Thursday, January 19, 2017

Was Obama so awful that he turned 4 million of his voters into racists?

In 2008, Obama got 69,498,516 votes. In 2012, he got 65,915,795 votes. In 2016, Hillary Clinton got 65,844,954 votes. Did Obama make four million voters racist?

For more perspective, here are the Republican numbers:

2008: McCain got 59,948,323 votes.
2012: Romney got 60,933,504 votes.
2016: Trump got 62,979,879 votes.

Some of Obama's 2008 voters stayed home in 2012 and 2016, and some voted for someone else. Saying racism is the reason is to say that Obama's neoliberal politics were irrelevant, but his style in office was so awful that he made his own voters hate an entire race.

And yet there are Clinton Democrats who insist the reason he lost support and Clinton didn't get more support is racism.

ETA: For example, Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump's Election.

ETA: Behind Trump's victory: Divisions by race, gender and education | Pew Research Center: "Clinton held an 80-point advantage among blacks (88% to 8%) compared with Obama’s 87-point edge four years ago (93% to 6%). In 2008, Obama had a 91-point advantage among blacks."