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

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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.


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.

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