A couple of months ago, we got some rather amusing reader e-mail regarding a post called “61% Of Stupid White People Now Say Trump Is Insane.”
Now for one thing, the title was obviously tongue-in-cheek. If you didn’t get that, well then … see the title.
But some of the criticism seemed to stem from readers just not understanding why what we highlighted in that post was important. As a reminder, we cited a Quinnipiac University poll which showed that, when asked whether the President is “level-headed”, 61% of white voters with no college degree answered “no.”
Assuming the majority of those respondents understood that not being level-headed is a bad thing, that statistic is a disaster for Trump. His campaign was, at least in part, built on securing the support of uneducated white voters who, frankly, were duped into believing that somehow, a New York billionaire had their best interests at heart. When nearly three quarters of that constituency – uneducated white people – think you’re crazy, that’s a bad sign to the extent you think that support base still matters.
Well, that support base clearly does still matter to Trump. On Saturday, he tweeted a Washington Post article (note: when he thinks the coverage is positive, suddenly WaPo isn’t “fake” anymore) which described how the Trump brand has effectively fooled working class Americans into funneling money into the RNC’s coffers. Worse than that, some of the contributions are being used to pay for Trump’s legal defense in the Russia probe. Recall these rather sad excerpts from our piece:
Of course small donors have no conception of where their money is going.
One of these small donors is Martha Adams 70, a retired speech pathologist from Austin, who told the Post that when she donated to the joint committee, she intended for her money to go to the president. “I tried to give just to him, because I think he knows best what to do,” she said. “I don’t know if I really meant to give it to the RNC.”
Right. Same thing for Gwynne Abrams, an unemployed nanny in Henderson, Nev., who gave $78 to the joint committee. “I’m not giving to the Republican Party, really,” she said, and her rationale is simple: “[the GOP has] done nothing since they’ve been in control of the Senate and House.”
But see that’s the thing: she is giving to the Republican Party — “really“.
As the Post reminds you, “the national party gets a cut of donations flowing to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint fundraising committee that primarily benefits Trump’s reelection campaign but currently gives a quarter of its proceeds to the RNC.”
How would small donors know that? Well, here’s how:
- The joint committee notes its RNC affiliation at the bottom of donor emails.
So: don’t read the fine print.
Here’s something else the “unemployed nannies” and “retired speech pathologists” giving away $78 dollars at a time might not know:
- The committee recently confirmed it is helping pay for the legal fees Trump has incurred because of the Russia investigations.
Now we know that sounds absolutely horrible, but don’t worry because according to the committee, “those costs are being covered by a legal account financed by wealthy donors, not small contributions.”
But while this charade is still fooling some of America’s Gwynnes and Marthas, more and more folks are getting wise to what’s going on. Consider this from a new Reuters piece out on Monday:
According to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll, the Republican president’s popularity is eroding in small towns and rural communities where 15 percent of the country’s population lives. The poll of more than 15,000 adults in “non-metro” areas shows that they are now as likely to disapprove of Trump as they are to approve of him.
In September, 47 percent of people in non-metro areas approved of Trump while 47 percent disapproved. That is down from Trump’s first four weeks in office, when 55 percent said they approved of the president while 39 percent disapproved.
The poll found that Trump has lost support in rural areas among men, whites and people who never went to college. He lost support with rural Republicans and rural voters who supported him on Election Day.
One person who is fed up is this guy, 70-year-old John Wilson:
“Every president makes mistakes,” Wilson told Reuters. “But if you add one on top of one, on top of another one, on top of another, there’s just a limit.”
Yes, “there’s just a limit” to how much people can take when it comes to abject buffoonery and broken promises. And the worst thing about all of this is what ol’ John doesn’t yet understand but will eventually: the promises were never “great” in the first place. Trump’s populist agenda is a recipe for ruin and that’s been proven time and again throughout history.
Reuters goes on to note that Wilson “is unhappy with infighting and turnover in the White House [and] does not like Trump’s penchant for traveling to his personal golf resorts.” Imagine that, right? Rural America is finding out that billionaire narcissists don’t just become populist champions overnight.
“It just seems like we’ve dropped off the screen,” Karl Stauber, who runs a private economic development agency for manufacturing communities in south central Virginia said, adding that “he has not seen any companies which have relocated to his region.”
Newsflash folks! It was all a lie. Every, single last bit of it. Trump is Trump. And that’s all he’s ever going to be.
Oh, and do you know who tried to warn you? This guy…
Preach Mr. President. Preach.