USA Today OP Ed Defends Poor Whites Voting For Trump
Category: Op/EdBy: john-russell • 8 months ago • 81 comments
I read an article in USA Today, which I am going to post as the first comment. The gist of this op-ed, which is by a man who is a political columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, is that rural people in the Appalachians are solidly pro Trump, and he goes into quite a bit of elaboration as to why he thinks this is justified. The bottom line is that he says people in these types of areas feel disrespected by the "national" viewpoint that they are backwards, uneducated, bigoted, etc., and that they support Trump as the "lesser of two evils" in order to express their unhappiness with what the rest of the nation thinks of them.
I think to a large extent, it's not really possible to debate the conclusions of articles like this, all we can do is take them into account.
One day it will dawn either on these people, or their children or grandchildren, that they supported someone (Trump) who didnt care about them at all, other than as props for his self-aggrandizement at the rallies he held passing through their nearest mid sized town.
What about their true self-respect? What about supporting someone who lies every day, is an endless bully, is a known financial criminal, utterly fails as an example of Christianity, and constantly disrespects traditional American values?
A true self-examination of these voters would not be pretty.
The excerpts from wikipedia below refer to the area mentioned in the USA Today article.
I dont think it is at all a coincidence that the area is 96% white.
The Point Pleasant Micropolitan Statistical Area , as defined by the United States Census Bureau , is an area consisting of two counties – one in West Virginia and one in Ohio – anchored by the city of Point Pleasant, West Virginia .
As of the census  of 2000, there were 57,026 people, 22,647 households, and 16,155 families residing within the μSA. The racial makeup of the Point Pleasant MSA was 96.67% White , 1.70% African American , 0.32% Native American , 0.32% Asian , 0.004% Pacific Islander , 0.13% from other races , and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.
The median income for a household in the μSA was $28,663, and the median income for a family was $34,446 . Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $19,952 for females. The per capita income for the μSA was $14,994.