Author Rick Wilson criticized Trump supporters on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” this week, prompting anger from Trump supporters about the perpetuation of the Trump supporter stereotype. Wilson states that the “administration is defined by the ignorance of the world” and imitates a Southern accent with CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, while Don Lemon is hysterically laughing.
Watch the clip here:
More Proof that CNN is utter trash, and hates half the country.
Rick Wilson: those dumb southern guys liking trump hur durr durr
Don Lemon: laughing out of controlpic.twitter.com/y3U7Zaw8Sh
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) January 28, 2020
Generalizing over 60 million Americans who voted for Trump as uncultured idiots is nothing new. This stereotype was created due to the fact that the President’s base is partially comprised of blue-collar workers in the midwest. Ridiculing these people is another example of the globalist elite scoffing at those who do not have the same white-collar lifestyle as them. It is amusing to watch this hypocrisy occur, as the liberal elite love to claim “tolerance” and being “open-minded” to different ideas. Unsurprisingly, the Left is only open to new concepts that are progressive. The thought of having a religion, putting family first, or working a trade job is too primitive for these elitists, and view conservative Trump supporters as bigoted morons who have not been exposed to the real world.
The stereotype portrayed in the clip is exactly why Trump won in the first place. He appealed to a majority in middle America (and other parts of the country, too) who felt forgotten and unrepresented by the political establishment and the elite who supported it. Yes, Trump is technically part of the elite, but he certainly did not act like it on the campaign trail in 2016. By visiting places Hillary Clinton ignored, like Wisconsin and Michigan, Trump became a mouthpiece for the concerns of blue-collar America. With factories closing and moving to other countries during the Obama administration, Trump was passionate about taking action to bring jobs back. Most of all, he did not talk to these blue-collar American’s like royal subjects, but like human beings. Sure, sometimes he would say careless things that would leave everyone feeling embarrassed, but don’t we all? The average blue-collar American felt abandoned by the politicians with perfectly timed speeches and empty promises. While coastal liberals may be abhorred by Trump’s rhetoric, they forget that not everyone wants someone that talks like a politician.
The Trump administration is appealing to an increasingly diverse group of Americans. In 2016, he received 28% of the Latino vote, and two recent polls show upwards of 30% approval from African Americans. Although identity politics is something that should be greatly avoided, the Trump campaign needs to be doing more to appeal to urban communities, which have been crippling under Democratic leadership for decades. Although there are groups like Latinos with Trump and Black Voices for Trump, which are doing great work, most of his main campaign spokespeople are white men and women. There is a growing diversity among the Trump base, and the campaign should be making their voices heard.
Both sides criticize and stereotype each other, creating horrible misconceptions. We should be past the point where we can make assumptions about a person’s political views by knowing only a few characteristics about that individual. The Left does it in the aforementioned example of blue-collar Americans, and the Right does it as well. Political views are a part of a person, not the whole person. It is time we start judging individuals, not communities.
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