I’ve recently seen a ton of mud slinging on Geek blogs about this… going back and forth over and over.
I am not a Trump supports, I did not vote for him… I didn’t vote for Hillary either, just as an FYI. However I have been someone… interested in the election turnout, partially because of how unexpected it was, but also because of what it represented.
I want to approach this as someone from the outside looking in and attempt to be as unbiased as I possibly can be. Having spoken to a lot of Trump supporters, including ones in my own family, and read a lot other literature from his supporters, I’ve noticed several interesting trends… So let’s try to debunk the myths one at a time…
- Trump supporters are racist because they are anti immigration.
– Okay, this argument is problematic on many levels. I don’t know a soul who is anti-immigration. I think you mean anti-ILLEGAL immigration. Most of the people I’ve spoken to have all voiced concerns over an open border, which allows for the entry of terrorism, drugs, crime, and more unskilled labor into an already saturated marketplace. Many have voiced that when these people do commit crimes, they are simply deported, allowing them to re-enter the country. The fact that most of the people flowing over the border from the south are of Hispanic descent is incidental in their eyes and would be seen as no different if these people came from one of any of the European nations.
Just because the majority of illegal immigrants are of a certain race, it is not racist to be against it as illegal immigration knows no skin color.
- Trump supporters are anti-women because they’re pr0-life
Ugh… I’ve heard this one before, and as someone who is actually pro-choice, viewing the government’s ability to dictate what people do with their bodies as horrific, I can honestly say that this is a MAJOR stretch.
The reason why so many of the right is against abortion is because they view a fetus as a living person, you may disagree and there are legitimate arguments either way, but that is their belief. Thus it follows that they believe that killing a fetus is morally wrong and said fetus’s right to life ‘trumps’ the woman’s right to choose. It is not about subjugating women.
Whether or not you agree with their view is irrelevant. The point is that these supporters don’t see these issues as issues of race or gender, but of practicality and ethics surrounding life.
But what about rape and incest?
Most of the ones I’ve spoken to agree that there are exceptions to the rule. The only ones that don’t, typically fall under the fringe and tend to be a minority.
I would also like to note that many people who label themselves pro-choice… limit their choice to matters of abortion… other bodily choices… such as Cassadra C‘s case, were applauded by the left…
“After a week, they decided to force chemotherapy on me. I should have had the right to say no, but I didn’t. I was strapped to a bed by my wrists and ankles and sedated. I woke up in the recovery room with a port surgically placed in my chest. I was outraged and felt completely violated. My phone was taken away, the hospital phone was removed from my room and even the scissors I used for art were taken.”
Ugh… but I digress…
Before I go on, I want to address the elephant in the room… Are there genuine racists and sexists who support Trump? YES! Of course there are, just as Al Gore was endorsed by Fred Phelps and Barack Obama was endorsed by Rev. Wright. However, in each case, these people do not represent the voter base as a whole. The MSM has done a fine job lumping supporters in with people like them, but this is a dishonest and unethical practice that is extremely unfair.
The Westboro Baptist Church hates Trump, as does the New Black Panthers, what does that say for people who don’t like Trump? This is a game that anyone can play.
If racism/sexism didn’t get Trump elected, what did?
Honestly? I think… of all people… Seth McFarlane said it best…
I agree with him 100%. People on the right and in the middle were just tired of the regressive leftist agenda, as well as their hypocrisy…
(HOW is this not racist AND sexist again? Moving on…)
and it wasn’t just white people either…
A lot of people who voted for Trump were tired of this. In truth, in no other political climate that I can think of would Trump ever seriously be considered a legitimate candidate for the U.S Presidency.
The problem is that conservatives and moderates have been caught in the space between spaces where they either give up their Freedom of Speech, or if they say anything contrary to what the regressive left views as the moral right, they get labelled any number of hateful terms and risk losing their job and public image.
To them, this was a chance to fight back against it.
More specifically, working-class white people and men in general got fed up with being told that they’re automatically and inherently sexist and racist because of superficial attributes that are beyond their control, even when they haven’t done anything to hurt or oppress anyone.
When they try to speak out against those that tell them that they somehow benefit from racist and sexist institutions that they have nothing to do with, they are instantly told to check their privilege. This is despite many of them being unemployed, living in trailers, or being employed at menial jobs just like any other race or gender.
But Jim, on average, wouldn’t you say that the average Black person has it worse? I mean look at Chicago!
Truth. No one is disputing that OVERALL they have it worse, but that does not diminish the overall problem. The average income of white people does show as being significantly higher than other races due to the fact that the majority of millionaires and billionaires are white, but these people are the minority and not representative of the overall demographic, which is contrary to what regressives and the MSM want you to believe.
Rather these people seem to believe that because they are white, they are somehow automatically immune to hardship due to some ill-conceived notion of privilege, and then call them racist and sexist if they disagree.
So when people see these types of people make those same accusations against Trump that they made against practically everyone else… even their own people, when it suits the narrative, they see it for what it is and it only serves to bolster Trump’s numbers.
In short, Trump supporters are not only conservative white men. Their group seems to be made up of progressives that wanted to break away from identity politics and the regressive movement, people of minorities who are sick of being constantly treated live victims and spoken down to, and moderates who have been forced over to the right due to the all-or-nothing ideology of the left.
Again, I am not nor have I ever been a Trump supporter… but I can understand why so many people are and for the most part, I can say that it really has nothing to do with gender, race, or any other identity politics.
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