Thought this is relevant to the disconnect some people seem to be experiencing.
https://www.quora.com/How-did-Trump-win … tor-Liu-37
How did Trump win when practically everyone predicted Hillary would?
If you don’t understand how Trump could win before Nov. 8th, I totally understand you.
If you still don’t understand how Trump won now, you have a serious arrogance and ignorance problem.
I would assume you, the reader to this answer, live in a urban area in either Northeast or the West Coast, college educated, a typical left-wing supporter and advocator for your entire life.
That’s nice. You work in the office with HVAC on 24/7/365. You go to gym after work, watching news from CNN or NBC on the treadmill. Then you eat your dinner out somewhere with a friend, probably not cooking at home. Sometimes you fly between NYC/Boston and LA/SFO for business. When you look down from the plane window and see those endless farmlands and mountains in the midwest, you are thinking “I can’t imagine living a life down there.”
When you saw Trump won, you were shocked. Holy shit! There’s not a single person around me who supports Trump, how could he win?
That’s where the problem is. You are living in a completely different world than those Trump supporters.
When you refuel your car, have you ever wondered where the gas comes from, if not imported? Who drilled the oil for you?
When you charge your phone, have you ever wondered where the electricity comes from? Who dug the coal to power the plant?
When you shop in the supermarket, have you ever wondered where the fresh vegetables and fruits come from? Who drove the truck all the way from California to New York to deliver those goods?
Those are the people who support Donald Trump. Have you ever talked to anyone of them?
Without you, they can still feed themselves, but without them, you will be starved to death.
So now how could you despise them as “uneducated redneck racists”?
When they watch the news, even when watching Fox News, the camera is always on the big cities far away from them. They are ignored, as if they don’t exist in this country. No one pays attention to them, and no one speaks for them, until Donald Trump.
They could drive a truck for $8k a month 20 years ago working 60 hours a week, but now the illegal immigrants are willing to do it at $3k. They lost their jobs.
They could work in a factory for $4k a month 20 years ago, but now the job goes to China and Mexico. They lost their jobs.
You can’t urge a 40-year-old man having a family to raise to go to college again and learn programming. They can’t and they can’t afford.
You also can’t say in 10 years robots are doing the job for them and they should just vanish because they can’t follow the era.
They are human beings. They are lovely nice people. They don’t hate you. They work hard so you can live a comfortable life. Why do you hate them? Why do you label them as racists, xenophobia, bigots without even knowing how hard their lives are?
When they are losing jobs and falling into poverty, they stay at home and turn on the TV, see Obama and Hillary speaking on ABC News: “The biggest problem we are now facing is climate change.”
And they sigh, they switch to Fox News and see Donald Trump speaking on his rally in Detroit MI: “We need to rebuild our inner cities, we need to bring jobs back.”
When they saw Obama visiting NYC after hurricane Sandy in 2012, but was playing golf when the devastating flood in Louisiana destroyed thousands of homes this summer, they knew they were forgotten.
When they saw Trump visiting Louisiana after the flood, a state that he didn’t need to campaign at all, they knew someone actually cared for them.
If you are them, who will you vote for?
They are the silent majorities. They live in your flyover states. They don’t care about LGBT or BLM. They are not racists or homophobia. They just want jobs to feed their families.
Please throw away your arrogance and start to care about those people. They are Americans too. They are more American than you are, since some of your clients and costumers are foreign.
They have no methods to let you hear them. They only have their ballots. They vote to knock you out of your utopia. That’s the power of democracy. That’s why democracy is great. It never ignores anyone.
If you believe your value is progressive and right, you need to help them getting out of their trouble first. You can’t blame and mock them. It will only push them away from you even more.
Trump has been a democrat longer than republican in his life, but he could still defeat 16 republican candidates and won more votes in the primaries than anyone else in the history. This has already proven that the silent majorities are much more tolerant now on social issues. They just want someone to fix the economy for them.
Now it’s your chance to work with them, help them under the 4 years of Trump’s presidency. Stop protesting and introspect yourself. Isn’t your arrogance and ignorance that brought Trump to the White House?
This side steps the most important point: the media colluded with powerful individuals to create a consensus and push a narrative to achieve a goal just as we saw with Brexit. Time to question what else they lied to the american people about and start talking and listening to our neighbors.
Or we can just carry down the road and believe everyone we disagree with is *-ist and scream and burn shit in the streets.
Trump knew who to focus on, so I can't be mad at him for that, which was Hillary's biggest mistake but now they know how minorities have felt for the longest on many fronts, so suck it up. Everyone is trying to feed their families on both sides, urban and rural. Now, I'm against all the riots and protesting, on both sides, because there really is no point. He's in there for 4 years so all this ruckus isn't going to change anything or make anyone really care. It's not going to get him out, so they to deal with it the best they can, continue living their lives, and stop wasting the energy on this intense anger. Also, I fully blame Trump for the recent violence from HIS supporters (hate crimes, etc) because he did incite and encourage it; just listen to all he was saying during his campaign. Encouraging others to physically harm people, calling black protesters "thugs", encouraging sexual assault, the list goes on. The BEST that moron can do to quell the situation is tell them to "stop it" when he was asked in an interview how he felt about which tells me he hasn't been paying attention to jack shit that's been going on before and after he was "elected". Not condoning whatever the Hilary supporters have done, but it did seem like the media would exclusively focus on whatever Trump supporters were doing and painting them in a bad light. Supporters from BOTH sides are acting nutty and they all need to grow up, find some sense, and find a way to respect and work with one another in coping with this. The problem is they're refusing to and instead deciding to act like children throwing tantrums and calling people names; even though I do still think Trump acts like a toddler. Minorities and Majorities are in this together so we should put these differences aside and move on. Still trying to figure out how/why he got elected doesn't mean you're "arrogant" or "ignorant", the election was just last week. It speaks to those, like myself, who are honestly and genuinely trying to understand it because it doesn't make sense. It's our way of coping, but it's not fair to assume that we're all arrogant and ignorant. Hell, I knew Trump was a former democrat for quite a while but he did a complete turn-about.
However, I always did, and still do, believe Trump is full of shit and delusional because he's now trying to back-track and "soften" up the promises he made on the trail, which also tells me he was mostly concerned with getting votes. Whoever wrote that needs to get over themselves, to be honest, and consider ALL people that are going to be affected within the next 4 years. He's painting urban people as materialistic, spoiled, and all around brats which isn't fair. I live in the city but I also have seen what it's like in rural areas with the supposed "silent minority". He's not being very fair in his argument but instead attacking people who live in cities, so really they're doing exactly what they're saying we shouldn't.
"Hey evil, why don't you eat my butt?"