2016-11-23 / Letters

It was racism that elected Donald Trump

DEAR EDITOR

I waited for all the experts to check in and tell me how a morally, ethically, and legally challenged person with no qualifications for the job, that’s Donald Trump, could be elected President of the United States. Some blamed it on Hillary Clinton and her baggage. Baggage it was, but nowhere near his. Uninspiring yes, but experienced and qualified in almost all facets of the job.

So as the demographics came in, we saw it was the white vote all over this country that won him the election. White people who rarely voted came out. White non-college educated men overwhelmingly voted for him. Despite his demeaning behavior regarding women, the majority of non-college educated white women voted for him. White supremacist groups saw Donald Trump as their hero. Somehow, it really did happen. The small, far right-wing portion of the Republican Party first captured the nomination, and then the general election.

Then came the quotes from people who voted for Donald Trump. I voted for him because: He’ll bring back jobs; he’ll make foreign countries pay their share; he’ll get rid of undesirable immigrants; he’ll build the wall; he’ll place tariffs on products made in foreign countries; and he’s for America first. It goes on and on, and it’s all bull.

No truly objective person could believe Trump is ready to be President. The reason all those white people voted for Donald Trump, pure and simple, was racism. They’ll never say it in public, but there it is. They’re tired of the liberals running the country. They’re tired of an African-American President and other high-ranking African-American appointees. They’re tired of the “elites” and the “bankers.” There’s always someone else to blame for what they think is wrong with this country.

By the way, as a Jewish- American, I believe many of the white people who voted for Trump use words like, “elites,” “bureaucrats,” “bankers,” and “liberals,” as substitute words for “Jews.” You think I’m overreacting? Well, read Adolf Hitler’s speeches in the 1920s and 1930s. You can find them on the Internet.

Donald Trump will shortly be the most powerful person in the world, and have full control of the House and Senate. Barring indictment or impeachment, the only minimum control is the ineffectual Republican establishment. Good luck! America and the world are in deep trouble.

David R. Weinraub
Cherry Hill

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