At the last presidential election, the press and pollsters got it about as wrong as two left feet. Few people believed that Trump could triumph over the brilliant and accomplished secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Then the director of the FBI—Remember Mr. Comey?—called a press conference, and Clinton’s hopes were blown to smithereens.
But that wasn’t the only reason Clinton didn’t win. Some voters, sensitive about public reactions to their support for Trump, quietly kept their choice close to their chest, went into the booth, and voted. If they got called by a pollster, they simply lied. Think about it. Can pollsters be so wrong? I have no idea how many people are doing this, but it seems entirely credible.
White working class people were betrayed by NAFTA and the resultant flight abroad of U.S. jobs. Most of these jobs were manufacturing jobs which built big ticket items like cars, refrigerators, and the like. Those jobs are gone and gone for good.
Will the Dems bring them back? Don’t hold your breath? Will Trump? Not on your life. It’s gone. Sorry. So, some people are biding their time and hiding their vote in an attempt to shake up the system. Think of that, and do not be surprised about the next election.
From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.