Trump: Underestimating his base

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It’s not unusual for Donald Trump’s loyalist to swallow and cover one eye as they bare witness to his unorthodox presidency . They’re not happy with his late night tweets and some of his controversial comments. For many, his promise of change, in the courts to uphold their values is worth it. Members of his base feel the America they knew has abandon them.  White men of a certain age believe they under siege and they believe Donald Trump is was the only man who will restore their values.


While 45, insist’s  “he is the least racist person we will ever know”  His words and actions are well documented. The Federal Government sued his fathers Real Estate Company for discrimination.    In 1973, he insisted that he and his fathers company never discriminated against prospective Black and Puerto Rican tenants.


Excerpt from Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump – His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall (1991)  By: John O’Donnell and James Rutherford

John O’Donnell worked for Trump for three years, including one year as the president and chief operating officer of the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City.  The following is a conversation he had with Donald Trump. 

I’ve got a black accountant. at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza.  Black guys counting my money! I hate it!  The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.  Those are the kind of people I want counting my money, nobody else.   Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else.  I think that the guy is lazy and its probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks, it really is.  I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.


Through the years he made negative comments about Puerto Ricans as well as Mexicans, Native Americans, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, women, and people with disabilities. He and his Father has paid thousands in fine for discriminating against people of color in their various businesses.

Trump’s Base

In his latest distraction (To move the spotlight off  the cruel treatment of those border detainees) He attacked the four freshmen Congresswomen, for having an opinion.

While current polls show an overwhelming support for him by members of Republican party after his racist statement. Who insist “Go Back to Where you came from” isn’t racist. There is a group of Republicans who may take umbrage by that comment.


According to Pew research, in 2015 17% of Americans are in interracial marriages. (56 million people) The 2010 census found the number of interracial marriages is growing rapidly in the red states. Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.

When your exposed to a different culture, your view and values

often change. When Donald Trump said ” Go Back To Where you came from” he could be talking about, a someone’s Hispanic Grandchild, an African American Cousin. Those words not only affect the person of color, but it affects the rest of the family. For some white families “Where you came from” is personal” as they have experienced the pain via their loved ones.

Donald Trump may have underestimated his base.   As the polls indicate his base may support him over a Democratic candidate, that alone doesn’t insure votes. Many of his policies have had a negative effect on members of his base who voted for him a few years ago.

 Last year, there was a mandate in the last election that swept in women and people of color in numbers never seen before.    His attacks on women ,continues to erode his support among women voters.  Donald Trump  must broaden his appeal beyond baby boomers (specifically) white male baby boomers.  Last weekend his “Go back where you came from” quietly stirred some of his base.  Interracial families, who understand the pain generated from those six words, may simply sit out the election.