This is nothing new either.
Friday and through this weekend, the political Twitterz were all… a twitter about Clinton claiming that “half” of Republicans were in a “basket of deplorables”–that is, they are bigots and racists.
Nearly twelve years ago, back in my Blogger days, I noted the following about the Republican coalition (boldface added):
The Washington Post recently reported about the failure of the anti-segregation amendment to pass in Alabama (it was essentially 50-50). According to the CNN exit poll, 73% of Alabama voters were white. Assuming that the vote to keep the segregationist amendment was negligible among non-whites, this means that 68.5% of whites voted against the anti-segregationist amendment (or for segregation).
One of the lame excuses given was that some people voted against the amendment because there was the potential that someone might use it in a court challenge to increase school funding (and taxes)–as if this would be a bad thing given the miserable educational performance of Alabama. In other words, the vaunted “values” voters decided to choose money over righting of the defining evils of the Southern experience. Besides, how many whites didn’t vote their pocketbooks, but instead actually are in favor of segregated schools? 20%, 30%, 40%….
We’ve heard ad nauseum, mostly from Republicans, that the Republican base is religious. That simply is a lie: the true, hardcore Republican base is bigoted and racist. If racist whites stayed home, the Republicans would not win elections. That’s why Republican presidental candidates make pilgrimage to Bob Jones University. This is the fundamental moral corruption at the heart of the Republican Party. Hatred is the Republican base.
To repeat, if all bigots simply sat out the election, the Republicans would get hammered–they couldn’t even win in the deep South. In 2016, we have data to support this.
Here’s how racist attitudes break out by candidate (Sanders was originally left out, but scored the lowest*):
There are non-racist Trump supporters, and we shouldn’t write them off (certainly as decent people, though perhaps as likely to switch their vote). But to believe that a significant fraction of Trump supporters–and one that is much larger than found among Democrats–are not racist is simply false. Moreover, the Democratic racists, given things like the open support for Black Lives Matter, are voting for Democrats in spite of their own personal racist beliefs, while there is something about Trump that is drawing bigots to him.
Can’t imagine what that might be.
Again, without disproportional racist support, Republicans can’t win.
An aside: I have learned this weekend that much of our political press corps believes it is possible for bigoted sentiment to magically occur in the absence of bigoted people. They are desperate to believe that racism is not prevalent in the U.S. This is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things.
*But BernieBros something something I guess…