What I am going to try to do is to explain in lay terms why President Trump was elected by and is supported by the working class of America. I will be talking about my own views and things that people have told me about how they feel. You know water cooler talk. It seems to the working class of America that their voices can only be heard by one person and that is President Trump. It seems the elites in America, the Progressives, the Liberals all do not want to hear what we have to say or just don't care. That is frustrating to all of us and in writing this I am hoping to make it painfully clear as to what we are talking about.
The main reason that Trump was elected is his ability to connect to the working people in this country. It is that simple. He connected in a way that most professional politicians can't or don't want to. He is a refreshing alternative to a President who just wanted to lecture the working people of America. It seemed to myself and the people I talked to that President Obama thought he was better than us. That we should just set back and let him and the progressives tell us what was best for us. If any of you know the working class, the blue collar workers, the middle class, the "average" person you know that just does not fly. No way. No how. The really insulting part of it was when we tried to say what we thought, when we gave our point of view, We were called racists, homophobes, xenophobes and other vial things. There was even a candidate who said we were to be put in a "basket of deplorable s."
None of those things.
The thing is that most people are none of those things. The people that support Trump just want to work at a job that provides their families with a life. They want to have a decent vehicle, a nice home, to be able to take care of their kids and help them with their educations and to be able to take a vacation every once in a while. They really don't think that is to much to ask.
The previous administration did not seem to care about those things. They seemed to care more about the feelings of certain special interest groups of people that voted for them. We feel as though our needs have not important except when it came to paying taxes then we were needed. Nobody asked us about how Obamacare would affect us but instead told us we have to participate or get fined. In other words we were to pay for insurance that we could not afford or pay a fine that we could not afford. That money was to come from jobs that barely paid our rent or mortgages because the good jobs do not exist anymore.
Jobs are another of the issues that made us feel like the needs of the working people were not important. The good jobs were being sent to foreign countries to pay people less than they would make here. The answer from the administration was for people to get expensive educations and deal with the new world. We were also told that the problems were caused by the corporations and the rich. If they weren't so greedy then all the worlds problems go away.
The thing about of that is that most working people do not blame the rich or the corporations. They understand how things work in a free enterprise system. That is after all part of the American dream isn't it? To work hard, achieve and be a success. For many years the Democratic party has villainized success and achievement. If you made it in the business world then you were somehow evil. That again did not seem to be right to the working people. But for years we were told that it was selfish to think that way.
The elites of Washington and Hollywood
To the elites we were just a joke until time to vote then their "concern" was directed our way. The things promised from the previous administration and the last Democratic candidate sounded so good until you realize that they were just words. That they are the same things that have been said for the last 20 years. When you realize that the people who are saying those words are dependent on the unions and other special interests that do not have the working classes best interests at heart.
To Hollywood we are just money in their pockets. We are j the people who they look down on when they are flying from coast to coast. We are jokes at their award ceremonies. But yet we are the ones who buy their movies, their music and their books. They seem to think that we need to be educated by them, maybe we do. Maybe we are stupid for giving them our hard earned money. Maybe we should give our our entertainment dollars to local groups, local people who are just like us and trying to make a living and live the dream. Do you know how insulting it is to have a celebrity who is worth millions of dollars stand on a stage while receiving an award that other Hollywood elites has decided they should have tell us that we are lower than them because of who we voted for? The really bad part of that is that the very celebrity who is preaching about our choice of President gets paid to wear a dress by a designer that none of us can afford for ourselves, our wives or our daughters and they get to keep the dress. These celebrities do not pay our bills. They do not raise our children. They do not work at our jobs yet they seem to know what is best for us.
In my article What I learned From The 2016 Election I touched on some of these things. I also posted a video of the right wing extremist Michael Moore talking about Trump supporters. Again I will make the disclaimer that I know it is not meant to be a praise of Trump but an attack. But the description is spot on. It was exactly why people voted for Trump and still support him. I thought for one brief moment that the left would watch this video and at least understand a part of Trump and his supporters. But no. It is clear that they just do not care. It is clear that they just do not care about 50% of what the country feels.
One of the really humorous things that has been happening is the way the media is reacting to President Trump. I find it funny simply because for many years the middle and working classes of America has been saying the same things about the press. I mean it goes way back. We have been calling CNN the Clinton News Network, CBS the Clinton Broadcasting System and other names like that since Bill Clinton was president. They make it clear when during press conferences they asked President Obama "What enchants you?" Are you serious? During a press conference they ask President a hard question like that?
What President Trump has done is to tap into that. We know when we are being lied to. We know when a story is being twisted. How do we know that? This is the information age. We can go online and get different angles of the story. There are many ways to find information now. We also know what does not "feel right" when we hear it. When the media spends several minutes on negative stories about a Republican candidate but only sings the praises of the Democratic candidate then we know something is up. When a corespondent states that he has a "tingle down his leg" on election night when a Democrat wins, but then goes into a tirade when a Republican wins or when reporters start openly crying then it is clear their new reporting is not unbiased.
The media also is one of the major groups behind the whole cancerous political correctness culture that is destroying free speech in America today. People who I know and talk to feel as though they have to parse every word they say. They can not slip up with a word that might offend someone. I am not talking about use of the truly offensive words such as the "n" word of other such awful things. I am talking about just a simple holiday greeting like Merry Christmas. That might offend someone so don't say it. There is the phrase illegal immigrant a term that accurately describes something but it is offensive. The proper term is undocumented immigrants. The use of the phrase Islamic extremist is one that is almost as bad as the n word. Really? These are phrases that are used every day by people to describe a situation or problem that they see is hurting our country. By removing those phrases and replacing them with the politically correct version you are diminishing the impact of the problem. My point is this. It is perfectly acceptable to use a phrase like "right wing Christian extremist" because that is what they are. Yes they do exist and they are a danger. Timothy McVey come to mind? So why is it not acceptable to use Islamic Extremist? If it is offensive to the Muslims who do involve themselves in terrorism then isn't if offensive to Christians who do not support what McVey or others do? Not according to the politically correct left and the media that pushes their agendas.
Even in their political correctness they have a penchant for insulting people. Example you ask. During the election we kept hearing about Trump only having the support of "uneducated white males". Really? It is okay to politically correct say "stupid white men" but Illegal Immigrant is unacceptable? Can you imagine someone writing a story about an uneducated Hispanic man? Wow. But yet it is acceptable to say it about people who support a Presidential candidate.
As a marketing person I can tell you that one of the most important things when it comes to marketing anything is to make a connection with the people you want to get your story out to. Without that connection you have no chance of having your story heard. Donald Trump made that connection.
He is known as the "blue collar billionaire" for a reason. It is clear to us that he is just as comfortable around working people as he is around the white tie crowd. We can tell by the way he talks that he understands what we are going through. You can see that he has been around working people and not only talked to them but listened to them. His sense of humor, his sarcasm and his speech patterns all point to the simple fact that he understands our lives.
His family seems to be the same way. I have followed them since he announced his bid to become President and they seem to be a phenomenal family. When he sits on his plane eating McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken he seems to be very comfortable with it. Oh of course there were the people saying that was a photo opp until people in the press said no he actually will send people to get that for him and sometimes buys it for the press. He is an average guy to us. Contrast that with Hillary who was lost in Chipotle. Had to have Huma help her with the menu. Does that mean that Trump would be a better President than Hillary? No. But it does feel that Trump does have a bit of a connection to people who sometimes consider that a treat for their families.
His war with the media is another connection that is welcome. He is giving voice to the average working person who is tired of political correctness and the press's misleading stories and articles about life in general. The working people are tired of it. Like I said before, we are smart enough to be able to tell when the press is saying something that is not true or heavily slanted to say the least.
I personally enjoy watching Fox News to find out what is going on with the world. I know a lot of you are going to say something like "fake news" but I truly trust Sheppard Smith to deliver the honest news. Why? Because whether you believe it or not he is not a Trump fan. He gets on Trump for a lot of his actions. But you know what? He is fair about it. You never hear President Trump call him out on it. Shep is fair about his reporting. Trump calls out the press on their "fake" news. His supporters also know that when he calls CNN or MSNBC as fake news he is not saying that they are making up stories. He is saying that they are intentionally misleading in their reporting of the news. One example is that when President Trump was running for office the news would report that Trump was having people violently removed from his events. That his security would beat the person. Well now we and have seen that those very protestors were the ones who were violent first. They attacked first. They also reported about physical assaults at Trump rally's but failed to report that the assaults were coming from Bernie and Hillary supporters. Classic example was the poor woman who was attacked with eggs and pushed up against a door trying to escape the assaults from BERNIE supporters. He calls them out on that type of thing. We love it, the press and the left hate it.
When he does things like that we say "hell yes, it's about time someone said that". When he Tweets most of us feel the same way it's about time. I like the fact that he does not allow the press to control the narrative. That he takes his comments straight to the people.
When he talks we feel as though he is talking to us, not preaching at us. We feel as though his way of speaking is how we would say it. We feel as though he believes in the American dream. That he wants us to all have a chance to have the success that he has had. His policies will help all Americans have the chance to have a good job, to have a decent or nice car, that we once again can have a hope for the future. These words are not racist, homophobic, xenophobic or anything else. All Americans are entitled. Entitled to a good job, a chance to live their dreams and a chance to get ahead. For many, many years we have felt that the government is more concerned about a global economy. A global view that says that America has to be just as concerned with the people of other countries as we are with ours.
When he said "We hear a lot of talk about how we are becoming a 'globalized world.' But the relationships that people value in this country are local. There is no global anthem. No global currency. No certificate of global citizenship. We pledge allegiance to one flag and that flag is the American flag, From now on it is going to be: America First... Never anyone again will any other interests come before the interest of the American people. It is not going to happen again." I almost jumped out of my chair. Hell I almost jumped out of my skin. He gets it, he really gets it. That is what we have been wanting an American leader to say since Reagan left office. It is not about whether our country is "better" than any other country. It is not racist or xenophobic to say we pay taxes to our government to work for us, not the world. By the very words of the Constitution our government job is to look after interests of America first.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
That is what we want out of our leaders. America first, not the world first. Trump said that from the beginning and average people like it.
His connection is that he understands what we have been saying for at least 20 years. We need to stop our jobs from leaving the country. We need to take Islamic Extremists like Al Qaeda, ISIS and others seriously and destroy them. We need to address the crime rate in our inner cities. We need to take care of our vets. We need to deal with the illegal immigrants who have repeatedly been deported and keep coming back and end up killing American citizens. In other words, we need to put America first.
This connection is why a large amount of what the media and the elites say about Trump is ignored. We know what we see. We know that the press has a bad tendency to distort stories about him. We know that the press will try to make a left leaning agenda the mainstream and a conservative agenda "extreme". That is even though middle America is a center/right. The press makes it clear every day that they are out of touch with the American people. Sadly probably more than the people in Hollywood.
Bring it all together.
You put all of this together and the middle class, the working class, the forgotten class said enough. We are the ones who pay the taxes. We are the ones who do the work. We are the ones who put in the blood sweat and tears to make it possible for the social programs to exist. For all the government spending. We realize that if you tax every rich person at 100% you would still not have enough money to operate the government. We will not be told to shut up, pay our taxes and to let the government tell us what to eat, what to think, what kind of car to drive or whatever the progressive and popular movement is at the time.
We did exactly what Michael Moore said. We delivered the biggest F you in the history of the world.
About the author
I am a certified webmaster who has lived a life dealing with bipolar depression. My goal is to not only help others dealing with bipolar and depression but to help those around them to understand what is going with their loved ones. I write about how I deal with it and hope that it inspires you to understand that you don't have to let it control you. You control it. I write the way I talk. I want you to feel like I am talking with you in a conversation, not preaching at you in a way that makes you feel like you have to do what I tell you. I hope you enjoy my blog posts about not only bipolar but all things that I write about.