But heaven forbid we say anything disparaging regarding these Trump Supporters.
Make no mistake about it. There were clear battle lines drawn and by not voting for Hillary they helped elect Trump.
From The Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article162307118.html
BY Jonathan Capehart
The Washington Post
July 18, 2017
What we clearly see in the focus groups is they don’t regret what they did.”
“They” are millennials of color who either didn’t vote or voted third party. And for Cornell Belcher, the president of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, who was the pollster for the Democratic National Committee under then-Chairman Howard Dean and for both of Barack Obama’s campaigns for the White House, this makes them the new swing voters the Democratic Party should be trying to win over.
Belcher came to this conclusion after conducting focus groups, commissioned by the Civic Engagement Fund, in Milwaukee and Fort Lauderdale in May. The goal was to find out why young voters who previously voted for Obama either sat out the 2016 election or voted for one of the third-party candidates. The results were sobering.
“They are so outraged at the broken politics that they see on both sides,” Belcher told me, “that they really think that them protesting their vote … makes both parties have to pay attention.”
And there is pointed ire at the Democratic Party. One participant was particularly blunt. “You’re damn right, I don’t have any loyalty to Democrats,” a person of color said in a focus group in Fort Lauderdale. “If Republicans want to get real about s–t that’s happening in my community, I would vote for every one of them. Then maybe Democrats would take us serious, too.”
The Democratic Party had better be paying attention now. When you look at the third-party vote margins in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the missed opportunity jumps off the page.
Continue reading at: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article162307118.html
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