Far-left pundits blamed a “whitelash” for Donald Trump’s victory, ignoring the positive reaction to Trump’s campaign against the globalism-induced devastation in the Mid West and Rust Belt.
“You tell your kids don’t be a bully, you tell your kids don’t be a bigot… and then you have this outcome,” CNN analyst Van Jones said. “You have people putting children to bed tonight and they are afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?'”
This was a whitelash against a changing country,” he added. “It was whitelash against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.”
Despite the efforts of people like Van Jones and MSNBC host Chris Hayes to paint Trump’s election as a result of the overt racism of the United States’ white majority, it is simply not true.
According to polls, approximately 8% of African-Americans and 29% of Hispanics voted for Trump (both are higher percentages than Mitt Romney received in 2012).
While it is true that Trump won many areas comprised primarily of working-class white voters, many of those areas voted heavily for Obama in 2008 and 2012, and for the Democratic Party in general for decades.
Lackawanna County (Scranton) and Luzerne County (Wilkes-Barre), Pennsylvania voted for Trump after previously voting for Obama. Obama won Mahoning County (Youngstown), Ohio by 20 points in 2012; Clinton carried it by only 3%.
The states of Iowa and Wisconsin, won by Obama in both 2008 and 2012, each flipped to Trump; both states are primarily white. In fact, Wisconsin has not voted for a Republican Presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan’s 49-state landslide victory in 1984.
Trump’s 12 point victory in Maine’s predominantly rural Second Congressional District easily surpassed Obama’s eight point margin.
“Mr. Obama fared very poorly only among white voters in the South. He ran well ahead of Mrs. Clinton just about everywhere else,” reported the New York Times.
The idea that white voters abandoned Hillary Clinton solely on the basis of racism does not hold up to the facts.
Voters in the rural and former industrial areas of the Midwest, North and Rust Belt responded strongly to Trump’s campaign against globalism – the same globalism that has decimated those communities and sent much of American’s manufacturing overseas.