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2017-09-09 01:38:58 AM  
He has policy proposals?
 
2017-09-09 01:41:56 AM  

fusillade762: He has policy proposals?


Was going to point out he doesn't actually have any. He uses vague language and his supporters just sort of fill it in for themselves with whatever junk they think is important.
 
2017-09-09 04:11:50 AM  
Well, okay, Trump supporters are racists, and in other news water is wet.

But....actually, this needs to be reported far and wide in the media.  It's not just that Trump voters are racist, it's that their primary motivation for voting the way they do is racism.

Let that sink in.
 
2017-09-09 06:54:46 AM  
Trump supporters are racist?
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2017-09-09 06:56:46 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: Trump supporters are racist?
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Example: that Atlantic article from a couple of days ago, about the first White President.  The only one who didn't work his way up to the position, but got it solely for being white and racist.
 
2017-09-09 07:06:52 AM  

Alphax: HMS_Blinkin: Trump supporters are racist?
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Example: that Atlantic article from a couple of days ago, about the first White President.  The only one who didn't work his way up to the position, but got it solely for being white and racist.


If anybody ever doubted that being a white man in America means you have a lower bar to clear than everyone else, Donald Trump's existence should erase those doubts completely.
 
2017-09-09 07:35:40 AM  
How is this different than the Yertle and Liftbro technique for gaining support?
 
2017-09-09 07:38:19 AM  
They're notracistbut, they don't think blacks people should be getting anymore assistance.
 
2017-09-09 07:40:23 AM  
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2017-09-09 07:44:06 AM  
Back in 2013 I confronted my mom on her inability to defend her hatred of Obama. Christ, the woman even used her butter knife to cut his face out of her restaurant placemat.

She was deeply, deeply hurt at my accusations. She could not elaborate on any reason why she was so angry at Obama being POTUS but it was totally not racism.
 
2017-09-09 07:46:00 AM  
This doesn't have anything to do with bias in the media, tv and movies in showing white heroes and minority villains or bumbling sidekicks, I suppose.

I don't like Trump, but he didn't invent racism. I know Republicans are just more blatant in general.
 
2017-09-09 07:46:52 AM  
You're the REAL racist for reading this article and comprehending its content.
 
2017-09-09 07:59:22 AM  
Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.
 
2017-09-09 08:03:00 AM  

hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.


Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do. The problem is that when people start feeling anxious (economic or otherwise) they like to have someone to blame. If they already have racist ideas, those ideas usually lead them to blame people of other races. Plenty of studies have shown that anxieties cause elevated feelings of racism and bigotry.

Basically, it's not an either/or proposition. They feel economic anxiety AND they are racist and the two feed off each other in a lovely feedback loop.
 
2017-09-09 08:05:27 AM  

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Back in 2013 I confronted my mom on her inability to defend her hatred of Obama. Christ, the woman even used her butter knife to cut his face out of her restaurant placemat.

She was deeply, deeply hurt at my accusations. She could not elaborate on any reason why she was so angry at Obama being POTUS but it was totally not racism.


It's weird, for damn near a decade, I've had to listen to people blame Obama for anything and everything. Conservatives absolutely loathe the man and hold him accountable for stubbing their toes and killing their dogs. That "Thanks Obama" meme exists for a reason.

Now that Trump is POTUS, he definitely gets a huge amount (of justified) hate, but honestly I blame his supporters and so do most liberals I know. We know who he is, he's not acting out of character - he's always been a piece of shiat and remains as such. But for people who still support him at this point, I pretty much hate them. If someone regrets their vote, I'm the first to welcome them into reason with open arms. But to still support Trump in Sept 2017, you're beyond hope. They're the problem.
 
2017-09-09 08:06:15 AM  
What crap. The fact that your eyelid twitches when you see a picture doesn't mean you don't have a complex, nuanced view of rolling back tyrannical government. You eyelid twitches, your fists close, your teeth grate, your sphincter clenches, your eyes narrow, you throw your Dodge into gear using the stick shift with the confederate flag and stomp on the accelerator, all that means nothing.

Plus, he weighed 200 pounds, and he flipped off the camera in his facebook picture, thugga thug, wake up, America.
 
2017-09-09 08:08:27 AM  

eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.


Horseshiat.

But the definition of "working class" and similar terms is fuzzy, and narratives like these risk obscuring an important and perhaps counterintuitive fact about Trump's voters: As compared with most Americans, Trump's voters are better off. The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000, based on estimates derived from exit polls and Census Bureau data. That's lower than the $91,000 median for Kasich voters. But it's well above the national median household income of about $56,000. It's also higher than the median income for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, which is around $61,000 for both.
 
2017-09-09 08:13:59 AM  
Shouting OOGA BOOGA while holding said pictures helps too.
 
2017-09-09 08:15:27 AM  

Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.

But the definition of "working class" and similar terms is fuzzy, and narratives like these risk obscuring an important and perhaps counterintuitive fact about Trump's voters: As compared with most Americans, Trump's voters are better off. The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000, based on estimates derived from exit polls and Census Bureau data. That's lower than the $91,000 median for Kasich voters. But it's well above the national median household income of about $56,000. It's also higher than the median income for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, which is around $61,000 for both.


This assumes that the demographics of primary voters are a good indicator of the demographics of general voters.  I'm not saying that's wrong, but it's also not clear that this is true.  You're making an assumption that the two groups are similar when we know that primary voters are more engaged than general voters and we also know that more engaged voters tend to be wealthier.
 
2017-09-09 08:15:29 AM  

Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.


Right back at you buddy. I understand those statistics and am contemptuous of anyone who claims that all or even most Trump voters are uneducated or poor. They are clearly not.

However, two things:

1. Averages and medians are just that. Plenty of Trump voters are in fact economically working class or lower.

2. You can feel economic anxiety even if you are, seemingly, doing fine income wise. My household is in the top 25% of incomes in this country. However, for reasons I won't bore you with, I feel anxious about our economic future. Beyond that, I worry about my kids as the future ain't looking great.

None of this is a defense of racism as a response to anxiety. However, the "either/or" arguments are nonsense. It's racism AND economic/other anxieties.
 
2017-09-09 08:17:03 AM  

hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.


That was such a bullshiat excuse.  Guess what, EVERYONE whose net worth is less than $1B probably feels some degree of economic anxiety.  We ALL want more, and we ALL have at least some reason to fear that our standard of living could degrade.  Those fears are more realistic for some people than others, but even so, no one has any guarantees in life.

The only certainty is uncertainty, and no one is comfortable with an uncertain future.  That's human nature, not an excuse to vote for a racist.
 
2017-09-09 08:19:39 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

That was such a bullshiat excuse.  Guess what, EVERYONE whose net worth is less than $1B probably feels some degree of economic anxiety.  We ALL want more, and we ALL have at least some reason to fear that our standard of living could degrade.  Those fears are more realistic for some people than others, but even so, no one has any guarantees in life.

The only certainty is uncertainty, and no one is comfortable with an uncertain future.  That's human nature, not an excuse to vote for a racist.


You seem confused. Explaining something is not excusing it. Being a racist is inexcusable and, yet, studies have shown that we can, to a degree, explain why racist ideas become more prominent at different times.

It's much like how we can, to some degree, explain the rise of Nazism in Germany. That doesn't excuse it.
 
2017-09-09 08:21:18 AM  
In the study, said Vox's German Lopez, "the trio of researchers exposed respondents to images of either a white or black man. They found that when exposed to the image of a black man, white Trump supporters were less likely to back a federal mortgage aid program.

So they were from mortgage companies?
 
2017-09-09 08:21:48 AM  

Rand Paul's Anus is Leaking: Well, okay, Trump supporters are racists, and in other news water is wet.

But....actually, this needs to be reported far and wide in the media.  It's not just that Trump voters are racist, it's that their primary motivation for voting the way they do is racism.

Let that sink in.


Good thing no one has been cultivating that threart for close to 4 decades. We might have a real problem on our hands....
 
2017-09-09 08:21:56 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.

But the definition of "working class" and similar terms is fuzzy, and narratives like these risk obscuring an important and perhaps counterintuitive fact about Trump's voters: As compared with most Americans, Trump's voters are better off. The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000, based on estimates derived from exit polls and Census Bureau data. That's lower than the $91,000 median for Kasich voters. But it's well above the national median household income of about $56,000. It's also higher than the median income for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, which is around $61,000 for both.

This assumes that the demographics of primary voters are a good indicator of the demographics of general voters.  I'm not saying that's wrong, but it's also not clear that this is true.  You're making an assumption that the two groups are similar when we know that primary voters are more engaged than general voters and we also know that more engaged voters tend to be wealthier.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/06/05/its-tim​e​-to-bust-the-myth-most-trump-voters-were-not-working-class/?utm_term=.​f111ed62c2da

What about the general election? A few weeks ago, the American National Election Study - the longest-running election survey in the United States - released its 2016 survey data. And it showed that in November 2016, the Trump coalition looked a lot like it did during the primaries.
Among people who said they voted for Trump in the general election, 35 percent had household incomes under $50,000 per year (the figure was also 35 percent among non-Hispanic whites), almost exactly the percentage in NBC's March 2016 survey. Trump's voters weren't overwhelmingly poor. In the general election, like the primary, about two thirds of Trump supporters came from the better-off half of the economy.
 
2017-09-09 08:23:34 AM  

Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.

But the definition of "working class" and similar terms is fuzzy, and narratives like these risk obscuring an important and perhaps counterintuitive fact about Trump's voters: As compared with most Americans, Trump's voters are better off. The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000, based on estimates derived from exit polls and Census Bureau data. That's lower than the $91,000 median for Kasich voters. But it's well above the national median household income of about $56,000. It's also higher than the median income for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, which is around $61,000 for both.


1. $72k/yr for a household and experiencing economic anxiety are not mutually exclusive.
2. Half of Trump's supporters in that study make less than that.

The point of your article is that economic anxiety was not as large a factor as some believe or would like you to believe, not that Trump voters don't experience it.
 
2017-09-09 08:26:07 AM  

eiger: HMS_Blinkin: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

That was such a bullshiat excuse.  Guess what, EVERYONE whose net worth is less than $1B probably feels some degree of economic anxiety.  We ALL want more, and we ALL have at least some reason to fear that our standard of living could degrade.  Those fears are more realistic for some people than others, but even so, no one has any guarantees in life.

The only certainty is uncertainty, and no one is comfortable with an uncertain future.  That's human nature, not an excuse to vote for a racist.

You seem confused. Explaining something is not excusing it. Being a racist is inexcusable and, yet, studies have shown that we can, to a degree, explain why racist ideas become more prominent at different times.

It's much like how we can, to some degree, explain the rise of Nazism in Germany. That doesn't excuse it.


The news reports about Trump voters' economic anxiety always seemed like very sympathetic explanation, and a sympathetic explanation is very similar to an excuse.

At the end of the day, I don't think that "economic anxiety" is a meaningful thing.  Everyone (or everyone but maybe a few hundred of the world's wealthiest people) feel "economic anxiety."  Look at how hard rich people fight against any taxes; even obscenely wealthy people are worried about having their standard of living degraded even slightly.  If economic anxiety + racism = Trump support, then economic anxiety + tolerance = Clinton support, because I guarantee that just as many Clinton voters felt economic anxiety.

"Economic anxiety" cancels out of those equations because it is not unique to Trump voters, so we're back to racism.  That's what this ultimately distills down to.
 
2017-09-09 08:33:05 AM  

eiger: Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.

Right back at you buddy. I understand those statistics and am contemptuous of anyone who claims that all or even most Trump voters are uneducated or poor. They are clearly not.

However, two things:

1. Averages and medians are just that. Plenty of Trump voters are in fact economically working class or lower.


The survey I linked above said only 35% were under $50K. "Plenty" is not enough to make a blanket statement about all of them, which the original comment was. 

2. You can feel economic anxiety even if you are, seemingly, doing fine income wise. My household is in the top 25% of incomes in this country. However, for reasons I won't bore you with, I feel anxious about our economic future. Beyond that, I worry about my kids as the future ain't looking great.

The "economic anxiety" trumpers reportedly had was Mexicans are taking jobs, jobs are going overseas, and manufacturing jobs aren't a thing anymore, meaning small towns aren't able to survive anymore. I am willing to bet that is not what you are anxious about, regardless of the two being economically related.
 
2017-09-09 08:39:44 AM  

Rand Paul's Anus is Leaking: Well, okay, Trump supporters are racists, and in other news water is wet.

But....actually, this needs to be reported far and wide in the media.  It's not just that Trump voters are racist, it's that their primary motivation for voting the way they do is racism.

Let that sink in.


No matter how hard their apologists and flacks try to spin it.

They are racists.
 
2017-09-09 08:39:54 AM  

thurstonxhowell: Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.

But the definition of "working class" and similar terms is fuzzy, and narratives like these risk obscuring an important and perhaps counterintuitive fact about Trump's voters: As compared with most Americans, Trump's voters are better off. The median household income of a Trump voter so far in the primaries is about $72,000, based on estimates derived from exit polls and Census Bureau data. That's lower than the $91,000 median for Kasich voters. But it's well above the national median household income of about $56,000. It's also higher than the median income for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, which is around $61,000 for both.

1. $72k/yr for a household and experiencing economic anxiety are not mutually exclusive.
2. Half of Trump's supporters in that study make less than that.

The point of your article is that economic anxiety was not as large a factor as some believe or would like you to believe, not that Trump voters don't experience it.


The argument being put forth here is that "Trump voters were anxious because SOME of them were anxious." Well, the following are also true:

Trump voters were racist.
Trump voters were left handed.
Trump voters were born on a Tuesday.

SOME of Trump's voters were racist, SOME were left-handed, SOME were born on a Tuesday, so I can simply say "Trump voters were".
 
2017-09-09 08:43:16 AM  
I know Trump apologists have debased themselves in embarrassing fashion over the past year and a half, but now that we're at the point where you have to claim that living on $75k in Frog Balls, TN constitutes "economic anxiety," please shut the fark up you  disingenuous twats.
 
2017-09-09 08:45:45 AM  

eiger: Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.

Right back at you buddy. I understand those statistics and am contemptuous of anyone who claims that all or even most Trump voters are uneducated or poor. They are clearly not.

However, two things:

1. Averages and medians are just that. Plenty of Trump voters are in fact economically working class or lower.

2. You can feel economic anxiety even if you are, seemingly, doing fine income wise. My household is in the top 25% of incomes in this country. However, for reasons I won't bore you with, I feel anxious about our economic future. Beyond that, I worry about my kids as the future ain't looking great.

None of this is a defense of racism as a response to anxiety. However, the "either/or" arguments are nonsense. It's racism AND economic/other anxieties.


When a Trump voter is presented witb a black person experiencing economic strife, the Trump voter believes its the black persons fault.

When a Trump voter is presented with a white person experiencing economic strife, the Trump voter believes its the black persons fault.
 
2017-09-09 08:47:20 AM  

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Back in 2013 I confronted my mom on her inability to defend her hatred of Obama. Christ, the woman even used her butter knife to cut his face out of her restaurant placemat.

She was deeply, deeply hurt at my accusations. She could not elaborate on any reason why she was so angry at Obama being POTUS but it was totally not racism.


I gotta say, I respect your mom's dedication at cutting him out of a placemat with a butter knife.

I am also slightly terrified of her.
 
2017-09-09 08:47:51 AM  

Occam's Disposable Razor: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Back in 2013 I confronted my mom on her inability to defend her hatred of Obama. Christ, the woman even used her butter knife to cut his face out of her restaurant placemat.

She was deeply, deeply hurt at my accusations. She could not elaborate on any reason why she was so angry at Obama being POTUS but it was totally not racism.

It's weird, for damn near a decade, I've had to listen to people blame Obama for anything and everything. Conservatives absolutely loathe the man and hold him accountable for stubbing their toes and killing their dogs. That "Thanks Obama" meme exists for a reason.

Now that Trump is POTUS, he definitely gets a huge amount (of justified) hate, but honestly I blame his supporters and so do most liberals I know. We know who he is, he's not acting out of character - he's always been a piece of shiat and remains as such. But for people who still support him at this point, I pretty much hate them. If someone regrets their vote, I'm the first to welcome them into reason with open arms. But to still support Trump in Sept 2017, you're beyond hope. They're the problem.


The farked up part is that the people who were just beside themselves over our black President are even MORE agitated and paranoid since the election! Republicans own everything at federal and state levels but are these people finally finding relief at whitey being back in charge? Hell no! They're convinced Obama has a secret lair where he's like some cartoon super villain pulling levers and switches as he maniacally cackles as he undermines Donald Trump's Presidency. They're stockpiling food, water and ammunition because they're convinced we're on the brink of a Second Civil War with ANTIFA socialists.

I'm not kidding. These idiots are more lathered up and crazed NOW then they were when Obama was actually President. They're farking idiots.
 
2017-09-09 08:51:20 AM  

LarryDan43: eiger: Lackofname: eiger: hissatsu: Now that's just impossible. I was told they just felt economic anxiety.

Well, here's the thing: a lot of them do.

Horseshiat.

Right back at you buddy. I understand those statistics and am contemptuous of anyone who claims that all or even most Trump voters are uneducated or poor. They are clearly not.

However, two things:

1. Averages and medians are just that. Plenty of Trump voters are in fact economically working class or lower.

2. You can feel economic anxiety even if you are, seemingly, doing fine income wise. My household is in the top 25% of incomes in this country. However, for reasons I won't bore you with, I feel anxious about our economic future. Beyond that, I worry about my kids as the future ain't looking great.

None of this is a defense of racism as a response to anxiety. However, the "either/or" arguments are nonsense. It's racism AND economic/other anxieties.

When a Trump voter is presented witb a black person experiencing economic strife, the Trump voter believes its the black persons fault.

When a Trump voter is presented with a white person experiencing economic strife, the Trump voter believes its the black persons fault.


That's messed up, but probably true.
 
2017-09-09 08:51:29 AM  
Conservatives are racists, you guys. I've been here telling you this like every day for years.

Most conservative policy is specifically designed to fark with black people. This is what animates them, it's central to their governing philosophy.
 
2017-09-09 08:53:48 AM  

fusillade762: He has policy proposals?


Sure.  Erase anything the previous president touched.
 
2017-09-09 08:54:19 AM  
Well, in my experience, every Trump MAGA person I've known has been super mean and nasty.
 
2017-09-09 08:54:44 AM  

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: I know Trump apologists have debased themselves in embarrassing fashion over the past year and a half, but now that we're at the point where you have to claim that living on $75k in Frog Balls, TN constitutes "economic anxiety," please shut the fark up you  disingenuous twats.


If I was making $75K right now, with my debt load, I'd still be experiencing economic anxiety. Try not to assume "making a high salary" immediately equates with "having no monetary worries".
 
2017-09-09 08:56:46 AM  
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2017-09-09 08:58:14 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Conservatives are racists, you guys.


/ and libs eat wieners

What else is new?

 
2017-09-09 09:01:22 AM  
 
2017-09-09 09:01:46 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Conservatives are racists, you guys. I've been here telling you this like every day for years.

Most conservative policy is specifically designed to fark with black people. This is what animates them, it's central to their governing philosophy.


Conservatism hinges on spite. Yes, there is racism towards every shade that isn't lily white, but that's not the beginning and end; they have more than enough hate to go around. It's not like they'd say "Oh, the poor person is white? Give them a handout." It's a philosophy that says "fark you, unless it effects me".
 
2017-09-09 09:03:57 AM  
You mean a guy who got his political start with birtherism might appeal to racists?  Who knew!
 
2017-09-09 09:04:08 AM  

cookiefleck: Well, in my experience, every Trump MAGA person I've known has been super mean and nasty.


I wish i could know  your experience just to learn what sort of person i am.
 
2017-09-09 09:05:34 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: I know Trump apologists have debased themselves in embarrassing fashion over the past year and a half, but now that we're at the point where you have to claim that living on $75k in Frog Balls, TN constitutes "economic anxiety," please shut the fark up you  disingenuous twats.

If I was making $75K right now, with my debt load, I'd still be experiencing economic anxiety. Try not to assume "making a high salary" immediately equates with "having no monetary worries".


Most people in the nation don't live in downtown San Francisco though . 75K isn't too bad in Anytown USA these days .
 
2017-09-09 09:05:42 AM  

zappaisfrank: Occam's Disposable Razor: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Back in 2013 I confronted my mom on her inability to defend her hatred of Obama. Christ, the woman even used her butter knife to cut his face out of her restaurant placemat.

She was deeply, deeply hurt at my accusations. She could not elaborate on any reason why she was so angry at Obama being POTUS but it was totally not racism.

It's weird, for damn near a decade, I've had to listen to people blame Obama for anything and everything. Conservatives absolutely loathe the man and hold him accountable for stubbing their toes and killing their dogs. That "Thanks Obama" meme exists for a reason.

Now that Trump is POTUS, he definitely gets a huge amount (of justified) hate, but honestly I blame his supporters and so do most liberals I know. We know who he is, he's not acting out of character - he's always been a piece of shiat and remains as such. But for people who still support him at this point, I pretty much hate them. If someone regrets their vote, I'm the first to welcome them into reason with open arms. But to still support Trump in Sept 2017, you're beyond hope. They're the problem.

The farked up part is that the people who were just beside themselves over our black President are even MORE agitated and paranoid since the election! Republicans own everything at federal and state levels but are these people finally finding relief at whitey being back in charge? Hell no! They're convinced Obama has a secret lair where he's like some cartoon super villain pulling levers and switches as he maniacally cackles as he undermines Donald Trump's Presidency. They're stockpiling food, water and ammunition because they're convinced we're on the brink of a Second Civil War with ANTIFA socialists.

I'm not kidding. These idiots are more lathered up and crazed NOW then they were when Obama was actually President. They're farking idiots.


When you're handed everything you want, everything you've been told will solve the problem, and nothing changes, you got two options: consider you were wrong and that the people you believed are wrong, or go to great lengths to find a scapegoat.

Self reflection is not a strong suit among these folks.

They've been convinced that the only people they can trust are InfoWars, Breitbart, and Trump himself. Everyone else is "in on it". And no way any of those sources are going to go "Wow, Trump is failing us".
 
2017-09-09 09:08:08 AM  

Karac: You mean a guy who got his political start with birtherism might appeal to racists?  Who knew!


The "liberal" media did a shiat job at calling out birtherism for the thinly-veiled racism that it was.  They gave it legitimacy it didn't deserve.  It was based 100% on racism, but no one wanted to call that out.
 
2017-09-09 09:08:20 AM  
This predates Trump by a long shot, he's just been the most open about it. Many studies found the same racial bias with Tea Party supporters and I would bet you would see the same results with the Freedom Caucus supporters.

But whereas the GOP used to be able to publicly disavow them, as Bob Dole did, they have maneuvered themselves into a position where they simply can't win elections without the bigots.

Poppa Bush with his Willie Horton campaign and Jr. courting the Evangelicals had a lot to do with alienating the more moderate mainly economic policy GOP voters, but this has been brewing for my entire lifetime.  

Nixon's Southern Strategy, Reagan's "welfare queens" etc etc. etc. none of this is new. I've never seen it so blatant and unrepentant though.
 
2017-09-09 09:10:16 AM  

RottenEggs: Gyrfalcon: Schroedinger's Glory Hole: I know Trump apologists have debased themselves in embarrassing fashion over the past year and a half, but now that we're at the point where you have to claim that living on $75k in Frog Balls, TN constitutes "economic anxiety," please shut the fark up you  disingenuous twats.

If I was making $75K right now, with my debt load, I'd still be experiencing economic anxiety. Try not to assume "making a high salary" immediately equates with "having no monetary worries".

Most people in the nation don't live in downtown San Francisco though . 75K isn't too bad in Anytown USA these days .


Having a higher salary doesn't mean you're immune to living outside your means. Or immune to debt.
 
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