Before Il Trumpe has been annointed, there’s already a spate of stories about people who are disgusted by Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who like many bank CEOs profited by foreclosing on people’s homes (often fraudulently or over pitifully small amounts). Here’s one case that has been widely circulated (boldface mine):
When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.
She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington. And she knew Trump’s pick for Treasury — Steven Mnuchin — all too well.
OneWest, a bank formerly owned by a group of investors headed by Mnuchin, had foreclosed on her Los Angeles-area home in the aftermath of the Great Recession, stripping her of the two units she rented as a primary source of income.
“I just wish that I had not voted,” said Colebrook, 59. “I have no faith in our government anymore at all. They all promise you the world at the end of a stick and take it away once they get in.”
…Colebrook wishes she could meet with Trump to explain why she feels betrayed by his Cabinet selection after believing that his presidency could restore the balance of power to everyday people.
“He doesn’t want the truth,” she said. “He’s now backing his buddies.”
Here’s the thing about Colebrook:
She now lives with her boyfriend in the small California city of San Luis Obispo. She volunteers at a homeless shelter, knowing that she could just as easily have ended up there.
“I cook at the homeless shelter because there but the grace of God go I.”
I’m guessing, like many decent people, she’s not up to date on the nuances of intersectionality. But she’s probably spending more time around the homeless than many of us. TShe’s probably not a “deplorable.” I don’t know if she would have voted for Clinton. But like a lot of voters, she regrets voting for Trump. No, really, there’s considerable buyer’s remorse regarding Il Trumpe:
Is the median Trump voter awesome? No, he isn’t. But the marginal voters could have been reached–or at least persuaded to not vote for Trump.
Unfortunately, there are too many on the left who are confusing the effects and consequences of a vote for Trump with the reasons some voted for Trump.
There’s an opportunity here if we don’t engage the same blanket stereotypes we often decry.