I explain the 2016 election so you won’t have to keep swallowing all that other nonsense you’ve heard (unless of course you want to)…..
What Hillary Clinton said (Columbus, Ohio, Town Hall, March 13, 2016, in response to a question from CNN’s Roland Martin about why poor whites should vote for her):
So for example, I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim (ph)?
And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories.
Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.
What poor white people heard:
What Donald Trump said (Cleveland, Ohio, accepting the nomination at the Republican Convention, July 21, 2016):
“I will fight for you!”
What poor white people heard:
“Well I know he means the first three words. I’ll take a chance on the other two.”
Bear this in mind whenever someone tries to “explain” the 2016 election to you.
Politics–especially democratic politics–is rarely about rational argument.
For the rust belt workers and miners occupying the dead and dying towns from western Pennsylvania to upstate Michigan and downstate Ohio to rural Iowa and Wisconsin–and who comprised a majority of the two hundred counties that voted for Obama twice then switched to Trump–it really wasn’t that hard a call.
Hillary Clinton had a nice, rational, focus-grouped message. The people she was trying to reach–and who it turned out she needed–would never have responded to it even if they had believed her.
It was a message they had heard before. From both parties.
They knew what it was worth,.
Donald Trump, who has actually implemented a lot of the policies Clinton talked about in that interview (job training, prison reform, fighting back on China’s theft of intellectual property) didn’t campaign on them. He campaigned on the gut issue: I’ll save your town. I’ll bring back your jobs. And I’ll take the taunting from Ms. Clinton’s legion of friends in the respectable media–not to mention her Wall Street handlers–who say it can’t be done.
If he meant that–and a lot of people thought, and still think, he did–then everything Ms. Clinton said could be so much assumed as part of the package that only a tool would think it needed saying.
That’s the cold hard reality of politics. It’s not what you say or don’t say or even what you mean or don’t mean that matters.
It’s what people hear.
Hope ya’ll are catching on here…..Because you’ll want to be ready when I get to my explanation of the Fourth Turning of the Empire.
Meanwhile, walk us away from here Gina….