Van Jones has a new CNN show and he did an interesting segment here where he spoke to Obama voters who turned to trump in 2016 let’s see what they had to say… Trumbull county, farmland and factories dominate the landscape and union Democrats dominate local politics but over the last 40 years well actually the last four years especially Obama’s second-term industry has been hit hard many steel mills, manufacturing plants have been closed and thousands of jobs have been lost I’m invited to dinner with a family of Trump supporters to talk politics. Hello how are you?
Scott Seitz is a lifelong Democrat who voted for Obama twice Cameron, his only son who was old enough to vote in the last election also supported Obama This year all four Seitz men voted for Trump What did you like about obama, and then what did you like about Trump? I think Obama represents a lot of love and I think that he’s a good man and he did all he could and we supported him for two elections yeah
and then when those changes really didn’t come about and Obamacare actually affected me personally with my own mother I think we need to change once again Trump seem to come through here and he speaking change again so i think we still voted for change.
You want to get in here? You know, I wouldn’t vote for either one So you voted for a Democrat all the way But could not vote for Hillary Clinton No, it was just her morals and his morals, I just no They both scared me.
So let me give you guys a chance to respond to some of the stereotypes about all the Trump voters… All Trump voters hate the Mexicans, they hate Muslims, they don’t like black people they’re just, there was the all of his explosive kind of racial talk was what really got everybody going. One of my jobs is helping counseling individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addictions and I’m just going by the statistics at my location most of them are minorities, I would probably go as far as to say eighty eighty-five percent so you know what if that were the case and if I was racist then I just don’t believe that I’d be very good at my job
but I’m not the stereotype that individuals think we are. So how does a billionaire, I mean you guys were serious, like, the working-class backbone of America and the industrial heartland how does a billionaire break through to the blue-collar worker? We put democrats in office and
she turned around and forgot completely about us
we are what makes this world go round We built the tanks and bombs that won this country’s wars and for you to come through here and completely neglect us we would have rather vote for, for anybody instead of her and all the other stuff that Donald said didn’t seem to make a hill of beans, she hurt us and that’s what it is. What a racist,
oh what a fucking misogynist he sounds like he despises Muslims let me tell you okay look I don’t mean to be flippant because the reality is sure there are many Donald Trump supporters who did vote for him because of those horrific grotesque bigoted things he said I’m not downplaying that all i’m saying is there are other people who voted for him who did not vote for him because of that gross shit he said they voted for him despite that they overlooked that and thought exactly what he just said we voted for change we voted for change with Obama they voted for Obama twice
but now we voted for Trump why because he didn’t do anything for us and Trump’s saying i’m going to change things now understand that’s not the case for everybody so yeah Obama did do things for many people if you’re somebody who had a pre-existing condition and couldn’t get health care, health insurance now you can well yeah he made your life a lot better if you were somebody who made a forty-two thousand dollars a year and Obama changed it so you now get overtime pay and before you didn’t he affected your life for the better but if you’re somebody who’s factory got shut down and the jobs shipped overseas under Obama and you know meanwhile he’s pushing for TPP and pushing for even worse trade deals that would make it so we lose even more jobs well Obama didn’t really help you on that front now did he So it’s different things for different people but the reality is what they’re saying is true it is true that in the Rust Belt these old factory towns they’re struggling it is true that the Democrats have used these voters to get elected and then haven’t done dick for them and then that leads to the next point he went on to say “She completely forgot about us” who can argue against that?
I mean Bill Clinton voted for NAFTA, she vocally supported NAFTA, she pushed for TPP 45 times and called it the gold standard so she’s been in favor of most of these free trade agreements and again that’s the heart of the issue for these people so she did forget about them and then he goes on to say the thing that hit home the most for me is he says all the other things that Trump said didn’t seem to amount to a hill of beans so in other words all the time like when Trump said TPP is gonna rape us and the media went on for three days about he used the word rape in an offensive context when they ran the ads of him cursing, him giving see CPAC speech and saying fuck Him, you know, just being a general foul-mouthed kind of dude and then they portray that as How are you going to vote for him?
How are you going to vote for him? He uses bad language
I don’t know how you’re going to vote for him… He goes that didn’t amount to anything to me because that’s bullshit fake outrage we’re struggling over here and this guy went out there and at least pretended to give a fuck where as Hillary Clinton what was the,
what was the central theme of her campaign what was it?
Break down the barriers, Stronger together,
(Those are vague things) and America is already great.
So hold on that’s going to be your counter argument when he says make America great again you’re gonna say America is already great.
What message does that send? hey man America’s already great so why don’t we just keep going on the same path that we’re going on right now and just acknowledge how awesome it is How is that message gonna resonate with somebody whose life is in shambles because their jobs got shipped overseas?
They’re gonna say I certainly don’t feel like America’s already great! So they are too caught up in their corporatist Democratic elite bubble because they look around everybody they know is doing fantastic they’re doing really well, you know, under Obama he’s done many good things,
I don’t want you guys to get me wrong here but, you know their main indicator of how well average Americans are doing are the unemployment rate and the stock market two of the worst indicators for how average Americans are actually doing. The stock market is a reflection of how the richest of the rich Americans are doing and the unemployment rate just tells you fewer people are unemployed which is a good thing but it’s not the end-all be-all because for example higher wage jobs were replaced with lower-wage jobs post the recession
so though more people are employed There are underemployed too
there are people who are underemployed so they’re getting jobs that are shitty jobs that they’re not happy at So that’s not, these are not good indicators but the Democrats were so caught in their own elitist bubble they were like But what do you mean,
What do you want? The fucking stock markets doing great, all my rich buddies tell me they’re doing awesome and the unemployment rates down so get over it, get get over it We’re better than Bush Yeah you’re better than Bush,
that’s not saying much! That motherfucker gets a
F minus-minus-minus so what,
you want a pat on the back for a D? So understand man,
if the Democrats want to ignore guys like this ok, keep losing,
keep fucking losing keep fucking losing
by the way who’s message would resonate with a guy like this? I wonder, if only there was another Democrat in the race who actually gave a shit about factory jobs and actually gave a shit about infrastructure and actually gave a shit about everybody in the country There was And the democrats did everything they could to make sure he didn’t get the nomination Because
Hillary’s more electable,
Hillary’s more electable Hillary’s more electable! How the fuck did that work out for you and now the same people who made the shitty predictions then
are the ones who are trying to tell us which direction the party should go in now not on my watch bitch not on my watch!