aside Answer to Question: Who Is Voting For Donald Trump?

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Bloggers like Rob Goldstein have been pondering on the puzzle, who is supporting Donald Trump (See link below)? After some research, I have determined that in general, Donald Trump has significant numbers of supporters in segments of the American peoples including: Evangelicals, law enforcement, military and white blue collar workers, 1/2 of whom are not ideological and who rarely vote.

The Washington Post has published an Op-ed piece, titled, “Jerry Falwell Jr.: “Trump is the Churchillian leader we need,” dated 8/19/16 by Jerry Falwell Jr. which answers this question, in part. The following are some excerpts:

Evangelicals

“In the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, American voters were forced to choose between a liberal Democrat and weak establishment Republicans. Democrats won both times. In the 2010 and 2014 midterms, tired of the leftist agenda, voters sent an unmistakable message to Washington: Republicans took control of the Senate and filled more seats in the House than at any time since 1929. Still, nothing changed.”

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“This moment is historic because Donald Trump is not another establishment Republican.”

“We have lived through nearly eight years of weak leadership from a president who did not sign the charter to create the Islamic State but whose policies had the intended or unintended effect (we will be debating that for decades) of breathing life into the lungs of the terrorist group…Obama and Clinton pulled our troops out of Iraq, drew and then quickly erased a red line in Syria”

“All of this was enabled by a feckless establishment Republican Congress.”

“Obama and Clinton are the Neville Chamberlains of our time. The deal to make $150 billion available to Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world and a nation committed to the destruction of Israel, clearing the way for Iran to become a nuclear power, reminds me of Chamberlain’s deal with Hitler in 1938, when the British prime minister declared “peace for our times.”

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“Domestically, Obama and Clinton have pushed to $19 trillion the debt that our children and grandchildren will somehow have to find a way to repay. Even our noble law enforcement has been demonized by the Obama administration, and anarchy is erupting in our cities.”

“Thank God we now have the opportunity to elect a strong leader, one who is not afraid to call the enemy by its name and to take the battle to that enemy if necessary.”

“I personally chose to support Donald Trump for president early on and referred to him as America’s blue-collar billionaire at the Republican National Convention” because of his love for ordinary Americans and his kindness, generosity and bold leadership qualities. My family has grown to love all of the Trumps because they are wonderful people willing to sacrifice much for their country. The public perception of Trump that has been created by the media is simply false.”

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Police Officers

Jim Hoft, author of Gateway Pundit, posted on a 3/14/16 article,”John Cardillo: 90% of Chicago Police Officers Support Donald Trump After Friday UIC Rally.” Mr. Hoft partially  explains to inquiring minds, who are Mr. Trump’s followers. Mr. Hoft writes:

“Radio host and former police officer John Cardillo, who has a large police audience, says 90% of Chicago police officers support Donald Trump after Friday’s UIC rally was canceled.”

 “Donald Trump canceled his massive rally at the UIC auditorium on Friday night due to security threats. Trump prevented what possibly could have been a very violent situation. The local police officers appreciated this.”

“Leftist protesters cheered, beat Trump supporters, blocked an ambulance to the local hospital and screamed profanities at families staying at the Trump Hotel.”

“Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich sided with Bill Ayers, Black Lives Matter, Communists and violent far left protesters.”

“The anti-Trump protesters blocked ambulances and screamed at emergency workers, “F*ck you! F*ck you! Back up and go around!”

Ranking Chicago PD source just told me that Rahm’s office “suggested” CPD cut manpower for rally despite protest threat.

The anti-Trump mob beat police officers outside the arena.
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“John Cardillo told his audience today that a trusted police officer friend in Chicago told him this weekend that before the UIC rally 70% of police officers supported Donald Trump. After the rally was called off and GOP candidates sided with the violent mob – 90% of police officers support Donald Trump.”

Military

According to a 5/16/16 Military Times article, “In a new survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump emerged as active-duty service members’ preference to become the next U.S. president, topping Hillary Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin. However, in the latest Military Times election survey, more than one in five troops said they’d rather not vote in November if they have to choose between just those two candidates.”

White Blue Collar Workers

A 3/18/16 Politico article by Timothy Noah reports:

“According to Levison the white working class breaks down into three groups. The first group is older, more conservative, and mostly male voters generally located far from urban centers, disproportionately in the South, Rocky Mountains and Great Plains states. Their voting pattern is well established. In presidential elections they vote republican. (This group) responds favorably both to Trump’s protectionist rhetoric and to what might be called his anti-diversity message–strident opposition to legal Muslim immigration and illegal Latino immigration, frequent denunciation of political correctness and relative indifference toward police mistreatment of African Americans.”

“Trump’s best chance for new voters, Levison says, is with the third group. These are nonideological voters, “not racists, not motivated primarily by hate…so much deep frustration” with politics and the economy…the demoralized or apolitical white working class voters, and they constitute nearly 1/2 of the white working class.”

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Typically this group does not vote and these are the new voters that Trump is bringing into the republican camp. This is why the republican party is hesitating to dish Mr. Trump, as the party really needs these voters. This also explains why the democratic presidential nominee, Mrs. Clinton with the VP Joe Biden is targeting places like Scranton, PA., where many blue collar workers have lost the good paying manufacturing type jobs.

This blog was updated on 8/20/16.

Related Articles:

Who the Hell’s Voting for Donald Trump?” – Art by Rob Goldstein  https://robertmgoldstein.com/… 8/15/16  writing about Trump, he asked, “Who the Hell’s voting for Donald Trump? … Trump supporters occupy an inverse version of the U.S.

 Will Blue-Collar Dems Run to Trump? Fuhgeddaboudit! – …http://www.politico.com/…/will-bluecollar-dems-run-to-trump-fuhgeddaboudit-213…Politico Mar 8, 2016 – 

12 comments

  1. Gronda, I still have trouble why evangelicals are supporting this man? He embodies many things that Jesus preached against – ego, exploitation of others, lying and cheating, demeaning of others, hatefulness, philandering, multiple wives, etc. As for the military, I have the same thoughts with his disdain for John McCain, the Khan family, the purple heart donor coupled with his the 50 retired security officers, 70 Republican leaders, three CIA directors, three Directors of Defense and multiple retired generals who say this man is unqualified in temperament, experience and understanding to be Commander in Chief.

    His fervent followers are not paying attention to real news and what others are saying. And, they certainly are not looking at his history. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      Many of the so called Christian evangelicals are showing their true colors. “Look at their fruit,” which stinks to high heaven.

      I read a June 15, 2016 Time Magazine article by Mark Thompson who wrote:

      There is private concern inside the U.S. armed forces about Trump’s fitness for command, but good luck getting anyone to say so on the record. The military is built upon what it calls “good order and discipline,” a pair of attributes rarely attributed to Trump. While a recent unscientific independent Military Times newspaper survey had Trump outpolling all-but-certain Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a greater than 2-to-1 margin, many view that as a desire for change rather than support for Trump. “There is concern in the military about Trump, but they really want a change,” Zinni says. “There’s a lot of unhappiness about the plight of the military, the funding and the way wars are being prosecuted.” According to this thinking, Clinton is unlikely to make such wholesale changes in the U.S. military.

      I suspect that when a newer poll becomes published, it will show less favorable numbers. But that is a guess.

      Thanks for stopping by, Gronda

        • Keith, The same to you.

          Frankly my answer is depressing. You would like to think that all of Donald Trump’s followers are racists, misogynists, angry, hating people who are susceptible to a con man, but alas, this is not the case. While this does represent a significant segment of his followers, there are others who do not fit this profile. It seems that many other supporters could be described as disaffected folks who are feeling disrespected and not valued for their sacrifice (military and law enforcement) and others who believe that they have been left behind to where they are no longer part of the American dream and so, why even bother to vote.

          When, I return from Chicago to Florida, I will be working (volunteering) to help HRC get elected.

          Living in a swing state, Gronda

        • Gronda, it is depressing. Evidence shows DT is an excellent sales person, but not as capable a business manager. Two paraphrased quotes from “The Art of the Deal” are reflective – (1) tell a lie three times and it will be believed. (2) tell people their fantasy and they will believe you can make it happen.

          He has been keen to address the disaffected, but what he is selling as a solution, which are bumper sticker slogans and himself, are not solutions to more holistic problems. Fear sells and he is laying it on thick. Best wishes in my home state, as I was born and raised in Jacksonville. Keith

        • Keith,
          Hi, to a displaced Floridian!!

          It is too bad that Donald Trump is such a flawed candidate. He does have a message that resonates, “I’ll get things done.” Most of us are realistic in that we know that Government is essential. People like me just want it to be limited, effective and accountable. Most of all, we want it to work.

          It infuriates me to learn that we are still waiting for the pipes (ones leaching lead into the water) to be replaced in Flint MI, a problem created by lousing governing or the N.C. story that you blogged about; and the floods which are devastating southern Louisiana….(lack of focus on crucial infrastructure updates and denial of climate change)

          Frustrated, Gronda

  2. Gronda, so right about the infrastructure and climate change. Louisiana will likely have the toughest time with sea level rise and increased flooding over the rest of the century. It amazes me the Governor of my former home state of Florida is surrounded by sea water on three sides, yet he forbids his staff from speaking about climate change. Senator Rubio, who threw away his advantage of being the voice of the new generation of Republicans, did so in part, by not admitting climate change was a real threat. The irony is Dade County and three others are spending $200 million to hold back the encroaching sea which is coming up through the porous limestone and threatening their cities and the Biscayne aquifer. It is frustrating. Keith

  3. I’ve come to the conclusion that the extreme right makes up facts and uses it’s media to promote these fabrications. The comparison of Trump to Churchill relies on a constituency that has no sense of history.

    Churchill was what the American Right would call a career politician. He was a self taught writer and an accomplished artist. He won a Nobel Prize in literature. Comparing Obama and Clinton to Neville Chamberlain ignores what Trump represents as an historical parallel. Jerry Falwell Junior is truly his Father’s son. How sad for him and for his followers.

    From Wikipedia:

    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD PC DL FRS RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a non-academic historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

    Churchill was born into the family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a charismatic politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer; his mother, Jennie Jerome, was an American socialite. As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Anglo–Sudan War, and the Second Boer War. He gained fame as a war correspondent and wrote books about his campaigns.

    At the forefront of politics for fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of Asquith’s Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign caused his departure from government. He then briefly resumed active army service on the Western Front as commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government under Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, then Secretary of State for the Colonies. After two years out of Parliament, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Baldwin’s Conservative government of 1924–1929, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy.

    Out of office and politically “in the wilderness” during the 1930s because of his opposition to increased home rule for India and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII, Churchill took the lead in warning about Nazi Germany and in campaigning for rearmament. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. His speeches and radio broadcasts helped inspire British resistance, especially during the difficult days of 1940–41 when the British Commonwealth and Empire stood almost alone in its active opposition to Adolf Hitler. He led Britain as Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured.

    After the Conservative Party lost the 1945 election, he became Leader of the Opposition to the Labour Government. He publicly warned of an “Iron Curtain” of Soviet influence in Europe and promoted European unity. After winning the 1951 election, Churchill again became Prime Minister. His second term was preoccupied by foreign affairs, including the Malayan Emergency, Mau Mau Uprising, Korean War, and a UK-backed coup d’état in Iran. Domestically his government laid great emphasis on house-building. Churchill suffered a serious stroke in 1953 and retired as Prime Minister in 1955, although he remained a Member of Parliament until 1964. Upon his death aged ninety in 1965, Elizabeth II granted him the honour of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history.[2] Named the Greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 poll, Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential people in British history, consistently ranking well in opinion polls of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill

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