aside The U.S. Divide Between President’s Supporters And His Resisters

Today, 4/29/17, is the 100th day that the republican President Donald Trump has been ensconced in the White House. Those of us who are non supporters have been despairing to see how the president has reneged on so many of his promises like draining the swamp from those representing Wall Street and special interests; doing away with rules obligating financial advisers to act in the best interests of the retirement accounts’ consumers; rolling back companies’ emission standards regarding toxins and other pollutants; backing the republicans repeal and replace Obamacare plan that was a more expensive and worse product, etc. The list is endless.

What is shocking is that the presidents hardcore supporters which appear to be about 35% of the population are still fully backing him and his agenda. They believe him instead of the facts reported by the mainstream media. His followers are convinced that the media is not treating him fairly and that he is doing his best to live up to all his commitments to them.

Image result for photo of pro trump protestersIn Ohio, there there are two towns where one is inhabited by mostly anti-Trump voters and the other by the president’s loyalists. The author below recently visited both places to report on the people’s current attitudes.

Here is the rest of the story…

On 4/27/17, Ed Pilkingtonin in Warrensville Heights and Chardon, Ohio penned the following article for The Guardian, ” One nation, two Trumps: America as divided as ever after first 100 days.”

Excerpts:

He’s a puppet for rich folk’

We invited residents of Warrensville Heights, who voted Democratic in the presidential election, to tell us the word that came into their minds when they heard the phrase: “Donald Trump’s first 100 days”.

They came up with:

  • Horrible
  • Stress
  • Clown
  • Money
  • Surprising

Then we put it to Trump voters in Chardon. They said:

  • Bold
  • Fast
  • Action
  • Illegals
  • Filter

“So what did they mean? Why, for instance, did Kim Williams, 47, an African American woman who works at a loans and lottery company, Cash2Go, in Warrensville Heights, say “stress” when Trump’s 100 days was evoked?”

“I say ‘stress’ down to how he’s handling things for the people,” she said. “Truthfully, I think he’s a puppet for rich folk.”

She checked off Trump’s travel ban for visitors from Muslim-majority countries, his deportations of non-criminal Latino immigrants, and his failed attempt to scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as evidence of his discrimination against minorities and in favour of the wealthy. Then she used a vivid metaphor to describe how she believes the president has been duping the American people. “He offers us with real nice food – steak and fries – but when he comes to give it to you it’s presented on a trashcan lid.”

“By similar measure, why did Ward Lawrence, 81, a white salesman in Chardon, come up with “bold” when given the Trump test? A clue perhaps was that he’d just spent three hours listening to Rush Limbaugh’s rightwing talk radio show.”

“Bold? Look at what he’s done. I think he’s doing what’s best for America … the Keystone pipeline, he threw out Environmental Protection Agency regulations, he told companies not to move jobs out of the country.”

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CHARDON

“No worries about climate change? “That’s a fabrication,” he said. “Entirely made up by people who benefit financially from it, starting with Al Gore.”

“Lawrence has no doubt that 97% of Chardon – his figure – would vote for Trump again. “Oh yes, absolutely.” And he, too, has a ripe metaphor for why that should be so. “We suffered for eight years kissing Obama’s ass because he was black. Now Trump says it like it is.”

‘We are the forgotten people’

“Trump expended much of his energy on the campaign trail last year, and a good deal of it since he entered the White House, talking about his devotion to the “forgotten” people. That was barely concealed code for white working-class and middle-class Americans.”

“The strange thing about Ohio is that the equation is reversed. If anyone has been forgotten in these neighboring communities, it is the poor black inhabitants of Warrenville Heights.”

“The area around Jack Racino, a horse racing and gambling casino in the center of the city, has a desolation epitomized by the local mall that has closed and is being razed to rubble. Letters from its welcome sign, Randall Park, lie in great plastic shards in puddles of oily water where a couple of geese paddle forlornly.”

“Life is tough enough for the residents of the “friendly city”, as Warrensville Heights styles itself. Median income for a household is $33,000, compared with $54,000 in white Chardon. Infant mortality rates in Cuyahoga County are 11 deaths per 1,000 live births, twice the national average.”

“Despite such hardship, Trump is proposing to make life worse for the folk of Warrensville Heights. It’s not just his ongoing efforts to scrap the ACA, also known as Obamacare, which would disproportionately impact poor families.”

“He is also attempting in next year’s budget to cut back on meals on wheels services for elderly people, and free transport for them to hospitals. That’s why Gregory Gaines, 49, a building worker whose mother-in-law is dependent on such assistance, thought of the word “horrible” to sum up Trump’s 100 days.”

“Trump’s ethics aren’t right,” he said. “His thinking seems to be to take from those who have not, to give to those who have.”

“But the president says he is on the side of the forgotten people. “Forgotten people?” Gaines guffawed. “We are the forgotten people. I’ve yet to see him do anything for the black community.”

“Kay, 58, who runs a school for hair and nail beauty stylists, chose the word “clown”. She said: “I believe Trump’s so used to being on TV that’s how he’s running the country like a reality show. He says things he knows aren’t true, like the crowd size at his inauguration, but wears a mask that makes him look as though it’s true.”

“Kay said she thought the assault on funding for the women’s health network Planned Parenthood was especially reprehensible. She was derisive also about the senior White House team, namely adviser Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sean Spicer – “they talk about fake news, but I heard more fake news from them than anybody” – and daughter Ivanka –“could I get a job description?”

“Across the road, Darius Smith, 29, responded to the Trump test with the word “money”. He gave a simple reason: “I think Donald Trump bought his way into the White House.”

“Smith is a gold buyer, which sounds more glamorous than it is. Local residents bring their broken jewelry to him to pawn or sell. A glass showcase in the store is entirely bare, while Smith works at a counter behind iron security bars.”

“Like most others in Warrensville Heights, he voted twice for Obama before backing Clinton in November. So how does he think Donald Trump has done in his first 100 days? “He hasn’t done anything. The travel ban didn’t go through, and that was a horrible idea.”

Link to Article:

One nation, two Trumps: America as divided as ever after first 100 days https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Donald Trump-4/27/17

12 comments

  1. During the campaign for the office of the President, when talking to people who I knew would actually vote in the election, one common theme was very apparent and visible. The hate for President Obama based on the color of his skin, and his perceived bias for the black population, which had been preached by the various right wing media sources was number one on the list. If I were to assign blame for the political environment becoming so hostile and hateful, it would have to be toward a select group of people who not only encouraged hate and division amongst our population but IMO in many ways force fed it to them thru the late night talk radio hosts. the tRump was carried to victory (?) on the backs of a population that was fearful of losing their majority status and mistakenly thought he would be able to restore that status.

    • Dear Crustyolemothma,

      I couldn’t agree more. The republican party has been turning a blind eye to the alt right (White Supremacists) in their midst and thereby encouraging the worst impulses of peoples. FOX TV NEWS and right wing blogs like Breitbart have contributed to this divide.

      For awhile every FOX TV pundit was declaring the BLM protests to being anti-police instead of peoples just wanting a fair shake.I remember when FOX TV was making George Zimmerman into some kind of a hero when instead, he was the thug instead of Trayvon Martin.

      And this is beyond how they treated our former Presdent Barack Obama.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. I hope you don’t mind this link to a utube video being provided, but it does give a little insight into the inner workings of the tRump administration. Is it 100% factual and accurate, I simply do not know, however it does pretty well show what we on the outside have seen about this man and his agenda.. One thing that is well known is that the group of people that this man has appealed to were strong supporters of the tRump and his alleged agenda.

  3. Gronda, his followers are not paying attention to his actions and the chaos, lying and incompetence which is pervasive in his White House. His tax proposal turns his back on his followers, he is budget proposal screws over coal miners who lost their jobs, his rolling back environmental rules harms people, his offending leaders and lack of understanding of trade (per The Guardian today) is harmful to jobs, and his lack of understanding of health care led to a poor effort to repeal and replace the ACA. Per David Brooks, a conservative pundit, he believes it will take longer, but his followers will begin to catch on. Keith

      • Dear Keith,

        Thanks for the reference. If I were running things, It would be my goal to co-opt those voters who voted for President Obama in the past but who took a chance on DDT in 2016, as part of the resistance.

        But they need to face the reality that DDT is full of hot air but short on delivery.

        Ciao, Gronda

  4. If the Alt Right truly believe in what they are saying and not just six-pack shouting then they would be advised to read history in general and see where this sort of hate and division leads.
    It is no use them trying to hide behind the pretext of chanting U-S-A as if America is somehow immune from the forces which have shaped and also destroyed nations ‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand’…and before they go screeching anti-Lincoln words, I would advise them to check their Bibles….

    • Dear Roger,

      You said it perfectly. DDT is not working to “make America great again, but instead DDT is trying to push this country towards becoming a third world country, and I don’t want to live there.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Although it is much vilified at times The US still has a written constitution and a carefully crafted Separation of Powers which is robust enough; though this will require those on the moderate sides of the debate coming together over a shared love of this nation as it is meant to be….not easy of course.
        I have to come around to the fact that there is Brexit, and now it’s doing whatever one us able to stop the wooly-heads who think we can revert back to the 18th and then 19th century ways of conducting politics and trade.

        • Dear Roger,

          Right now, most Americans are grateful to our forefathers who took steps to blunt the attempts of an authoritarian type leader to garner the power he/ or she would want. Thank goodness for the separation of powers and the 1st amendment of freedom of the press along with granting its citizens with the right to protest.

          You are right about the Brexit vote. While you can’t turn back the clock, those of a like mind can voice opposition to policies that are not beneficial while taking advantage of whatever benefits this exit does give the UK. The best you can do is to mitigate any harm this move will cause.

          Ciao, Gronda

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