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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 08:13 PM

trump has alienated tens of thousands of voters in Florida




He publicly doubted Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico and spread conspiracy theories about it. He reportedly called Haiti a “shithole.” He balked at the idea of allowing Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian into the U.S., explaining that it risked bringing in “some very bad people.”

Since taking office as president, Donald Trump has alienated what looks like a mini-United Nations of voters with deep connections to other countries, tens of thousands of whom live in the state that’s essential to his re-election — Florida.

Taken individually, these groups are just a marginal problem for a statewide candidate. But Florida is a state historically won at the margins — Trump won the state by just 1.2 percentage points in 2016.

The political turf is shifting in Florida as more and more non-white voters are added to the rolls both as a result of domestic and international migration, and natural growth. Since the last midterm election, 42 percent of the new voters who have registered are nonwhite. For the same period in the last presidential cycle, the percentage was 38.

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Reply trump has alienated tens of thousands of voters in Florida (Original post)
Gothmog Oct 7 OP
RKP5637 Oct 7 #1
Cha Oct 7 #2
Bleacher Creature Oct 7 #3
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 7 #4
Celerity Oct 7 #5
Kath2 Oct 7 #6

Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 08:26 PM

1. tRump, is wrecking the GOP and the republicans are too stupid and only worried about their own skins

in congress to get what is going on. They might be surprised when they lose the Presidency, House and Senate in 2020.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 08:39 PM

2. GOOD!

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:26 PM

3. And yet they came through for DeSantis and Scott last year.

If Trump's actions are only causing problems for him, and not FL Republicans in general, it means that there will be a ton of cross-over voting next year, which I guess is possible.

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Response to Bleacher Creature (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:30 PM

4. the rigging of Florida will not disappear for 2020

Floridians need to GOTV like never before to overcome GOPer cheating.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:41 PM

5. "He's not hurting the people he needs to be": a Florida Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

A Trump voter hurt by the shutdown reveals the real reason the president attracts hardcore supporters.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/8/18173678/trump-shutdown-voter-florida

On Monday, the New York Times’s Patricia Mazzei published a dispatch from Marianna, Florida — a small, politically conservative town that depends on jobs from a federal prison and thus has been deeply hurt by the government shutdown. In the piece, Marianna residents grapple with the fact that President Donald Trump, who most residents support, is playing a role in the pain created by lost wages. Most Marianna residents support Trump’s border wall, his key demand in the shutdown fight, and don’t blame him for the fight. But Crystal Minton, a secretary at the prison who is also a single mother caring for disabled parents, had a somewhat different reaction — one that reveals an essential truth about the core Trump’s political appeal.

“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” Minton told Mazzei. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.


Think about that line for a second. Roll it over in your head. In essence, Minton is declaring that one aim of the Trump administration is to hurt people — the right people. Making America great again, in her mind, involves inflicting pain.

This is not an accident. Trump’s political victory and continuing appeal depend on a brand of politics that marginalizes and targets groups disliked by his supporters. Trump supporters don’t so much love the Republican party as they hate Democrats, a phenomenon political scientists call “negative partisanship.” They like Trump not because he sells them on the GOP, but because they believe he’ll stick it to the Democrats harder than anyone else.

The president’s particular brand of identity politics — the racist attacks on blacks and Latinos, the Muslim ban, his cruel treatment of women — similarly depends on negative rather than positive appeals. Antoine Banks, a political psychologist at the University of Maryland, wrote a book on the connection between anger as an emotion and racial politics. When politicians gin up anger, an emotion that necessarily has a negative target, voters tend to think about the world in more racial (and racist) terms. Trump makes his voters angry, he centers that anger on hated targets, and that makes them want to take his side. This is what makes Trumpism work. This is the dark heart of our political moment. Even people who are tremendously vulnerable themselves, like Crystal Minton, support Trump because of his capacity to inflict pain on others they detest. The cruelty, as the Atlantic’s Adam Serwer says, is the point.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:00 PM

6. That would be a good thing.

To see Florida go blue in 2020.

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