|"So I'm a bigot. I'm still gonna win." What if he does?|
Polls just this weekend reveal that large majorities of Americans -- and a significant minority of Republicans -- agree that Donald Trump is biased against women and minorities.
But the new Post/ABC News poll released over the weekend raises questions about whether Clinton’s remarks were really a political mistake. If Clinton’s goal was to force a public discussion of Trump’s bigotry and chauvinism, well, the Post poll finds that a large majority of Americans agree with her that Trump is biased against women and minorities, including among the voter groups that Trump needs to improve among in order to win.
The Post poll, which found Clinton leading Trump by five points among likely voters nationwide, also found that 60 percent of Americans believe Trump “is biased against women and minorities,” with 48 percent believing that strongly. According to the crosstabs, college educated whites believe this by 57-41, and college educated white women — a crucial demographic that the campaigns are fighting over — believe it by 61-39.
What’s more, majorities of college educated white men and non-college white women also believe this. Indeed, as James Downie puts it: “At this point, the only group of voters that doesn’t think Trump is biased is white men without a college degree.”Speaking of James Downie, he chimes in:
The demographic breakdown on that question looks even worse for Trump. 66 percent of women think he is biased. So do 75 percent of Hispanics and 77 percent of African Americans; 59 percent of independents answer in the affirmative, including 69 percent of female independents. Even 37 percent of self-described conservatives see him as biased — a strikingly high number in such a polarized electorate.Who might be the bigots in Hillary's "basket of deporables?" Might they be white men without a college degree? Might they be bigoted against women and minorities? You want them on your softball team at work? You want to have a beer with them after the game?
I don't know, maybe you do. Maybe you're part of the 37 percent of Republicans that think Trump is bigoted and see that as a feature, not a bug. Or maybe you're in the other "basket," you know, the basket full of decent Republicans that will vote for Trump because he might start World War III, but he'll nominate good judges!
Heaven help us all and hope that Hillary Clinton at least got some of these people thinking.