Only one racial sub-group voted for Trump – White Americans must do some soul searching

Imagine if Black or Muslim Americans had voted for an equivalently extreme candidate

Image: Jamelle Boule

The South African comedian Trevor Noah, now presenter of The Daily Show in the U.S, used to do a sketch about when he first got to the US.

He remarked how he thought it was funny how Americans were all put into racial groups. That you had ‘Black Americans’, ‘Hispanic Americans’ you even had the native Indian populations called ‘Native Americans’ apart from one: white people — they were lucky enough to be just ‘Americans’.

In the aftermath of this shocking US Presidential Election, we can see the above observation being reflected in how the election result is being reported and explained.

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We have heard that the ‘black American’ vote was down, that the ‘Hispanic American’ vote was not solidly for Clinton, but these are ridiculous explanations of the results.

The Black American vote was an incredible 88 per cent behind Clinton and the Hispanic community turned out in record numbers giving Clinton a win in Nevada and coming close to helping her win in victory in Florida, even though in 2000 44 per cent of this group voted Republican.

The next explanation is to segment by wealth, blaming the ‘blue collar American’ for turning to Trump. This analysis works on the basic level that ‘blue collar’ non-college educated white workers did vote more for Trump, but kindly forgets that so did college educated white American and also, neatly forgets the analysis that the average Trump was far richer than the average American.

No, let us be frank:

If we divide America into racial subgroups, only one group voted overwhelmingly for Trump, and that was the ‘White American’ — with a margin of over twenty per cent (58 per cent voting for Trump and only 37 per cent for Clinton). In every other racial grouping, it was the reverse, by at least a ratio of  two to one, they voted for Clinton.

Why is it important to state it so frankly? Well, just flip it around. Imagine a black candidate or, even better, a Muslim candidate ran for the Presidency and in the run-up to the vote this candidate stated that white people were rapists and murderers or were all on drugs. Imagine if, after a white supremacist’s mass killing, he said that all white people should be banned from entering the USA indefinitely. 

Now, imagine further, when the results came in the analysis found that the Black or Muslim population had overwhelmingly voted for him.  Just imagine the outcry, imagine the call for the community to do some ‘soul-searching’ about keeping to the American virtues of tolerance and respect for other communities.

Well, it is only natural to ask the  ‘White American’ to spend some time soul searching as to how, as a group, they voted for someone who was so outrageously racist as to be reason enough to disqualify him for inciting racial hatred.

Is there something central to how this group sees themselves as the real ‘Americans’, to return to Trevor Noah’s analogy, that allows someone to offend every other race so badly and still be electable?

Ranjit Sidhu is is the founder of SiD, Statistics into Decisions. Follow him on Twitter

See also: Angela Merkel shames Theresa May with message for next US president

22 Responses to “Only one racial sub-group voted for Trump – White Americans must do some soul searching”

  1. Cole

    The Republican white vote was only about 1% up on 2012 (more working class voted Trump, less of the highly educated). What’s amazing is the number of minority votes he got – and how Trump got significantly more of them than Romney in 2012.

  2. Michael WALKER

    Clinton lost 6 million votes compared to Obama in 2012.
    Some of those will be white votes.

    If you ignore your own voter base long enough, they will desert and vote for someone else. Period.

    Labour should be expert in this: they have enough recent experience . See Scotland . And UKIP gains in WWC areas.

    All Trump did will enunciate the concerns of many voters felt left behind by the Democrats and Republicans..

    Bearing in mind we are some 3,000 miles away from the US ‘Eastern seaboard and 6,000 from the West, writing ” ‘White American’ to spend some time soul searching ” is going to have zero impact. So I assume it was written for the writer to feel superior.

    You do realise that UK politics is going the same way as Labour voters are going to rebel at having their concerns ignored. (“bigots”. ?).Writings like this show the problem lies as much with politicians ignoring their own supporters as the supporters themselves. Even more so: the politicians are creating a vacuum to be filled.

  3. Mick

    Yeah, just imagine if Muslim tyrants swayed opinion and ruled a nation….

    Jeremy Corbyn would defend them. George Galloway would visit them. Lefties EVERYWHERE would make bucketloads of excuses at how everyone else is to blame.

    My, HASN’T THE WIND CHANGED! Well well well, you CAN’T get over your grief and panic! Somebody’s in power because YOU people can’t rule properly!

    Whites voted Obama too, TWICE. The Left are WRONG to play race games. Especially when Trump only blames criminals who happen to come from elsewhere!

    Left Left Left! Ooooo! You’ve a LOT of snowflaking to recover from!

  4. Mick

    Trump put hope in the hearts of whites who see ethnic crime ramp up faster than than that of whites – though colour’s not directly the issue and just a left wing smokescreen. Morons.

    That AND the factor of ‘affirmative action’, which sees black criminals and illegal immigrants given all the tea and sympathy by the left, and all the workplace damage such policies engender.

    The LEFT pit races against each other and are divisive. Get over yourselves and HELP OUT!

  5. GodfreyR

    The Republican vote hardly changed from 2008 and 2012. The Democratic vote has fallen drastically over the same period.

    Trump’s success has nothing to do with racism, but everything to do with a bad Democratic candidate.

  6. Mick

    As he says, Trump is no politician. But he does appeal to all the PC left are not.

    Now that’s a broad spectrum. Many Trump voters said it wasn’t the messenger but the message which appealed to them. These same forces will vote him out if he fails because they take no fools gladly. And this time, lefties ere the victims of public time-calling.

    It’s not so much a ‘bad’ Dem candidate but one the public know far better in advance.

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  8. Michael WALKER

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/11/daily-chart-5

    is well worth reading for its analysis of who voted what..

    ” Mr Trump proved his doubters wrong—and, if exit polls are to believed, appears to have done just as well as Mr Romney with black and Hispanic voters. It is possible that the prospect of voting Mr Trump was not as repulsive to racial minorities as was expected; though it is also possible that Mrs Clinton’s guarded demeanour failed to inspire would-be voters.”

  9. Doug1943

    This is absolutely correct.

    People on the Left should re-double their efforts to lecture the white working class on how stupid and evil they are.

    Proletarians of all countries … repent!

  10. Anon

    I don’t get this.

    The liberal left has been lecturing us for years on the racial make-up of the UK not matching representation in Parliament; that is that BAAME constituencies should be represented by BAAME candidates.

    Why is it surprising for white people to vote for white candidates?

    As far as I’m concerned, this is all about politicians failing the people they were meant to represent – no matter what their ethnicity is.

  11. Imran Khan

    I have had a look at the articles that Ranjit Sidhu has written and they are one long continuous whinge. I would like to assure readers that he is a minority amongst Asians as we generally just get on with life, are grateful for the freedoms this country gives us and wish that more of the world was able to enjoy them.

  12. Ranjit Sidhu

    Thank you so much for your comments, they really are informative: I can round up comment 1 to 10 to the argument in the article:

    “Why is it important to state it so frankly? Well, just flip it around. Imagine a black candidate or, even better, a Muslim candidate ran for the Presidency and in the run-up to the vote this candidate stated that white people were rapists and murderers or were all on drugs. Imagine if, after a white supremacist’s mass killing, he said that all white people should be banned from entering the USA indefinitely.

    Now, imagine further, when the results came in the analysis found that the Black or Muslim population had overwhelmingly voted for him. Just imagine the outcry, imagine the call for the community to do some ‘soul-searching’ about keeping to the American virtues of tolerance and respect for other communities.

    Well, it is only natural to ask the ‘White American’ to spend some time soul searching as to how, as a group, they voted for someone who was so outrageously racist as to be reason enough to disqualify him for inciting racial hatred ”

    My particular thanks is reserved to Imran Khan for taking the role of talking for “all Asians” ( brilliant, solve a lot of wars that way ! And you were called after a famous cricketer!). I was particularly amazed and in awe of how from my sentencing in the article he picked up I was Asian? Was it the use of pronoun? Or was it my name, hang on though, is it my name? In the same way your name my not be Imran Khan? Thing about the internet, hey, can’t always trust what people call themselves.

    Thank Peter Average

  13. Mick

    Islamic politicians and rulers HAVE been rapists and stuff. Sharia is the rule of law favouring barbarism which will never be repealed. We DO have rubbish like that.

    Even if what the liberals claim of Trump is true – which usually isn’t – he’s still a baby in comparison to what happens in the ME or Africa.

    Sorry.

  14. Ranjit Sidhu

    Mick , do you like maths?

    Do you think algebra did the world any good? Do you think philosophy, the study of medicine was important? I would recommend the “The Silk Road” by Peter Frankopan. I think you would find it interesting.

    Thank you for your comment Mick, all the best

  15. Michael WALKER

    >Ranjit
    Do you think algebra did the world any good? Do you think philosophy, the study of medicine was important? I would recommend the “The Silk Road” by Peter Frankopan. I think you would find it interesting.

    Of course the Muslim world did great things. All centuries ago. The problem is teh concept of merging state and church together just proved over centuries it does not provide stable Government. There has been no Islamic ” Enlightenment”..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment

    WE could follow your logic as follows:
    The German state from 1932 to 1945 brought us modern rocketry, modern advances in jet engines, and huge advances in chemistry. Does that mean that its political philosophy was acceptable? Of course not.

  16. Mick

    “Mick , do you like maths?”

    Muslims didn’t invent Maths, nor is algebra a credit to Islam. Mathematicians of the Muslim faith refined mathswork.

    Islam is a SIDE ISSUE. Wherever Muslim civilisations are touted, they were either in countries raped by jihad – where only Muslims enjoyed first class citizen status – or simply do not exist.

    Most of the things lefties and Muslims say were invented by Muslims WERE NOT.

  17. Mick

    PS – FIRST CLASS comment, Mr. Walker!

    Also, Muslim states crush or herald new tyrannies, as late as the so-called Arab Spring. These are brutal, faith-based dictatorships based directly on Muhammad’s teachings. The Sharia.

    That’s WAY different to the Church of the Christians. Except Catholocism, which was a Roman imperial invention.

  18. Ranjit Sidhu

    thank you, Micheal for understanding and explaining the point better then I could. As Micheal clear; point out:

    1 . “Muslim world did great things”
    and
    2. “merging state and church together just proved over centuries it does not provide stable Government.” Oh dear: UK, what were you thinking of?

    Thank you for your comment Micheal. Have a great day.

  19. Mick

    1. No, the Muslim world was and is a brutal tyranny, where Christians are still executed for their faith like that woman in Pakistan.

    Thank you for showing your true colours for liking all that.

    2. I never said either of those things anyway. Re-read the comments.

    As Mr. Walker said, you don’t love Nazi Germany becaue it gave us rockets, do you ??

    Or, do you???

  20. Michael WALKER

    >Micj

    You are being unfair.
    Every Government – or virtually all before the 19th century – – were nasty, brutal and reigned with the use of fear of the use of force, or by the use of force. (We had various people killed in riots up to the 19th century just for supporting universal sufferage,.

    And the Western World was even more brutal in its wars in the 20th century with killing on a scale unmatched by any tyrant – and not just once – but twice in half a century.

  21. Mick

    Yeah, there WERE bad-nasty men in the last century – who the rest of us fought to a monumental cost! Also, almost whatever happened at the hands of rich elites also were almost as nought compared to literally savage regimes whose behaviours made the Medieval crusaders look little delicate wallflowers.

    And who fought those regimes for freedom? Virtually anywhere Islamic has their roots in jihadic conquest. That’s how Turks are STILL divided between Sharia and secular and how Sunnis and Shias STILL knock seven bells from each other.

    Point being? Our ancestors used to be brutal as well. But we seem to have LEARNED!

  22. Mick

    And to close, the whole article is prejudicial. It assumed Trump actually did or said all the hysterical things which liberals claim. And if you watch Youtube, lefties can indeed literally scream and cry.

    Though nice sideways admission that LFF says black or Muslim leaders can be outer-limit whackjobs! A great confession!

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