Since the election there's been this weird back and forth about whether Trump voters were motivated by The Economic Insecurity or by The Racism. . . .So on the way home yesterday I got behind a car with four bumper stickers. The driver was a white guy in his 30s with tattoos on every visible square inch of skin.
I think it's important to note that the average Trump voter isn't actually an unemployed coal miner, because facts matter, and the portrayal Trump as Working Class Hero (sometimes they remember to write "White") is silly and wrong. Trump's base are not the marginal voters who switched to him from Obama, they are the same Republicans who vote Republican every 4 years. But as for the "but they're racists!" argument. Yes, yes they are. People who are racists generally vote for Republicans.
The first bumper sticker read "Pave the Bay." That's supposed to be a parody (ha ha, very funny) of "Save the Bay," the movement to clean up and protect Narragansett Bay, which is the defining geographic feature of Rhode Island. His proposed engineering project seems implausible, and I don't see what is to be gained by it. I suspect that for some reason he just doesn't like people who want to save the bay.
The second bumper sticker read "Speak English, or go back to whatever sorry-assed country you left." Ha ha again. Funny thing, he had an Italian flag decal in the back window.
Third bumper sticker: "Some people are alive simply because it is illegal to kill them." So he wants to kill people. That seems nice.
Fourth bumper sticker, and I'll bet you can guess it. "Trump. Make America Great Again."
The Trump base is scheduled to show up in Phoenix tonight. What the over-under on the number of confederate battle flags?