With all due respect to Bernie Sanders, I have no intentions of romanticizing and/or sentimentalizing Trump supporters as disaffected working classes abused by the Democrats. Nor do I condemn Hillary Clinton’s remarks about “a basket of deplorables.” Anyone who voted for Trump is deplorable.
The estimated U.S. population, as of December 31, 2016, has reached 325,032,763. (https://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/totals/2015/index.html). Of the total resident population, 24% are under age 18. Therefore, the adult, voting-age, population is approximately 247,024,900. Slightly over 25% of U.S. adults voted for Trump (62,379366).
This mere one-fourth of all U.S. adults voted for a pathological, demagogic, billionaire who will further tilt an obscenely tilted tax code further in favor of the super-rich. These are people who were willing to vote for an arrogant, insensitive, heir to a fortune who thinks he can sexually assault women because he is rich, powerful, and famous.
A minor proportion of the U.S. population – much of which is anti-Semitic and white- supremacist – voted a ranting, racist, empty-headed, goon into the presidency. Any U.S. adult who cannot surmise the dangers this psychopath poses to democracy does not deserve the favors of misguided liberal congressmen and senators. They are not the people we need to move back toward democracy.
I don’t think Democrats should go about sucking up to Trump supporters and moaning about how they were so let down by President Obama who attempted to provide some public works jobs and a health care program over the virulent opposition of Republicans. I certainly have my differences with President Obama but he cannot be blamed for a robust fascist movement whipped up by demagoguery.
If exit polls are to be believed, 53% of voters earning less than $30,000 per year overwhelming supported Hillary Clinton (53% to 41%; http://www.cnn.com/election/results/exit-polls). These people are of the working class. However, the “white, working class” shibboleth has effectively declassed all working class people who don’t vote like idiots.
I know that Bernie is a nice guy and that he wants to play nice with racists and misogynists out in the heartland. But I’m not a nice guy and I say that we fight back against the creeping fascism that received a major boost by people who have no compassion and can see nothing but their own little piece of the world.