Roaming Charges: Whitelash, White Heat?

Clair, Jeffrey ST.

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  11/11/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20136

Debunking Whitelash Theory in the context of the 2016 US presidential election and more.


Was Hillary Clinton felled by a "whitelash" at the polls? Did a stealth surge of angry white voters fueled by an incendiary racial animus fool pollsters (not to mention Robby Mook, who ran 400,000 simulations of the election) and overwhelm Clinton’s identity politics coalition on election day?

This Whitelash Theory is rapidly becoming the conventional wisdom in Democratic Party circles to rationalize Clinton’s shocking defeat. But is it true?

There's no doubt Clinton lost the white vote. Lost it big: 58-27. She was even trounced by Trump with white women voters by a stunning 53 to 43% margin. Think about that for a moment. More than half of the white women who bothered to vote preferred a serial sexual predator to Hillary Clinton. (Hillary won the total women's vote 54 to 42 percent. But that's one percent less than the 55% Obama got in 2012!)
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