Obama’s terror speech perfectly highlights reasons for Trump’s rise

December 7, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about counter-terrorism and the United States fight against Islamic State during an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, December 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Yuri Gripas      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1XH8S

President Barack Obama speaks about counter-terrorism and the United States fight against Islamic State during an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Here’s President Barack Obama on the war against Islamic State: “Our success won’t depend on tough talk or abandoning or values or giving into fear. . . . We will prevail by being strong and smart.”

Here’s Donald Trump: “Every time things get worse, I do better. Because people have confidence in me.” He promised, “We’re going to be so tough and so mean and so nasty.”

What we’re seeing right now in American politics is class warfare. But not the kind of class warfare Bernie Sanders would understand. It’s not the working class versus the 1 percent. It’s the working class versus the educated elite. In fact, one of the richest men in the world is leading the revolt: Trump.

Trump’s support for the Republican nomination is not defined by ideology or age or gender. It’s defined by education. Among GOP voters with a college degree in the latest CNN poll, Trump comes in fourth with just 18 percent. But he has a huge lead among non-college voters — 46 percent. No other candidate comes close.

Today, in the United States, the richer you are, the more likely you are to vote Republican. The better educated you are, the more likely you are to vote Democratic. We saw it in the last presidential race. It was Mitt Romney, the prince of wealth, versus Obama, the prince of education.

Romney lost because of his elitist economic values. He was Mr. 1 Percent, disdainful of the “47 percent” who, he argued, are dependent on government. Trump, on the other hand, is rallying white working class voters. Not around their economic interests. Around their values.

Trump is the anti-Obama. He was the first Republican candidate to challenge Obama on the “birther” issue. To Trump supporters, Obama is the ultimate educated snob — the candidate who, in 2012, was disdainful of hard-pressed small-town voters who “cling to guns and religion . . . or anti-immigrant sentiment.”

Obama insists on facts. “We need to know all the facts,” he said immediately after the San Bernadino killings. Trump doesn’t deal in facts. The New York Times just completed a comprehensive analysis of every public statement by Trump over the past week. The conclusion? “Mr. Trump uses rhetoric to erode people’s trust in facts, numbers, nuance, government and the news media.” He still claims he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey cheering and celebrating after the 9/11 attacks, even though there is no factual basis for the claim.

Trump does not hide his contempt for Obama. “There is something going on with him that we don’t know about,” Trump said at a recent campaign rally. He doesn’t think Obama’s smart: “How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?” Unlike himself: “When you’re really, really smart like I am . . . ” Trump said. Trump spent his first two college years at Fordham University before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School. The two men exhibit two different kinds of intelligence — book smarts versus money smarts. Guess which one Americans admire more.

Obama is thoughtful, knowledgeable and progressive: the professor-in-chief. He’s always had trouble connecting with white working-class voters. He lost them to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Given the anger and fear that has seized the country, a lot of voters are looking for an altogether different kind of leader than Obama. “The nation needs a wartime president,” Senator Ted Cruz said. Someone who can be trusted to keep them safe. Trump pledges to keep out immigrants who might be recruited to the terrorist cause. Obama calls for gun control. “As if somehow terrorists care about what our gun laws are,” presidential aspirant Senator Marco Rubio said.

Resentment of education has always been stronger than resentment of wealth in the United States. Especially since the educated elite has come to embrace liberal cultural values — values that conservatives denounce as “political correctness.”

No one is less politically correct than Trump. He claimed that some people failed to report suspicions about the California killers because of concerns about racial profiling. “We have become so politically correct that we don’t know what the hell we’re doing,” Trump said.

Trump’s appeal to Republicans isn’t based on conservative ideology. It’s because many Republicans share his hatred of Obama. Republicans are rallying to Trump’s cause and may even nominate him. But white working class voters are a shrinking part of the electorate. Most Americans will be uneasy at the prospect of electing a hater to be their president. In fact, a new NBC News-Telemundo poll shows Hillary Clinton beating him by 12 points.

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Clinton by 12 pts. …?? This Telemundo Poll must be funded by a Clinton Foundation from one of their numerous South America assets….!!! After 2x disastrous experiments with hussein obama not even a theoretical nuclear physicist would dream of adding a Clinton to this administrations’ implosion…

Posted by GSS123 | Report as abusive

Solidar, unfortunately you just described a significant portion of the American electorate.

Posted by Calvin2k | Report as abusive

LMAO – Fordham is a prestigious University every bit as good or better than most Ivy league schools and is he really dissing the Wharton school?

Posted by SR37212 | Report as abusive

Funny thing about Trump. He’s more of a carnival barker than a shrewd business man. He has filed bankruptcy 4 times and made horrible business mistakes. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-tr ump-filed-bankruptcy-times/story?id=1341 9250

Posted by dalerrogers | Report as abusive

These comments show a visceral fear of the fact that Trump just may indeed be the next president.

Posted by Lowell_Thinks | Report as abusive

This has been driving me crazy trying to understand what the deal was. Now that I do, think I am more pessimistic then before. You really had to wonder about your fellow citizens when you see what some of the knuckle head pro Trumpers have been posting in follow up forums. We not only need campaign re form, but a whole new look at an adult version of Sesame Street. This is where those qualified to vote in the United States get a chance to go back to school with fun and entertaining civics topics and common sense courses to get them back up to speed with their elite, cross party country men.

Posted by DirkDirkistan | Report as abusive

As much as I dislike Obama, I do not think that jumping to his polar opposite, Trump, would be a solution. As Obama may be thoughtful, he is also an ineffective and weak leader who talks much more than the acts. As Trump is knee-jerk and reactive, he is possibly the man would would start WWIII over a trifle. Neither are or have been the answer.

What we need is a true and dedicated moderate. Are there still moderates in America or is everyone polarized? Jumping from one end of the political spectrum to the other end creates the same intensity of problems, just different ones. No gain at all. No solution. More of the same…..more problems.

A Cruz/Kasich ticket is the best one I can envision to help America. Both are smart, competent, adult, mature, sensible, reflective, practical, experienced. And the best of all……sane.

Posted by bobbobwhite | Report as abusive

bobbobwhite asks: “Are there still moderates in America or is everyone polarized?”

Obama is moderate. Drones instead of all-out war, or all-out peace. Obamacare instead of fully socialized medicine. A nod to Wall Street, with the occasional criminal forfeiture settlement. Keep in mind many liberals (approximately 20%) did not even vote for Obama the 2nd time because he was not liberal ENOUGH.

And he still won in a landslide. This idea that a republican will President after the Bush/Cheney fiscal and foreign policy train wreck…. will need to wait for at least 30 years. If ever.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

““As if somehow terrorists care about what our gun laws are,” presidential aspirant Senator Marco Rubio said.” EXACTLY. He’s more worried about thugs attacking police who get themselves shot than real Americans.

I know 6 people who plan to vote for Hillary. All DO NOT CARE that she lied repeatedly, attempting to steal valor stating that she ran from snipers in Bosnia, all are either homosexuals with AIDS or transvestites or unemployed.

These are HIllary’s voters.

Posted by UgoneHearMe | Report as abusive

Obama is about as far away from being an extreme lefty as Bush was a righty. With few exceptions, America has no idea what a real “liberal” is like. Sweden’s far right, are about as liberal as the average ( Obama ) liberals are. Except of course for the skinhead extreme right wing of Sweden.

Posted by tntroy61 | Report as abusive

“white working class voters are a shrinking part of the electorate. ” The author has this correct! There are now more beaners on welfare than whites working, that’s how Hitlery will be elected.

Posted by UgoneHearMe | Report as abusive

While Obama may be smooth, I have yet to hear any evidence of his supposed erudition. Compare his speeches with those of, save, Woodrow Wilson. He failed to impress any of the academics whom he met at U of Chicago. His school records have been concealed. Al Gore and George Bush are intelligent men, but their schools records show they were average students in a high class college. Except in the smoothness of his delivery, Obama shows no more evidence of any high intelligence.

Posted by RobbySh | Report as abusive

UTC thinks Obama a moderate.

Posted by RobbySh | Report as abusive

No surprise that university educated Americans would be more likely to vote Dem – US colleges are PC laboratories where dissent is not allowed and the poor kids are indoctrinated into feminist ideology and intersectional race theory… they are being propagandized into being sexist authoritarian bigots that want only to control what and how EVERYONE thinks. Sounds like the regressive left to me.

I don’t particularly care for Trump – and I personally think a lot of his ideas are not really workable – but I’d rather him that makes up his own mind than some PC bigot that’s terrified of the PC online mobs that assume all whites are evil, all men are rapists, and America is the cause of all evil.

Posted by DeckHero14 | Report as abusive

UgoneHearMe calculates: “There are now more beaners on welfare than whites working…”

Spoken like a true Trump-ette. Good luck with all that, republicans. Best way to win over the emerging electorate and changing public: Make fun of them by calling them names.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

Solidar, I think you better get used to the idea of a president Trump.

Posted by Lowell_Thinks | Report as abusive

Presidential
Candidate

Vice Presidential
Candidate

Political
Party

Popular Vote

Electoral Vote

Barack H. Obama Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Democratic 65,918,507 51.01% 332 61.7%
Willard Mitt Romney Paul Ryan Republican 60,934,407 47.15% 206 38.3%
Gary Johnson James P. Gray Libertarian 1,275,923 0.99% 0 0.0%
Jill Stein Cheri Honkala Green 469,015 0.36% 0 0.0%
Y Other (+) – – 639,790 0.50% 0 0.0%
Total 129,237,642 538

less than 5 million votes out of 129 million quite a landslide!

Posted by factoid69 | Report as abusive

Having a high quantity of knowledge does not imply intelligence. Animals in the jungle stay alive through intelligence in predetor avoidance and combat…but they have never read a history book. I understand that Obama reads lots of books, but he is not intelligent.

Posted by Hereisjohnny | Report as abusive

Whether you like Trump or not, he is surely stirring the proverbial pot.
American election races always provide great entertainment for the rest of the planet.

Posted by Anthonykovic | Report as abusive

I don’t know anyone who is voting for Fascist Trump. He claims to be so smart, which is laughable, because most of the things he says he is going to do once he becomes President are impossible, unconstitutional and/or lack legal executive authority. He is a fascist clown with a big bullhorn that spotlights the growing extremist views of the Republican Party. The sad thing is that his supporters are a minority and do not represent most Americans but they get most of the media’s attention. When is the RNC going to denounce him? Why aren’t more political leaders denouncing him? Cristian leaders are also silent in this matter? What the hell is happening in this country that this man has not already been shown the door? When did fascism become acceptable in American politics? Trump has done more to promote ISIS that any other political figure by his fascist, hateful rhetoric of Muslims. The fact that he is an equal opportunity offender should have taken him out of the presidential race when he first went after Mexican immigrants. The world is watching and the fact that Trump is leading the Republican Party is humiliating, shameful and hurts our image and what we stand for. DUMP TRUMP! DUMP TRUMP! DUMP TRUMP! DUMP TRUMP!

Posted by attyrose | Report as abusive

Hillary just has to send him a mug with her birth certificate…
We shall overcomb! :)

Posted by UauS | Report as abusive

Solidar: I have four university degrees and the wish to vote for Trump. “Book smart”? I don’t think so. There are reasons Obama’s grades are hidden. Everything has been handed to him on an affirmative action platter, and that includes the presidency. I doubt if he could write a coherent 500 word composition on any subject without assistance.

Posted by Scipio | Report as abusive

The FEAR is strong is this one.

Posted by tecwrite | Report as abusive

It’s not resentment of education, but disdain for stupid by sounding like you’re in Plato’s Republic when you’re really in Detroit.

Posted by TomGenin | Report as abusive

Telemundo poll…?

Asked and answered.

This is WAR… and I have a college degree from U of Southern Colorado. Not fancy enough? I have been self employed for my entire adult life. NEVER took a dime from the government. AND grew my business from the ground up. A Main St. Teddy Roosevelt Republican.

So much for your snotty demo on Trump supporters. He’s an honest man who will stick up for the rights of Norman Rockwell America.

YES.. I love that America. Not the new one.

Posted by cwenn | Report as abusive

“The Donald” translates into Italian as “il Duce.”

Posted by JBaustian | Report as abusive

Trump is a blowhard who either doesn’t mean what he says or is an ignorant fool.
But I strongly object to the constant characterization of Barack Obama as a great intellectual. He is definitely not a thinker — I don’t believe he has ever had an original thought in his life. He is like a medieval bishop who knows scriptural dogma backwards and forwards, only his religion is Progressivism. The liberal media mistakes his ideological purity for wisdom because they go to the same “church.” As for Obama’s great “thoughtfulness,” he sometimes delays because he is trying to figure out how much he can get away with doing, not because he’s deliberating the merits of possible actions. His ideology is written in stone.

Posted by Capertree | Report as abusive

Obama’s speech was a little less feckless than usual, but by now anyone with any sense considers our president a tragic joke.

Posted by lsjogren | Report as abusive

You need a new dictionary if your definition of a hater is Trump. Hillary beats him in this arena hands down. And don’t worry about current polls, we’re about 11 months away from the presidential election, there’s plenty of time for change.

Posted by DoctorJ | Report as abusive

Well now after Trumpitlet’s latest comments on how to treat a RELIGIOUS group, and how he channeled Roosevelt’s WW2 policy, a few fact for your Trump klanners. Regan gave $20K to those Japanese who;s right’s were trampled via advise from an aid who was latter proven to be a racist. Amusing to note how many of trumpltler’s attack education, elitists, etc are the evil ones. You might have someone read you history and note the little corperal started same way as trumpitler is doing now, might include ole pat roberts- tv show where he attacks Islam-etc. all appeal to the less educated, lower end hasa selected a religious group to target, today the Islam-Muslim and 1930 the Jews-Gypsy-etc. The core horror here is not trumpitler, rather is the less then bright folks who support such talk, beer halls-1930’s, election rally’s 2015, lame ole hate and then as now, must have a targeted group to rally the mobs.

Posted by fwrfwr | Report as abusive

“LMAO – Fordham is a prestigious University every bit as good or better than most Ivy league schools and is he really dissing the Wharton school?”
Do you have ANY analytical skills? He did not diss neither the Wharton school nor Fordham; on the contrary, he mentioned Wharton was a distinguished school to support his claim that Trump was smart, ‘money smart’, not ‘book smart’, like Obama.

Posted by pedrojose | Report as abusive

Obama’s America has allowed terrorists to enter our country and kill our neighbors. Trumps plan to stop muslin immigration until the immigration system is fixed is perfect. Politicians who disagree with this approach are exactly what The Trumpsta calls them. Stupid and incompetent.

Posted by geno47 | Report as abusive

How many Muslim couples who are ‘devout’ have befriended you. What kind of personality does the wife have, or does she speak from behind her hajib? It may be nice to THEM to bring such people here, but how do we benefit? And why isn’t that our first and only consideration? How do you make decisions that affect your family?
If we don’t get a handle on radical Islam and soon, things will be MUCH worse for the peaceful Muslims everywhere in time. Acting now is a mercy.

Posted by GMBuls | Report as abusive

Just for the record, I went to a pretty good university in New England, and I like Trump. I’m sick of politics and politicians.

Donald says stupid things, but that’s just a bargaining tactic.

Posted by billintx | Report as abusive

Obama insists on facts first, unless the dispute relates to race. Then, he’s the first one to rush to judgment.

Posted by David1225 | Report as abusive

Solidar, which unemployment line were you standing in?

That’s where you find all the Democratic voters….

Posted by jschillmoeller | Report as abusive

Why is the author of the article assuming the President is smart, and that he deals in facts? Did he wait for the facts before saying the Cambridge police department acted stupidly, or that Mike Brown’s civil rights were violated, or Travon Martin was a victim of racial profiling? When he said US dependence on foreign oil would be eliminated if Americans kept car tires properly inflated, was that an example of a fact based argument? Was ISIS a JV team, was the attack in Benghazi caused by backlash to a video, would American families actually save $2500 per year in healthcare costs due to Obamacare? Were these all facts that Obama was repeating? And his grades, why can’t we see his grades? If he is so smart, then why wouldn’t an acknowledged braggadocio not want the world to see evidence of his brilliance? Do Austrians speak Austrian, Pakistani’s speak Arabic, and are the British occupying Agrentinian territory with their possession of the “Maldives”?

Posted by 41enderby | Report as abusive

The article is correct about Trump working class white voters sharing a hatred of Obama.

But — – this isn’t really because Obama is over-educated.

Romney is just as over-educated as Obama.

Obama is not white. There is a tribalistic element among some working class white voters for whom a non white President signifies their “loss” of an America – to which they feel racially entitled to.

It’s as simple as that.

Ironically for that reason _ Hillary Clinton _ will moot a certain amount of this sentiment.

That’s one reason why she fares so well against Trump.

Hillary allows working class whites to vote for their class interest again – and *not* their skin color.

ps – I don’t think Trump will be the nominee – I have never seen a man so intent on venting regardless of the politicaly consequen

Posted by fall32 | Report as abusive

I try to be behind President Obama. This was how I was taught way back when. I voted for Obama. Financially he has made stupid, stupid mistakes. He doesn’t take advice and with Dodd/Frank destroyed thousands of businesses. Now with his lack luster view on terror I am sorry he is president. I don’t think he is stupid. I believe he is totally NOT interested in doing anything for the USA. I wish he would go away and let Biden finish the office.

Posted by wtguy123 | Report as abusive

I am a lifelong registered Republican who will gladly vote for Hillary Clinton in November 2016 if the Republican nominee is Donald Trump.

As much as I dislike and distrust Hillary Clinton, she is still preferable to a loud, arrogant, boorish, mysgoynistic, lying, thoroughly amoral a**hole like Donald Trump. It’s no accident that he gets most of his support from those whose education stopped at the 12th grade.

Donald Trump is the absolute last person in the world that I would want to have representing my country, to say nothing of sitting in the White House during an international crisis with his finger on the button.

Posted by Danram | Report as abusive

I am a lifelong registered Republican who will gladly vote for Hillary Clinton in November 2016 if the Republican nominee is Donald Trump.

As much as I dislike and distrust Hillary Clinton, she is still preferable to a loud, arrogant, boorish, mysgoynistic, lying, thoroughly amoral a**hole like Donald Trump. It’s no accident that he gets most of his support from those whose education stopped at the 12th grade.

Donald Trump is the absolute last person in the world that I would want to have representing my country, to say nothing of sitting in the White House during an international crisis with his finger on the button.

Posted by Danram | Report as abusive

I have two grad degrees – one a Masters from Harvard, and an MBA from Case Western. I’ll vote for him reluctantly vs Hillary. the civil servants, current and retired, whom I know will w/o exception vote for Hillary.

thanks for the analysis though, spot on.

Posted by chardest | Report as abusive

How many Muslim couples who are ‘devout’ have befriended you? What kind of personality does the wife have, or does she speak from behind her hajib? It may be nice to THEM to bring such people here, but how do we benefit? And why isn’t that our first and only consideration? How do you make decisions that affect your family?
If we don’t get a handle on radical Islam and soon, things will be MUCH worse for the peaceful Muslims everywhere in time. Acting now is a mercy.

Posted by GMBuls | Report as abusive

Spot on analysis by the author. Explains why the whole 1 percent just doesn’t fly. It’s the ruling intellectual and technocrat class plus the real wealthy and the envy/resentment/disempowerment of everybody else.

Posted by benkarkis | Report as abusive

“Obama insists on facts” and “Obama is thoughtful, knowledgeable and progressive: the professor-in-chief.”
For example, “If you like you doctor, you can keep your doctor”
or, “I will accept public financing for the elections” circa 2007
or, “This will be the most transparent administration ever”, followed by TPP negotiation in secret from the public (progressive indeed)
or, “This [Bush] administration puts forth a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide” (somewhere in the world Snowden is laughing).

The reason Trump has support is not that his supporters are ill-educated and resentful, rather they are simply tired of lies.

Posted by NJyote | Report as abusive

I’m a college educated white woman. 56 years old with a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. As much as I cringe at Trumps bravado, I think he is exactly what we need right now. I despise Obama and always have from day one. When the RNC foisted Mitt Romney on us, I voted third party. There is nothing wrong with rejecting immigrants that may be enemy sympathizers during a time of war. Make no mistake, although Obama doesn’t agree, we are at war with Islam.

Posted by IBINUBU | Report as abusive

I have a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems and I am voting for Trump. Some say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. I am not going to vote for a squishy, suck-up-to-the-press, surrender to the Demonrats ever again.

Posted by tookrat | Report as abusive

“The two men exhibit two different kinds of intelligence — book smarts versus money smarts. Guess which one Americans admire more.” Good question, we tend to lionize self-made business men more so than we lionize successful academics. However, we almost never elect business men to the presidency, yet we do elect lawyers to the presidency, and law schools are famous for their academic rigor and challenge. More to the point, even the spokesperson for the uneducated went to a prestigious university, seems like we want to admire money smarts more than book smarts but cannot actually bring ourselves to vote accordingly. Seems like we want to believe that you don’t have to be a good student to have something to contribute, but won’t trust bad students with the reigns of state power.

Posted by Sewblon | Report as abusive

Bill Schneider, I fully disagree with your argument. Donald Trump re-presents the same old perspective he’s held for as long as he has been in the public eye – narcissistic, one dimensional and headed for a dead end. The only reason he maintains a high profile is the media’s predilection for a train wreck…

Posted by FloydTurbo | Report as abusive

We have no idea how smart On

Posted by Dantes | Report as abusive

Eloquent and powerful writing. It is clear where the hate comes from, but rather than educate the uneducated, Trump has sunk to fanning the flames irrationally, but his “birther” talk has proved that facts are not as important as emotion, verifiable truths not as important as his opinions. Trump has good ideas but goes too far because he has no restraint; he’s playing a rah-rah game when no amount of blustering can change the facts of the Constitution and the ideals of Americans love for each other. Hate will not win long-term.

Posted by Pieimp | Report as abusive

I don’t think Obama is “thoughtful”. He settled his thoughts and opinions years ago and therefore no longer has a need to think, except tactically.

Posted by Surellin | Report as abusive

Trump’s appeal is America first, and he is a winner. We could use some of that right now.

Posted by Nexialist | Report as abusive

Taken as a whole, the conservative Republican electorate is better educated, more scientifically literate, more historically literate, and far better informed about current events than the left. This has been statistically proven on multiple occasions, even by studies done by left leaning academics. Pretty much blows your entire argument out of the water. But then, no one loves being lied to more than a democrat voter. Look at barry obama and Hillary Clinton for proof of that.

Posted by StephenThomas | Report as abusive

We elected a hater in Obama; he hates Americans who ‘cling to guns and religion.’ If we can elect one hater, we surely can elect another one.

Posted by dogbert88 | Report as abusive

Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Too much political gagging stifles intelligent debate. The world will be a poorer place if people are unable to express their true feelings. Donald Trump, President Obama, Tyson Fury, Jeremy Corbin etc etc – all should be permitted to say what they truly believe. The media seems to hate such freedom!!!

Posted by phil777 | Report as abusive

Nexialist gushes: “Trump’s appeal is America first, and he is a winner.”

Yeah, so why did he lose the last four elections he tried this in. Trump is a professional election loser and sinking attention-seeker.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

StephenThomas speculates: “Taken as a whole, the conservative Republican electorate is better educated, more scientifically literate, more historically literate, and far better informed about current events than the left.”

Yeah, maybe in 1958. Before all the racists and hillbillies switched parties to the GOP. Once the Civil Rights movement happened under Kennedy and Johnson…. the GOP adopted the bigots. Now they’re a liability and the GOP can’t win without them. But the Democrats CAN.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

The cold reality is that the goal of American Muslims is to see the flag of Islam flying over the White House.

Posted by TheRat | Report as abusive

The cold reality is that American Christians are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution anywhere. Neither is God or the Bible. It is a secular document to found a secular nation.

This hurts the feelings of many Christians and so they make stuff up.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

Speaking of class, Trump doesn’t have any. In addition he doesn’t have the common sense to know he has no common sense at all. Unfortunately for Mr. born with a silver spoon in his mouth trump, you can’t buy common sense. So he’ll continue to shoot himself in the foot all for the support of the under-educated, hate filled, white vote. Republicans never had a chance in 2016 anyway. Nobody misses half their neighbors losing their homes, jobs, investments, and life savings. Nobody misses America losing 800,000 jobs a month. Nobody misses financial markets crashing, and run-a-way gas prices at the pumps. Nobody misses the right wings only economic plan they’ve ever had throughout history which is to create war. Nobody misses hard times, which is why republicans won’t win the Presidency in 2016.

Posted by Whipsplash | Report as abusive

Republicans are a shrinking part of the population. They may never seat a President again. And that would be fine with most Americans.

Bush and Cheney drove this country into the sand. We’re finally digging back out.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive