Salena Zito has done a wonderful treatment of who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and why they will be back in 2020. Amazing to me, of course, is that the Democrats were able to hold onto these people for so long. Democrats have been spitting in the faces of these people for decades. They chose the coasts over the labor unions in these hollowed out cities and suburbs. They threw them away. These people are Americans, they take a kick in the teeth and they get back up and start anew. I’ve always taught my children and anyone who will listen to me that America is unique in that 2nd, even 3rd chances are there for the taking. No other country in the world would give you the opportunity to both reinvent yourself time and again and be successful at it. The beauty of this great nation is the heart of this great nation, the middle-class. You aren’t the rich (though you could be) and you aren’t the poor (though you could be) you are on the way up, and in that time your family is doing fine. It is hard to come back, it isn’t for the weak of heart, and the heart of this country is far from weak. The 2016 election was far from a fluke
On the back roads and side streets of places like Erie, Pa., and Kenosha, Wis., emerge blue-collar optimists, evangelical pragmatists and suburban vacillators who turned the dials just enough to shock the body politic, leading to an emerging populist-conservative alliance that wrecked the old partisan framework.
Far from a fluke, the 2016 election was a product of the tectonic plate-grinding of our society — a backlash against globalism, secularism and coastal elitism. An August 2017 survey of 2,000 self-reporting Trump voters in the Rust Belt, commissioned by me and my co-author, revealed their motivations, priorities and decision making, and reinforced what we had found in our interviews.
In “The Great Revolt,” out Tuesday, we pinpoint and describe several archetypes of the new Trump voter, many of whom broke ranks to back him. Those hoping to predict what comes next in American life should study them — because the ballot box likely won’t be their last venue for change.
I like the word “rubes” being used when speaking about us because it tells me that the left still has no clue. We aren’t stupid, we aren’t the un-educated masses as they believe. We are Americans 1st, last, and always, and our love for America and keeping her special will always overcome the Democrats attacks on her The 2016 election was far from a fluke
ERIE, Pa. — Dave Millet bears a striking a resemblance to Kenny Rogers as he stands outside the Ugly Tuna Tavern on Peninsula Drive in this northeastern Pennsylvania industrial town.
It’s a resemblance he’s taken advantage of for the past 30 years as an impersonator at local bars and casinos in the region. “It’s fun and it’s extra income. Here, let me show you,” he says as he stands up to sing:
“You got to know when to hold ’em,
Know when to fold ’em,
Know when to walk away,
And know when to run.”
A group of young people cheer him on as they walk inside the tavern.
Millet (inset) hasn’t had an easy life. He’s been up, he’s been down, he’s been up again only to be struck down by illness. Now he’s back up again.
Never once has he ever given up.
“You can’t give up. You reinvent yourself, you make bank, you find a way. I’ve lost plenty of jobs and I’ve earned plenty of jobs. You just keep climbing back up,” he says.
Unconventional candidates attract voters for unconventional reasons, and the way Americans pick presidential candidates can be as emotional as any consumer behavior.
One group uniquely attracted to Donald Trump, regardless of their politics, were voters who had experienced setbacks in life, and saw the same kind of vulnerability and recovery in Trump they had experienced themselves.
For this group, which I’ve named the Rough Rebounders, Trump’s appeal was inextricable from his foibles, be it bankruptcies or family ruptures or tragic mistakes.
In his underdog status, they found a candidate with whom they identified. Trump’s constant positioning of his candidacy as counter to the Republican party’s desires, and even his unvarnished struggle with factual accuracy on the campaign trail, affirmed him as the candidate of last chances, and won him a legion of loyalists among Americans facing their own second, or even last, chance in life.
“Yes, I’d absolutely vote for Donald Trump again,” Millet, 68, says. “But here again, like Reagan, I’m gonna keep his feet to the fire. Long as he’s trying, as long as he makes sure he has our back, well then he has my support.”
The so called blue wave the media would propagandize you to believe isn’t coming, it didn’t come in 2012, 2014, or 2016. Americans gave the Democrats another shot in 2008, and they threw it away on their coasties. Remember the hit and run media telling you America We Are All Socialist’s Now The swath of red between those coasts aren’t giving up what they’ve clawed back. Midterms 2018: Democrat’s ‘Blue Wave’ Debunked
All U.S. House seats are up for grabs this November. However, only one-third of those in the Senate are. The Democrats currently hold the majority of them — 23 out of 33. Another two are Independents who are part of Chuck Schumer’s Senate coalition. As for the eight Republican seats up for re-election, they are all in deep red states.
Remember when Wendy Davis was going to turn Texas blue? Or when Hillary was supposed to win in the South? Why is this time different? It isn’t and the “blue wave” is just another myth. Especially when looking at where the seats up for re-election in the Senate are. Winning the House, of course, is not easy. If it does happen, inner-party conflicts between high-profile Democrats might make it meaningless.
Nothing about the red mass across this nation has changed since 2010, the first time voters for Republicans in 2016 will either show up in November or they won’t, the rest of us show up every election. We started our revolution in 2010 (trying to keep it via the ballot box) you might as well accept the fact – we will be there in 2018.