How did Donald Trump win White Women Voters?
It’s easy to notice when I’m confused. If you’re observing me as if I’m Freud’s dog, I display two behaviors. The first behavior I display is showing my teeth without smiling. I’ll bite up on my top teeth, spread my lips apart while simultaneously using the muscle in my face to open my nostrils and pinch the bridge of my nose.
The second behavior is head scratching, followed by pulling at the extra skin on the bottom of my ear.
So yesterday night after the shock of the election result wore off, I began to pack my apartment as the anticipation begins of what day I will be shipped to my Hunger Games District. I started thinking about how I’ll need to get my hands on a pistol after I volunteer as tribute because certainly I’m not equipped to run around a forest with bows and arrows chasing children. Then I started to yank on my year.
While reading articles on how survive the great depression when I stumbled upon voting statics collected by NBC NEWS. Donald Trump won the election with the voter turnout of rural white men. Yet, he also won white women voters at the polls. Hillary Clinton won women voters overall, 54 percent to Donald Trump’s 42 percent. But not the white ones.
Clinton couldn’t get support from women who look just like her.
Now it’s an appropriate time to confess my identity. I am a mid twenties black man from the city of St. Louis. I was raised by a single mother and I have three brothers and three sisters. We were all raised under the same, Christian household.
2008 was the first year I was eligible to vote and I voted for Barack Obama. I made that decision when I saw his face. His face resembled the face I saw and still see in the mirror.
When I examined Obama, I learned about a successful black man, who preached a Messiah’s message of change. Most importantly I must admit, I examined his face and how it compared to mine.
Since you have kept reading this long, I’ll keep it real with you. There was no way I was not going to vote for Obama. It was my senior year of high school and I was late to school, just like a lot of my other classmates because I had an election to vote in. He won and that night I experienced a euphoria that many other black people experienced. My brothers and I spent the entire night rapping, “My President is Black” lyrics. It was such a good feeling to have someone who looks just like me break the glass ceiling.
I still get goose bumps thinking about it. A man that looks like me became the President of the United States of America.
When I think about Trump becoming President next year I am consumed with fear. The fear of the future and how hard it will be to fight for my causes. The thought of new struggles that have now been bestowed on my demographic because of his ridiculous presidency is frightening.
But I’m still confused. How can white women overwhelming reject the face that looks back at them in the mirror. To reject the image in the mirror is one thing, but to reject it for Trump is mind numbing. I seriously don’t have enough skin on my head and tissue in my ear to scratch and pull on.
Trump has offended Mexicans, Muslims, veterans, disabled people and brown people. Three weeks before the election, he encouraged people on life support to stick around and vote. Apparently it’s more important to the President for people to vote than soak up remaining time with their loved ones.
Women were also targeted in Trump’s vitriol. He insinuated that Megyn Kelly hormones was the reason she challenged him on his long history of misogyny. Trump proposed the myth that a Muslim Gold Star mother was silenced by her husband, who allegedly prevented her from talking about her dead son. He even called his running opponent a “nasty woman” during the final presidential debate. None of this persuaded white women who supported him overwhelmingly, along with the arsonist from rural county’s at the polls.
Not even the Access Hollywood tape, which featured Trump, who was knowingly being recorded, spewing alarming confessions. No budge from this key demographic.
Trump won 78% of conservative women voters. White women from the ages of 45-64, he won 58%. Protestant white women 64% and white women in general 53%.
Now I’m not going to pretend to understand white women, especially conservative white women. However, I know a little something about how American’s vote.
Americans vote based on:
- Perception of Shared Cultural Experiences .
- Political views.
In that order.
I can’t understand how white women could bring themselves to vote for Trump especially over someone who looks like them.
No one is ever going to convince me that white women are politically superior voters, who went to the polls and voted for the best candidate.
But first let me take care of some business. If you are a white conservative women who was never going to vote democratic, I’m not talking about you. If you are a women who did not vote for Clinton because of your politics, whatever they are, I support your decision. It was not my ballot and I don’t cast your votes, so I’m good with yall.
What bothers me is the white women who did not vote for Clinton because they just didn’t like her. Or the other white women who didn’t vote for her because she was a woman.
I remember watching an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, where they interviewed a woman who is a truck mechanic (start video at 4 min’s 50 secs). She is a married white women, who lives in a rural area. She said she wouldn’t vote for Clinton because women are too dramatic to be President. She later reports that she has been the victim of sexism from male customers. She is not the only white woman I have heard with this opinion.
One day at the student newspaper I work for I showed a conservative white 20 -year old copy editor, rapper T.I comments on Clinton. According to Vibe magazine, T.I. said.
“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” he said. “Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”
The copy editor response,” Yes I agree with that, women are too emotional. women are crazy man.” You want more.
I wrote an opinion piece on my schools health department giving out free condoms and not free tampons. My editor, then a 20-year old female was reluctant to do a story, no problem. She said she wanted to wait until the issue was relevant. I wrote the story and we get push back because of the way I excoriated the health department. She was mad at me for name calling. By the way, the school gave out tampons after we ran the story, likely because of the popularity of my editorial . That editor is still mad at me because of that.
I got some more for you. Me and my friend attended a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in a downtown square. After we grabbed some beers from a bar, we walked outside toward the parade. We were standing behind a gate where people lined-up, there are tables and chairs outside the bar just behind the gate. I place my beer down on the table and a white man who was leaning on the rail turns around and says,
“Let me move my wife’s purse out the way. Don’t want you to spill something on it. Technically it’s my purse, I paid for it. I payed a lot of money for this purse and I take better care of it.” His wife is white, she is late twenties to early thirties.
I got one more story for you. I work part -time in the middle of the night. It’s easy work. I have a female co-worker. She is a white and above age 40. She is a mother of two daughters who also works at my place of employment. Tuesday was the first time she had ever voted. She voted for Trump because that’s what her husband instructed her to do.
The last example might be extreme and hopefully rare. A women who was intimidated by her husband and unwilling to lie about what her secret ballot said, that’s a sad story.
It was never going to happen
What I think is messed up is, white women had a chance to live vicariously in Clinton as black American’s and worldwide in Obama, and passed. They passed on the opportunity twice.
I don’t remember during this election cycle, Carly Fiorina receiving the basic instinct support of conservative women. She never had a chance but unlike Clinton was extremely unknown. Fiorina however, was on that debate stage with Trump and conservative women didn’t turn out to support her.
I watch a lot of “MSNBC’s Morning Joe”. One thing struck me when Mark Halperin was explaining how the polls missed on Trump’s victory. He said when the Access Hollywood tapes were released, it didn’t change a single voters mind about Trump. They had already chosen to stop Clinton.
Clinton was always too disconnected from white women. I believe she was shunned by both demographics that she could have been labeled. Single career independents like the New York Times Maureen Dowd, never forgave Clinton for leaving her job as a lawyer to become the first lady of Arkansas.
Career independent white women lashed out at Clinton for chasing a family life. Believing she was pathetic for loving Bill Clinton, a serial cheater and misogynist in his own right. They believed she turned her back on the once promised feminist leader from Wellesley.
Then Clinton was never fully embraced by the woman of Arkansas because she wouldn’t take Bill’s last name. Then Bill’s allegations came out. Hillary stood by Bill and was demonized for it. White mothers in great numbers have disowned Clinton who they see as privileged and tactical.
That’s where I’m confused. Here is a smart woman who gave up her life to get married to the man she loved. He cheats on her, she stays with him and the public never forgives her. Bill gets elected president twice, she is scorned by the country.
Hillary became an accomplished Senator after her husbands presidency, she worked hard as Secretary of State. After all that she is still shunned by her own community.
For Hillary, this election was all about the emails and distrust. The FBI investigations never once produced any validity to the claim her opponent made about her. Even the Clinton foundation scandal is more rumor that facts. Yet Hillary still lost to a man Tuesday, who is being sued for scamming people on an education.
Clinton is greeted by white women with the scorn of middle school bathroom gossip walls.It makes no sense, I invite any of you to explain it to me in the comment section below.
Until thin I’ll been learning how to climb trees. #HungerGames2018