WASHINGTON, September 10, 2016 — Hillary Clinton commented on the people who support Donald Trump. Her comments, made at a private fundraiser with Barbra Streisand, were unflattering. She called half of Trump’s supporters “deplorables—the racists, you know, the haters.”
The people who have carried Trump to victory are much different than what she imagines, as she will learn in November.
Donald Trump will win in November. He will win because his priorities are more appealing to most voters than hers are. Trump emphasizes economic growth via rational tax reform as his top priority. That’s followed by a strong emphasis on national security.
Trump will shake up the establishment on both sides of the aisle, reduce the size of government, restore law and order, secure the borders and provide new opportunities for people to earn their way out of poverty—even those at the lowest income levels.
Trump’s personal appeal comes because he is not a politician and doesn’t care about political correctness. Sometimes he puts his foot in his mouth, but his supporters, who cringe at those misplaced feet, still find his openness refreshing.
This is especially true after almost eight years of President Obama’s half-truths and his carefully worded and often confusing explanations. The Obama Administration distorts key facts, conceals information through side-deals, bypasses the constitutional legislative process through often illegal executive action, and often outright lies.
Trump’s supporters look past his lack of presidential polish to support him because they endorse his priorities. They like his New York style frankness. Some of them are the forgotten Americans mired in stagnation since Obama took office in 2009. Their wages (if they are fortunate enough to have jobs) have remained stagnant and their standard of living continues to fall.
Other Trump supporters are hard-working people who have managed to succeed, in spite of an economy that has not seen 3 percent annual growth since 2005, the longest such period in history.
They’ve seen their taxes rise as both the income tax and the capital gains tax rates have shot up. They’ve watched their hard-earned tax dollars squandered by a government that has achieved almost nothing.
Many small business people support Trump. In the last eight years, they have seen growth in costly regulations they must follow just to stay in business. Due to misguided but vote-attracting minimum wage increases in a number of urban jurisdictions, most are now forced to pay $10, $12 or $15 to workers who produce only $8 per hour of output. Because of counter-productive legislation, like the Dodd-Frank bill banks can’t lend them the money they need to grow, or even simply maintain, their businesses.
At the same time, thanks to Obamacare legislation, they are forced to provide health insurance to all of their workers or pay up to a $3,000 fine per employee, per year. They must adhere to the costly complexities of the new health care law whether their business can afford it or not.
Many parents of school-age children support Trump. Because of the cozy relationship between Clinton and powerful teachers’ unions, only Trump will be able to implement a school choice program that encourages competition, often by by way of adding charter schools, allowing children to get a better education.
Trump is gaining support from African-American and Hispanic voters, alarming Democrats and their mainstream media supporters. While Clinton and most of the media frame Trump as a racist and bigot, Trump is speaking directly to minority groups, asking them to look at where they are and what they have after more than 50 years of the Democratic Party’s clearly failed War on Poverty.
The War on Poverty was supposed to eliminate poverty; the opposite has occurred. Poverty rates have actually increased since that legislation was enacted, and the nation’s poverty problem spans generations.
To be lifted out of poverty, a person must have the opportunity and ability to earn substantial wages and eventually own property. Trump is simply asking those people who were allegedly to have benefited from the War on Poverty simply look at what they have now. They can clearly see that even after half a century, they still have no opportunity to earn and they own almost nothing. Trump says if you have nothing, then nothing is all you have to lose by voting for him instead of one more failed Democrat.
Although campaign cycles leading to a presidential election tend to be very volatile, Clinton’s support will continue to fall and Trump will win in November. When her party examines the data to understand the voting patterns of each demographic, they will find that those who supported Trump and eventually voted him into office were primarily not the people Clinton thought they were.
Trump voters are smart and hard-working people, as well as those who lacked opportunity but would still embrace it, those who want to feel safe and secure and those who long for their faith in the U.S. government to be restored.