How the Rust Belt Gave Obama the Middle Finger
It was April of 2008, seven months before the election, Marxist radical Barack Obama was still campaigning against Hillary Clinton to be the Democrat presidential nominee and he was already giving the middle finger to a huge swath of Americans, a precursor to an offensive gesture that would be often repeated during his dictatorial rule.
Obama insulted rural working-class Midwestern Americans in old small industrial towns decimated by job losses. Speaking to fellow progressives in San Francisco, unaware that he was being recorded, Obama described Pennsylvanians. It should have been seen as the first sign of just how much he hates American culture and America as a whole:
“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Obama believed that he could guilt and shame, using the Saul Alinsky tactics he mastered while instructing fellow leftist community agitators in Chicago, into voting for him not based on the content of his character, but on the color of his skin.
And he was right, of course. It worked and millions of white voters elected Obama over Republican John McCain and in 2012, over Mitt Romney who was taken to the political guillotine over his much less offensive “47 percent” remark.
Pennsylvania hadn’t voted for a Republican president since 1988, and Democrats thought they owned it going forward. Reagan won it in 1980 and 1984, and George H. W. Bush took Pennsylvania on Reagan’s coattails.
Similarly, Rust Belt states like Michigan and Wisconsin comprised what Democrat imagined as their “Blue Wall” of protection to the presidency for Hillary Clinton, as those states also had not given a Republican nominee a majority vote count since the 1980’s.
Speaking at a various Hillary Clinton rallies and event throughout the campaign season, President Pen and Phone characterized not voting for Hillary Clinton as a rejection of his “legacy.” It was a common theme that was pushed hard in an attempt to guilt Americans into voting for corrupt and scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, who had her own Alinsky-style politics in action, referring to supporters of Donald Trump as a “basket of deplorables.”
Fast-forward to 2016, and voters in several Midwest and Rust Belt states, as were millions of other Americans, sick and tired of being insulted by the political ruling class, and as a result, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, despite voter apprehensions about Donald Trump.
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An analysis by Cleveland.com showed that…
In Wisconsin, Trump flipped the margin from the Romney-Obama race by 20 percentage points or more in 32 counties. Statewide, he gained nearly 8 points on Romney’s 2012 performance. Wisconsin’s rural southwestern counties, with small minority populations, went for Obama in 2012 but swung to Trump by 20 points or more.
In Michigan, the unofficial count shows Trump leading by 13,107 votes among 4.8 million ballots cast, a margin too close to call before the official tally is complete. But regardless of whether Trump holds on for the win in Michigan, his performance represents a significant improvement for the GOP in what had been a reliably blue presidential state.
Trump improved on Romney’s performance over Obama in all but 10 of the state’s 83 counties, including Detroit’s Wayne County. Trump flipped rural Lake County red with 59 percent of the vote compared to Clinton’s 36 percent. Obama won the county in 2012, 52 to 47 percent.
Obama won Pennsylvania in 2012 by 5.4 percentage points; Trump swung the state to win it by 1.2 points. Trump outperformed Romney’s margins in all but five of the state’s 67 counties.
Lackawanna County, where Clinton’s father and Joe Biden hail from, went to Obama by a margin of 27 points. Trump closed the gap to only 3.4 points.
Hillary Clinton stupidly ran her campaign as the “third term of Obama,” which resonated well with out-of-touch elitist progressive types on both coasts, but went over like a fart in church with real America. Americans were tired of getting ridiculed and guilt-tripped into supporting all of Obama’s anti-American policies.
And they were not in the mood to reward him with another term in office, someone who promised to continue down the same path 70 percent of Americans thought was the wrong one, by voting for a woman who is morally and ethically more qualified for the Big House than the White House.
And to Donald Trump’s credit, this “flyover country,” those of us not living on one of the coasts, not just ignored but actually looked down upon by the Democrat Party for years, were finally spoken directly to with a hopeful, uplifting message and it was music to their ears.