You can’t be saying that (if) you’re the president.
That’s from Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.
See Anderson understands something that Dominique (who I introduced you to on Saturday) apparently doesn’t. Namely that it’s not a good idea to install an ignorant racist in the presidency.
Now as I’ve said before (and the anti-Trump crowd would probably vehemently disagree with me here), I’m not entirely convinced that Donald Trump is a full-blown bigot.
Calling Mexicans “rapists” and suggesting that all black people know each other doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a bigot, it just means you’re an idiot. Just like the fact that you “grabbed [a few] of ’em by the pussy” doesn’t make you a sexist, it just makes you a creep (and technically a criminal).
In short, I don’t think Donald Trump gives a sh*t one way or another about Mexicans, African Americans or women. As George Clooney famously put it in one of the roles that launched his career (“From Dusk ‘Till Dawn”), “you can all live forever or you can die this second, and I don’t give a sh*t which, [I just want to get to the Titty Twister].”
But as I never tire of reminding you, Donald Trump isn’t the real problem here. Steve Bannon is. Because Steve Bannon is a racist. And a bigot. And unlike Trump, he’s no idiot. The same goes for Marine Le Pen. That’s why it’s so alarming to me that Le Pen has managed to secure some 40% of the youth vote in France (see the post linked above).
Fortunately, America’s youth ain’t buyin’ it. In a new AP poll, 57% of adults age 18 to 30 think Trump’s presidency is “illegitimate”.
Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.
“You can’t be saying that (if) you’re the president,” says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.
That Trump is undeniably the nation’s 45th president doesn’t sit easily with young Americans like Anderson who are the nation’s increasingly diverse electorate of the future, according to a new poll. A majority of young adults – 57 percent – see Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of blacks and large majorities of Latinos and Asians, the GenForward poll found.
GenForward is a poll of adults age 18 to 30 conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
A slim majority of young whites in the poll, 53 percent, consider Trump a legitimate president, but even among that group 55 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing, according to the survey.
“That’s who we voted for. And obviously America wanted him more than Hillary Clinton,” said Rebecca Gallardo, a 30-year-old nursing student from Kansas City, Missouri, who voted for Trump.
Trump’s legitimacy as president was questioned earlier this year by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.: “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
Now cue the person who will say you can’t trust this poll because it was conducted by the Black Youth Project. Those will be the same people who completely miss the irony inherent in claiming not to be racist but simultaneously calling into question a poll just because it was conducted in part by African Americans.