And why did you vote for Mr. Trump, young lady?

Yesterday I watched about ten minutes of a conversation between a Trump voter and a Clinton supporter. It was all pretty cordial but incredibly frustrating. The Clinton supporter talked about issues; the Trump advocate talked about very little—mostly Fox News talking points which she had memorized. She also said she didn’t need to see the news anymore because she knew what was happening.

Psychic or idiot? You figure it out.

Today an article appeared in the New York Times—an explanation from eleven women as to why they voted for Trump. If you want to know why Hillary Clinton lost the election, you might read a couple of excerpts. If you want to feel better, don’t read any of it, because among the explanations are passages like the following:

If I turned down every candidate who objectified women, I’d vote for no one. (Next time, consider that.)

I’m super excited about Trump. I believe he knows how to build things. My dad worked at a coal power plant for 39 years and they’re freaked out about energy changing too quickly. (I didn’t say these statements made sense, but damn it, can we stop changing energy…please!)

I made up my mind for Trump at the last minute. I had an 8-year-old who was totally on the Trump train. He talked me into taking him to a Trump rally. I expected him to be like what I’d seen on the news, saying hateful things. But his presence was very calming and I liked his talking points. (Listen to an 8-year-old, elect an 8-year-old.)

Somebody called me a racist because I did vote for Trump. Hold on, you don’t know me. Doesn’t that make you a racist by calling me a racist when you don’t know me? (No If I called you a racist and you’re not a racist and then you call me a racist and I’m not a racist, then there’s no such thing as a racist unless we do it simultaneously. Use that argument at your next meeting of the Algonquin Round Table.)

Trump’s a successful businessman. (Just like Bernie Madoff.)

He wants to bring America back to what it was before. I don’t think it’s taking us back to women have no rights or slavery days. (English translation to follow.)

Benghazi. The emails. The I.R.S. She’s a liar. The Clintons got wealthy because of their position. I’d rather have someone there who doesn’t need the money. (It’s not the needing I’m worried about—it’s the wanting more.)

That last theme—Hillary Clinton’s dishonesty—recurred often, a tribute to James Comey, I suppose.

I realize now that too few people understood the issues, Democrats and Republicans. On that blank slate the constant utterances about Clinton’s dishonesty etched deeply, especially when the leader of our beloved FBI verified it. Clinton may have a run a flawed campaign, but the brainwashing of ignorant voters carried the day…and in the end too many of us listened to 8-year-olds.

 

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Chuck Radda

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2 thoughts on “And why did you vote for Mr. Trump, young lady?”

  1. There were so many insignificant, petty things I could list about Hillary that may have cost her votes, like wearing suits that looked like grandma’s hooked rug (she would have been better off wearing the bullet proof vest on the OUTSIDE) and her screeching when she made a speech. On the other hand, how does one garner the votes of people who never learned to THINK, let alone think critically, about anything of consequence, like women’s rights, the environment, climate change, sexuality and gender, or economics.

    I know you’re a teacher, but our educational system either is not teaching kids how to think and reason or there are too many failing kids just falling by the wayside, shored up by their anti-school peers, and a pop-culture dominated by non-celebrities, non-reality shows, beer, football, “social” media, and now, sadly, “false” news.

  2. I have thought about this too, and though I’d love to blame the current generation of teachers, it’s people like me who are probably guilty. Students I had in the 70s and 80s often appear on Facebook touting the excellence of Trump. They’re in their fifties now, and some of them were not the best students anyway; however, many were. Back then I took for granted the fact that young people would always think progressively—always take the path that promised more freedom and opportunity. I was critical of the Puritan rigidity and sympathetic to Franklin’s “modernism” and maybe assumed that proofs were not necessary. I remember first reading about a group called Young Republicans and thinking it was an oxymoronic joke. Thence the Tea Party, et al.

    Beyond that, the “math and science” fetish has eroded social sciences and made them second-class subjects. Critical thinking is not required for the reading of tweets, and history and English have become quaint majors. Making money requires the study of money. Ask the idiot-elect. And if you get a chance, read this:

    then tell me (1) how alien this is to the behavior of the Trump voters, and (2) when we will ever hear a president talk and/or think that way again. At our age, probably never. I do blame educators—those of us who knew better dropped the ball and turned out people impervious to the topics you mentioned. But give them a catchy shibboleth and they’re good to go.

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