‘There are ‘angry white men,' but is ‘Trump the answer’?
Former US President Bill Clinton and US President-elect Donald Trump are trading insults in the wake of the Electoral College vote.
Giving an interview to the local Record-Review newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, Clinton harshly criticized Trump.
The ex-President said: “He doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” The statement was followed by Trump’s answer on twitter saying that Clinton ran a failed election with an unlimited budget.
Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations). He "doesn't know much" ...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 20 декабря 2016 г.
Conservative commentator Ernie White, and Brad Bauman, a partner at the progressive lobbyists the Pastorum Group, joined RT America’s Ed Schultz to discuss the matter.
RT: Brad, what’s your reaction to Bill Clinton stepping up on the political stage with the negative comment about the incoming President?
Brad Bauman: President Clinton has a right to be angry. I think it is ok to share that anger. Let’s be very, very clear: there is a grain of truth to what President Clinton said. I would have probably taken it a little further and said that what Trump is best able to do – is to dupe angry white men. To dupe scared, white men into believing that somehow he has the power to fix all that ills our country, when in reality he’s selling us all just a lot of crud, frankly.
RT: Ernie, what’re your thoughts on that?
Ernie White: First of all, President Trump won the election, and he won the election by having all people vote for him. He won the election by winning the electoral votes that he needed to win. He didn’t spend his time in California, where he knows those 56 electoral votes are not going to go to him. He spent his time in places where the electoral vote matter. He didn’t spend his time in New York – those votes weren’t going to go to him. If the system was not electoral college, Trump would have gone to those states, and he would have campaigned. So Trump did what he had to do to win the election – that is what he did. We’re very excited. Look at these terror attacks going on – we’re very excited to have President Trump...
RT: Bill Clinton is admitting that there are “angry white men” out there. Hillary didn’t get them, and Trump did. That is what he thinks the election was all about. What did Trump do with these “angry white men?”
EW: Trump won the women’s vote too. Hillary was supposed to win the women’s vote. Guess what, Trump next time is going to start digging in that Black vote, the Hispanic vote, as well. You know why? Because people are going to see that change that he promises, real change in America, and not the change that Obama brought to us, which was nothing more than just socialism, which is something that we’re really tired of. We want our country back!
especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states ( and more). They focused on wrong states— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 20 декабря 2016 г.
RT: Brad, where do you go to rejuvenate those union workers? What would be your advice at this point?
BB: The very first thing that I think we need to do is: we need to acknowledge the fact that the so-called angry white men that exist in our country have a right to be angry. Because they were told, we were all told, that if you work hard, you play by the rules, you go to college, etc. – you’re going to be able to provide for your family. And guess what? Millionaires and billionaires, like the ones that Trump is putting into his cabinet, have made sure that every piece of economic power goes straight to the top in this country, and they’ve been sold a ‘bill of goods.’ And I agree because I am angry too. But guess what: Trump is not the answer here.
RT: I’ve heard a number of people saying in the African-American community that Barack Obama did not address Black youth unemployment. When Ferguson, Missouri, was burning, he stood silent only to send the Attorney General down there. Ernie, what would be your advice to Donald Trump to reverse the numbers of Black youth unemployment in America?
EW: The first thing Trump did during the election was – he started going to the church; he started to go to the Black leaders in the churches - started to talk the communities. He is going to start working with the crime elements that are happening in our community. And the one thing he is going to do is start bringing jobs back to our community. Yet, we don’t have white collar jobs, but we need jobs that we can work with our hands again. Those are the factory jobs, those are the kinds of that are going to come back to community –we’re going to see a change.
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