide free tuition; what’s not to like for a college student)?
Here is the headline to the poll:
Why do dumber / less educated people support Trump, and smarter / more educated people support other candidates?
This doesn't seem to be a race issue. But, of course, there is no commensurate poll for Democrat candidates, whose followers are mostly black. Still, the headline begs the question: Should people who do not have college degrees be suspect in voting for a candidate? Of course this idea is elitest and more than a little condescending. And it’s a measure of bias for the media in regard to Republicans.
The results don’t really make sense, in a sense. People without college degrees support Trump by 40 percent, but they also support Dr. Ben Carson second, by 18 percent. Carson is a doctor; Trump has a master’s degree from Wharton Business School. The poll is not sufficient to determine why people without college degrees support Trump over other candidates. Neither is the other poll about people with college degrees. The more surprising finding, if we are to believe the poll, is that people with college degrees support Ted Cruz by just two percent, when he is an acclaimed attorney who argued cases before the Supreme Court.
Here are the percentage results of who favors which candidate for college graduates:
Also, Huckabee received 0 percent according to the poll. Does this mean that people who are college graduates don’t like the former governor or that people who like him are not as smart? No. It’s simply a list of people who completed the poll. What would it look like if people were polled for Franklin D. Roosevelt during the election cycles during the 20s? There would be an overwhelming percentage of people who are uneducated.
People have also unwittingly stated that these poll results are a good reason not to support Trump. But the real reason why working class people (or the uneducated for Democrats) support Trump is probably because he says that he will bring back jobs from China to the U.S. That and the fact that he seems serious about it, is probably the reason for his popularity with blue collar workers. In fact, there are at least four articles about Trump’s popularity with working class union workers.
Millions of Americans Support Donald Trump. Here's Why.
In this particular article, we get much of the media elite condescension, with Thomas Frank talking about hundreds of thousands of columns or articles labeling Trump followers as bigots or ignorant. If a liberal like Frank lables someone, anyone, a bigot, then it must be true. Various forms of the word are used five different times. It's as though liberals commisserate with each other about people who are not like them, or not smart enough to be them, calling them bigots. The article includes this surprising comment from Karen Nussbaum, a woman who researches blue collar workers for Working America.
“People are much more frightened than they are bigoted."
It's not surprising that someone like Nussbaum would say that. It's surprising that she would allow herself to be quoted saying it. Other aricles admit that Trump has taken over the blue collar appeal in the race for the White House:
Ohio's 'dirty little secret': blue-collar Democrats for Trump
Trump Rides a Blue-Collar Wave
Donald Trump: the Billionaire for Blue Collars
It’s also likely that since a sizable number of blacks are also blue collar workers, he will take a percentage of the black vote from whatever candidate wins the Democratic nomination. Do blue collar workers really trust that Clinton or Bernie Sanders will win blue collar workers over Trump in the general election, with their talk about global warming and how America has to cut emissions.
These workers know that Trump would ignore any international climate change rules that would harm jobs in the U.S. Obama treats these international emission rules like they are sacrosanct, or the Ten Commandments written by the hand of God. But blue collar workers, including blacks, are not smart enough to know all of this. That’s exactly why it is smart for blue collar workers to vote for Trump, whether they have a college degree or not.
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