Trump’s 35% Base of Support Will Not Decline

Victim mentality is the bedrock of Trump’s base.

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“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” — Donald J. Trump

He has been proven right. Trump’s strategy of cultivating a sense of victimhood for lower-middle-class white people by fueling hate in other groups started (in the public consciousness) with his denying President Obama’s citizenship. He’s preying on a distinct group of Americans.

The future of the white middle-class, defined as white people making a middle-class living doing semiskilled or unskilled labor, is bleak. Life expectancy is declining, attributed to “drinking, drugs and suicide.”

The president tapped into this despair by creating a sense of victimhood with this failing demographic. They’re victims — of that Black president, of environmental regulations, of political correctness, of hordes of brown people running across the border unchecked, of Muslim “extremism.” But he (Steve Bannon) did it courting neo-Nazis and white supremacists — you can see it if you look for the pattern. 

All within the past month:

– Just a few days before DeVos arrived at Bethune Cookman, President Trump issued a statement that he thought federal funding for HBCUs was unconstitutional. DeVos got the reception she deserved, and white people were able to cluck and finger wag at the “savage” Black people. Read her speech — it feeds directly into the false Trump description of Black communities as being in the “worst shape ever.”

– Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer’s torch-lit protests against tearing down the Confederate monuments in Virginia are oddly timed with Jeff “Bull Connor” Sessions announcing that the failed war on drugs would be amped up.

– The president asked “… Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” Neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates have historically focused on that question because the answer is that if the North had simply allowed slavery to continue in the slave states, the Civil War could have been avoided. White supremacists preach that white people should not have had to kill other white people for the benefit of Black enslaved people. David Duke made several tweets supporting Trump’s comments.

Longer term, the pattern is very clear.

The president uses the term “America First,” which was coined by Charles Lindbergh — American aviator and virulent Nazi supporter before WWII. The original Nazi use of “America First” origins are not known by most Americans, but every current day neo-Nazi knows it.

The president took a long time to disavow the endorsement of David Duke. What kind of person does David Duke endorse?

The president and people in his campaign retweeted neo-Nazi tweet several times.

The president did not mention Jews in his Holocaust Memorial Week statement. Hardly an oversight; his son-in-law is Jewish.

If you were waiting for more people to react critically to the absolute chaos we have been seeing, all you have to do is switch from CNN to Fox during the next crisis (that will pop up in five or 10 minutes). Trump’s 35 percent support base watches a very different news than the other 65 percent. Giving up this peculiar worldview would mean giving up victimhood — it’s not going to happen.

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  • Fox has the highest viewership than any other network so why are there not more informed liberal Democrats watching the other channels? Just because groups support the President that you do not like and that he has condemned does not equate to his base of supporters. I consider myself part of his base as white, Baby Boomer, military retired and I am hardly racist as you know since I lead race relations dialogues. By stereotyping you are going against the entire diversity mantra that it is all about us not us versus them. You choose to use victim mentality through most of your articles but attack white working class people. I would say it is unbelievable but you have done this for years.

      • Characterizing all the middle-income white supporters of Trump as racist is racism. Diversity Inc exists because it stokes the flames of racism and capitalizes on the victimhood mentality of minorities. It is disgusting and shameful.

        • I’m not “characterizing all the middle-income white supporters of Trump as racist”, but anyone who isn’t racist and supporting Trump is able to subjugate their nonracist feelings to support him, because Trump had a clearly racist campaign and his cabinet selections were racist and sexist as evidenced by the results.

          • You are quick on the trigger to label someone as racist. Those are serious accusations. Which individuals on Trump’s cabinet do you believe are racist?

            Perhaps people support Trump because they want economic growth and prosperity for all Americans. The last 8 years of anemic economic growth in Obama’s presidency is difficult to defend. Secretary Clinton advocated more of the same failed policies. That is why we have this current president. And, yes, I am hopeful he is successful because to think otherwise would be un-American.

            As an aside, as I review the content on this website, I am astonished by the lack of diversity in thought. Isn’t that hypocritical given the same of your organization?

          • Trump’s cabinet is what it is – self evident- almost 100% white men. The few none white men are curiosities like Dr. Carson or Sheriff Clarke, or political expediencies, like Ambassador Hayley who was picked to get her out of the way for her more conservative Lt. Governor – the path from governor to presidential candidate is clear, the path from UN Ambassador to anything else is not (especially when Trump has his son in law doing the real job. Being made irrelevant by boy Jared is not a favorable mark on your resume).

            One prominent non-white man is Secretary DeVos, whose brother is king mercinary Blackwater CEO.

            As far as overt racists: Jeff Sessions

      • You asked for one example of where you have used the “victim mentality”… look at your comment below “…almost of the troubles we see are due to white-run law enforcement and criminal justice malfeasance.” I interpret this as you saying the troubles in the black community are mostly caused by racist white cops. Is that a correct interpretation? If so, that is blaming others for ones problems and I call that using the victim mentality. Do racist white cops cause black women to get pregnant 75% of the time out of wedlock? The percentage of fatherless children in the black community is a problem. And, to be clear, it is a problem for other ethnicities too. For whites, the statistic is 50%….not good.

        • Being a victim is different than a victim mentality (which insinuates unjustified excuses). It is a fact that more than half of prisoners are Black and Latino, most are incarcerated on drug convictions, but the majority of drup users are white. https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/dofp12.pdf

          As far as law enforcement, show me an inner city that doesn’t have vast racism in arrests. Have you learned nothing from Ferguson?

          • A student writes a blog and suddenly Dr. Fryer is debunked. Not overly convincing…

            It is widely known that policing shooting data is lacking in quality (Justin Feldman alludes to this in his blog). You can make the same garbage in garbage out claim against any study that uses police data.

            The beauty of this dialogue is that it illustrates diversity of thought. I hope we can agree that diversity of thought is powerful and beneficial. If so, why not include more diverse (and this case, conservative) views on your website? After all, it is Diversityinc!!

          • Fryer is a pandering crank. He was looking for attention and he got it by feeding into stereotypes. His study looked at a limited number of PD’s – almost all staffed like occupation armies – the people in uniform looking NOTHING like the residents. So it starts off unfair and goes where exactly? What do you think those PDs report? Something that makes them look bad? If they were honest or really interested in protecting and serving, they’d look like the people they are supposed to protect and serve. It’s that simple.

            I’m not here to help you debunk your cherished pseudoscience and psuedofacts.

            What is a “conservative” anyway? Fiscal conservatism is fine. It’s a matter of priorities. I think we could give everyone free college and healthcare if we eliminated nuclear weapons from our inventory and reduced the overall military to no more than three times the budget of the rest of the world (we’re currently at ten times). What would grow our GDP or make our country more secure – promising people in WVA that we’re bringing coal back, or educating their children?

            But if your vision of “conservatism” includes the neo Nazi pandering, all white male cabinet selecting orange fraud and the American traitors still propping him up (McConnell snd Ryan), you won’t find a welcome here. (Hey Ryan, we all make mistakes, but you can’t tell me that the photo taken by the Russian press of our president grinning like a jack-o-lantern at his Russian guests in the Oval Office – while he bragged about firing the “nutcase” Comey and how he wasn’t under investigation anymore – isn’t more than him trying to squirm out of them killing him for screwing up their stolen election. I’ll bet he smelled like flop sweat. You will too in November 2018)

            Mind you, I’ve also advocated stuffing the inept team of Pelosi and Schumer into a circus cannon and shooting it at the nearest retirement home. So, I don’t pander to “liberals” either.

            So comment away, but don’t expect me to “tolerate” breitbart/bannon/ailes horse manure. (I’m thinking 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, maybe the barfly will join his pals).

          • So the word “conservative” appears to be a micro-aggression that causes you to fly off the handle. In general, your website is the Breitbart of the left, pandering to the intolerant left, capitalizing on every claim of racism. Your immediate reaction to “conservative” is “Neo nazi racist.” Perhaps that is an unconscious bias you need to training on.

          • So the word “conservative” appears to be a micro-aggression that causes you to fly off the handle. In general, your website is the Breitbart of the left, pandering to the intolerant left, capitalizing on every claim of racism. Your immediate reaction to “conservative” is “Neo nazi racist.” Perhaps that is an unconscious bias you need to training on.

          • No, I consider myself to be a fiscal conservative, so conservative doesn’t bother me. I have a neighbor who voted for Trump, we don’t talk politics, I don’t fly off the handle at him, I like him.

            My website is not “the Breitbart of the left.” I call neo Nazis and white supremacists what they are. If you don’t like it here, please find a place where you’re comfortable. I don’t leave comments on Breitbart, Stormfront, Infowars or FOX. If you don’t like the company you keep, change your company.

  • Well, I’m retired military, and I feel that anyone who waves this flag is a liar whenever he says the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Charity Dell

    Frosty the Pharoah and the Icicle Group have done nothing to help this huge base
    of poor whites; the same demographic of poor white rural and small-town males–
    ages 45-54–who are dying fast from alcohol and drug abuse; tobacco abuse and suicide.
    Whiteness, KKK and Pro-Nazi slogans Confederate flags do not provide jobs, housing,
    education, health care or a real future for a person or their family.

    President Trump has NEVER “put America first”, as nothing he does or says benefits
    the modern nation-state. His supporters who are not wealthy white males will never
    benefit from his decisions.

    • I agree, that’s what makes his support so amazing in many ways. Despite a gesture or two here and there President Trump has become a traditional Republican in ways that lean towards benefiting the wealthy and hoping that trickles down, which of course it rarely does.

      • Charity Dell

        JACK REALLY–Sadly, this has been the historic pattern for hundreds of years for this
        under-educated demographic. These people were and are ruthlessly exploited by the
        upper-white planter class who did not BOTHER to educate the lower classes and did not
        provide PUBLIC EDUCATION for the bulk of rural and Appalachian citizens. The upper
        crust taught these under-educated illiterate folks that they were “superior” to Native
        Americans and African Americans. The mine owners killed off thousands of these
        people in dangerous, exploding coal mines and let the others die of black lung
        and assorted other diseases. The real enemy of Poor White America has
        always been Rich White America and Corporate America, as symbolized by
        The Part-Time Resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the Icicle Cabinet.

        GENOCIDE BY NEGLECT IS STILL GENOCIDE.

  • I recall that Hillary was called out on her neglect of the coal miners and their declining jobs during the campaign. Her response was to apologize and instead of promising jobs that no longer existed, she said that she would see about reeducation so that these people could get new jobs. But it seems that they do not want new jobs. They want their old jobs back. They don’t want to go to school. The inability to face reality is what fuels these people. This is how they can still look at the actor in chief and be fervent supporters. The diseases of despair-alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, and the like, which is affecting this population is a by product of their heads being in the sand.. Until they understand that time has moved on and we no longer ride horses and buggies, they will continue to drop like flies . And blame others for the sad lives that they are living.

    • It is interesting to me how resilient nonwhite poor communities are compared to the failing white communities- where phrases like “libtard” and “snowflake” are tossed around- along with freely offered advice.

      • These the failing white communities never had to learn how to make a dollar from 15 cents. They were used to the old boy network- grandpa worked here, pa worked here, so jr. just knew he would, too. When these jobs no longer existed , they did not have the resilience to move on to something new. My sister and I speak of this all the time. Yes, the non-white communities have their ills, but not at the record rates that is happening to these white lower middle class people. They never had to learn to rely on themselves- being white was good enough.

        • Fran, your commentary towards white lower middle class people is clearly racist. Shame.

          • Mike, how is this racist? I did not say ALL lower middle class white people, I said SOME. And how is the truth racist? Look it up- this group of people are being decimated by these diseases of despair in record rates. I don’t make up facts, they are there for everyone to see.

    • Just wanted to say, wonderful, thought-provoking commentary you two (Fran and Luke).

      • Thank you.

        Quick story: I spent ten years on the Board of Trustees of Bennett College. There was a crisis early on and I was not looking forward to the board meeting. I was stressed out. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find my fellow board members (I was one of three white people, everyone else was Black) chatting and in their usual sunny good mood.

        They’d seen trouble before and had grace under pressure. We solved our problem.

        The only people who describe the Black community the way Trump does are ignorant and/or racist. Further, almost all of the troubles we see are due to white-run law enforcement and criminal justice malfeasance.

        • You’re welcome Luke, and thank you for your response.

          You are essentially validating the old adage that “whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”, and you (and Fran) are 100% correct. Black people have had to deal with economic/social/justice deprivation for so long, they’ve HAD to become “scrappy” and resilient just to survive. It did, and still amazes me that even through the deep recession that occurred during and after the Bush Presidency, when I looked around my community, for the most part, it felt like business as usual. Now of course, there were a significant number of black people who were negatively impacted, but it seemed that people were just somehow, FINDING ways to make ends meet, and going about their daily lives.

          Contrast that with the large group of members from failing white communities who’ve (over)reacted to economic challenges by becoming more insular, dysfunctional, meaner, and just plain ole more racist because they expected their whiteness to protect them from hardship. The ironic thing is, as you said, those very same people are the ones accusing OTHERS of being “delicate snowflakes” and expecting “handouts”. It’s incredible!

          Lastly, these people are forever attempting to lecture non-whites about personal responsibility in rationalizing the evil that’s perpetrated daily against Black people by an amoral and corrupt (in)justice system, YET they are completely incapable of even recognizing, let alone taking personal responsibility for their voting behavior which is primarily responsible for their current economic condition. Instead, they lash out, and vote for the crazy snake-oil salesman, while Black folk, like “steady Eddie”, continue to vote their interests.

        • You’re welcome Luke, and thank you for your response.

          You are essentially validating the old adage that “whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”, and you (and Fran) are 100% correct. Black people have had to deal with economic/social/justice deprivation for so long, they’ve HAD to become “scrappy” and resilient just to survive. It did, and still amazes me that even through the deep recession that occurred during and after the Bush Presidency, when I looked around my community, for the most part, it felt like business as usual. Now of course there were a significant number of black people who were negatively impacted, but it seemed that people were just somehow, FINDING ways to make ends meet, and going about their daily lives.

          Contrast that with the large group of members from failing white communities who’ve (over)reacted to economic challenges by becoming more insular, dysfunctional, meaner, and just plain ole more racist because they expected their whiteness to protect them from hardship. The ironic thing is, as you said, those very same people are the ones accusing OTHERS of being “delicate snowflakes” and expecting “handouts”. It’s incredible!

          Lastly, these people are forever attempting to lecture non-whites about personal responsibility in rationalizing the evil that’s perpetrated daily against Black people by an amoral and corrupt (in)justice system, YET they are completely incapable of taking personal responsibility for their voting behavior which is primarily responsible for their current economic condition. Instead, they lash out, and vote for the crazy snake-oil salesman, while Black folk, like “steady Eddie”, continue to vote their interests.

          • Tony, I appreciate your points of view. My only comment is that “crazy snake-oil salesman” has economic policies that will benefit all Americans. Now, whether he can navigate the political difficulties in achieving his legislative agenda is a big question mark. But, tax reform and reduced excessive gov’t regulation will help spur economic growth and prosperity for all. In contrast, it could also blow up the deficit so significantly that we are all screwed (the long-term CBO budget projections are an alarming read). I choose to be optimistic though. I hope you choose optimism too.

          • All Americans? Yeah, as long as you’re related to him, a senior executive at Goldman Sachs or in the oil industry. Trump has no plans except to serve his big money masters. That’s how we end up having meetings with Russians that only the Russian press is invited to, 4 guys from Goldman Sachs running finance and commerce, the ceo of Exxon as Secretary of State and Wilbur Ross as traveling companion to kiss the robe of a Saudi King.

            Do you think that charlatan could get a meeting with any of those people when he was a reality TV host and peddler of tough steaks, cheap wine and a bogus university?

            Go worship false idols as he cuts millions from healthcare and cuts the taxes of his overlords.

        • Hey Luke, I tried to post a response but don’t see it pending, so in case it was too long, I just want to say I appreciated your thoughtful reply.

    • Charity Dell

      FRAN–Recall that, in the colonial era of American history, poor, illiterate whites and criminals who filled the
      prisons and jails of England were dumped into ships for North America. When these people arrived, many of them
      were pressed into slavery as “indentured servants”; they were taught by the upper-class “gentleman planters”
      and slave-owning plantation owners that they were “superior” to the highly-skilled, literate Africans who had been
      pressed into slavery. These poor white illiterate ne’er-do-wells did not know that the African slaves WERE ORDERED
      BY SKILL SET TO PERFORM SPECIFIC TASKS. They did not know that many of these Africans were NOT
      necessarily illiterate–many were literate in their own languages and many more Arabic and Hebrew.

      As the South and many southern areas DID NOT HAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION IN SOME AREAS FOR OVER 100
      YEARS, it stands to reason that many poor rural whites in rural areas were never taught the value of education;
      consequently, there would be little push for higher education or changing one’s occupation or way of life. For
      many people in these traditional societies, their way of life and lack of opportunities mirrors many “Third World”
      and developing nations that also have no access to universal free education or any tertiary education available
      for its citizens. The coal mines that killed thousands of Appalachian people would kill even more if they were
      open and operating today.

      The wealthy white upper-crust of rural white America is to blame for its failure to educate the lower white
      classes; its failure to provide jobs, housing and health care for these poor white citizens, and their failure
      to do ANYTHING to raise millions of these people out of stagnating poverty and shortened lives.

      • Charity Dell,I agree with everything you write. I always wondered how it is that so many white people vote against their best interests. They have been brainwashed by the ruling white class to think that they, too , can some day become a part of the rulers, never realizing that they were being manipulated into doing their dirty work .Education is the key and one of the most important benefits that we as citizens have. And you see we now have a secretary of education who has decimated the public schools in her home area and is now branching out to the rest of the country. Between Devoid and the cheetoe, God help us.

    • Fran, Very well-said! Grief, coal mining isn’t the only industry that is growing obsolete; My dad used to fix TV’s, my neighbor owned a VCR rental store, And a good friend worked for Kodak Film. This is not new! Times change, and you either change your tune or get out of the choir. There are plenty of jobs available for those who want to work. Yes, it may not be that wonderful job you had, but it will feed you while you retrain.

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