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Top Democrats Are Wrong: Trump Supporters Were More Motivated by Racism Than Economic Issues

Here are some facts

Philip Klinkner, a political scientist at Hamilton College and an expert on race relations, has pored over this ANES data and tells me that “whether it’s good politics to say so or not, the evidence from the 2016 election is very clear that attitudes about blacks, immigrants, and Muslims were a key component of Trump’s appeal.” For example, he says, “in 2016 Trump did worse than Mitt Romney among voters with low and moderate levels of racial resentment, but much better among those with high levels of resentment.”

The new ANES data only confirms what a plethora of studies have told us since the start of the presidential campaign: the race was about race. Klinkner himself grabbed headlines last summer when he revealed that the best way to identify a Trump supporter in the U.S. was to ask “just one simple question: is Barack Obama a Muslim?” Because, he said, “if they are white and the answer is yes, 89 percent of the time that person will have a higher opinion of Trump than Clinton.” This is economic anxiety? Really?

Other surveys and polls of Trump voters found “a strong relationship between anti-black attitudes and support for Trump”; Trump supporters being “more likely to describe African Americans as ‘criminal,’ ‘unintelligent,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘violent’”; more likely to believe “people of color are taking white jobs”; and a “majority” of them rating blacks “as less evolved than whites.” Sorry, but how can any of these prejudices be blamed on free trade or low wages?,,,,

Their view is backed by a detailed Gallup analysis of interviews with a whopping 125,000 Americans, which found that Trump supporters, far from being the “left behind” or the losers of globalization, “earn relatively high household incomes and are no less likely to be unemployed or exposed to competition through trade or immigration.” The “bottom line” for Gallup’s senior economist Jonathan Rothwell? “Trump’s popularity cannot be neatly linked to economic hardship.”

Look, if you still believe that Trump’s appeal was rooted in economic, and not racial, anxiety, ask yourself the following questions: Why did a majority of Americans earning less than $50,000 a year vote for Clinton, not Trump, according to the exit polls? Why, in the key Rust Belt swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, did most voters who cited the economy as “the most important issue facing the country” opt for Hillary over the Donald? And why didn’t black or Latino working class voters flock to Trump with the same fervor as white working class voters? Or does their economic insecurity not count?....

Always remember: You have to identify the disease before you can begin work on a cure. In the case of support for Donald Trump, the results are in: It isn’t the economy. It’s the racism, stupid.
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Mon Jun 4, 2018, 09:42 AM (20 replies)

Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria

Trump is a failure as a president. Trump threw paper towels in Puerto Rico and claimed that he saved lives. That claim is false

Miliana Montanez cradled her mother’s head as she lay dying on the floor of her bedroom here, gasping for air and pleading for help.

There was nothing her family could do. It took 20 minutes to find cellular reception to make a 911 call. Inoperative traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion.

Ivette Leon’s eyes bulged in terror as she described to her daughter the tiny points of light that appeared before her. She took one last desperate gulp of air just as paramedics arrived. Far too late.

More than eight months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island’s slow recovery has been marked by a persistent lack of water, a faltering power grid and a lack of essential services — all imperiling the lives of many residents, especially the infirm and those in remote areas hardest hit in September.

A new Harvard study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that at least 4,645 deaths can be linked to the hurricane and its immediate aftermath, making the storm far deadlier than previously thought. Official estimates have placed the number of dead at 64, a count that has drawn sharp criticism from experts and local residents and spurred the government to order an independent review that has yet to be completed.
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 11:39 PM (14 replies)

Where Is The Bernie Revolution?

The bernie bros are out in full force on DU. There are a number of funny threads praising sanders but the bernie bros are upset when asked to name even one accomplishment achieved by Bernie. Bernie is a complete failure in life and has accomplished nothing. The bernie revolution is a complete flop

For instance, last summer, Ralph Northam won a primary against Sanders-backed Tom Perriello in Virginia which The Washington Times described as “easier than expected.” Politico noted that Northam’s primary victory came with help from Black voters:

“Many state political operatives expected that a higher turnout election would swing the election to Perriello, but Northam coasted. And his win included higher-than-expected numbers in regions with more African-American voters, a major question mark heading into the vote.”

For Sanders own base, the opposite seems to be true. Democratic institutions are less trusted and challengers are preferred. The problem with this strategy is that Black voters make up a growing percentage of the Democratic Party, so promoting candidates that they don’t back is often a losing proposition for Governorships and other statewide elections.

In May of last year, Rob Quist another candidate supported by Bernie, lost his bid for a Montana House seat to Greg Gianforte. Quist outperformed, as he lost by 6 points in a state that Trump won by 20.

But he still lost a demographic that Sanders and his campaign team long claimed he performed better with–whiter, more rural, lower-income voters.
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 11:30 PM (28 replies)

Trump On Pace for 10,000 False Statements

Trump will set a record

The Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler tells Poynter that at President Trump’s current pace of making false statements — 6.5 a day, more than 200 a month — he could hit 10,000 by the end of his term.

“What sets Trump apart from his predecessors? Two things, says Kessler, who has kept an eye on presidents since Bill Clinton. One, Trump doesn’t seem to have or use the staff to base a statement, even if stretched, on fact. Two, he doesn’t seem to care if he is caught in a misstatement — he just repeats it; in one case, more than 70 times.”
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 11:25 PM (11 replies)

America's Presidents, Ranked

Trump is making Buchanan look competent

There’s a new poll of presidential experts out that ranks our nation’s chief executives, and Lincoln leads the list with an average rating of 95.03 out of 100. William Henry Harrison got a score of 19.02. I decided to rescale the whole thing going from 0 to 100, with Lincoln on top at Harrison at zero, since, let’s face it, Harrison is sort of zero by definition, right? Besides, I think it also more accurately represents the bottom of the range too.

Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 11:00 PM (31 replies)

Now there's proof: Republican judges are more racist a lot more racist

Facts are good things. Facts are fun because facts scare conservatives

The study was sui generis: Two Harvard Law professors, Alma Cohen and Crystal S. Yang, set out to analyze 1,400 federal judges’ sentencing practices over a 15-year period affecting more than 500,000 defendants. The results were predictable but disheartening.

They unearthed a stunning number of influences on sentencing, from years of experience and level of racism in a state to the party of appointment. Its major finding: Republican-appointed judges give black defendants harsher sentences than their white counterparts.

“Republican-appointed judges sentence black defendants to three more months than similar nonblacks. … These differences cannot be explained by other judge characteristics and grow substantially larger when judges are granted more discretion.”

Three months’ discrepancy accounts for 65 percent of the baseline racial sentence gap, meaning the average sentence disparity between similarly situated white and black defendants. The convictions driving the gap: serious drug and violent offenses.

Other markers for racist sentencing? Inexperience—judges’ racial sentencing gaps shrink as they age—and geography. Judges in states with a higher level of racial bias tend to inflict higher average racial sentencing gaps.
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 10:50 PM (9 replies)

Exhaustive investigation reveals little evidence of possible voter fraud in NH

There was no proof of voter fraud in New Hampshire

An exhaustive review by state election officials, including a first-time comparison of voter information shared with 27 other states, has turned up virtually no evidence of possible voter fraud in New Hampshire, those officials said Tuesday.

Secretary of State William Gardner, other officials from his office and a top election law attorney from the attorney general’s office made a more than two-hour presentation to the state Ballot Law Commission, which is charged with resolving disputes related to election laws. The review consumed 817 work hours by members of the attorney general's office with help from the Department of Safety.

The key results were:

-- Out of more than 94,000 names of people with the same first and last names and dates of birth who voted in New Hampshire and at least one of the other 27 states in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program, all but 142 were accounted for as being different voters in each state

-- In New Hampshire, out of 86,952 people who registered to vote on state primary or general election day in 2016, a total 6,033 did not present photo IDs and as a result signed affidavits swearing that a New Hampshire community was their domicile.

-- The secretary of state’s office verified that all but 458 cases were legitimate New Hampshire voters, and referred those 458 cases to the attorney general's office. The attorney general's office was able to verify that 392 of those voters were in fact domiciled in New Hampshire and registered and voted properly.
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 10:47 PM (4 replies)

Connecticut To Give Its Electoral College Votes To National Popular Vote Victor

This makes me smile. No we are only 98 electoral votes away from getting rid of the Electoral College

The compact requires its members to cast their Electoral College ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The agreement goes into effect once states representing at least 270 electoral votes — the number needed for a candidate to win the presidency — signs the compact.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) has promised to sign the legislation committing his state to the interstate agreement. Once he does so, the compact will have 172 electoral votes. California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia have already signed the accord.

Malloy has described the current Electoral College voting system as “fundamentally unfair.”

“With the exception of the presidency, every elected office in the country, from city council, to United States senator, to governor, is awarded the candidate who receives the most votes,” the governor said, according to the Connecticut Mirror. “The vote of every American citizen should count equally, yet under the current system, voters from sparsely populated states are awarded significantly more power than those from states like Connecticut.”

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots, but won the electoral vote 304 to 227, thus clinching the presidency.
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Tue May 8, 2018, 08:53 AM (34 replies)

Witness in Jane Sanders land deal probe says she was recently interviewed by FBI

So far Fox News is the only one covering this story.

A key witness in the possible bank fraud case against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, was questioned by FBI agents just over a week ago, Fox News has learned.

The revelation—the first such confirmed development since January—likely indicates that the federal investigation into a soured $10-million real estate deal remains open.

Jane Sanders, the former president of the now-defunct Burlington College, was at the helm when the college decided to expand and obtain a tract of land from a Roman Catholic parish. She secured a $6.7 million loan from a bank and a $3.6 million loan from the parish from which she planned to purchase the property.

She resigned in 2011 amid accusations that she inflated the amount of money donors have pledged to the school and provided incorrect information to a bank to get the loan. Multiple individuals, who were listed as college donors, have since come forward denying the commitments.

Coralee Holm, the former Burlington College dean of operations, has previously told Fox News that the probe has “no specific deadline.” FBI agents first questioned her last summer, she said.
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Tue May 8, 2018, 08:49 AM (8 replies)

Ex-Trump Bodyguard Paid $15K a Month by RNC

The RNC is bribing trump's former body guard to keep him from talking. The going rate=$15,000 per month

“When President Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller decided to leave his White House job last fall, many in the West Wing wondered how the president would manage without his personal security chief-turned-confidant, who had been working for Trump nearly 20 years,” NBC News reports.

“As it turns out, Schiller didn’t go very far. Within weeks of leaving his job as director of Oval Office operations, Schiller’s private security firm, KS Global Group, began collecting $15,000 a month for ‘security services’ from the Republican National Committee.”
Posted by Letmypeoplevote | Thu Feb 22, 2018, 10:54 AM (8 replies)
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