The Deplorables: A look at the 2016 elections as canidates race for the White House


Donald Trump unveils child-care policy influenced by Ivanka Trump. Photo by Michael Vadon.

Gus Flores

Donald Trump unveils child-care policy influenced by Ivanka Trump. Photo by Michael Vadon.

The 2016 presidential race, that started a record of 21 months before election day, has seen unbelievable candidates and campaign strategies that have thoroughly riled up Americans. With Clinton’s chances of winning currently at 93%, the next commander-in-chief will have to face the bursting animosity left in Trumps losing wake.

Trump has done more than ruffle a few feathers on the campaign trail. His lack of strong GOP support, and debate performances have correlated with lowering poll numbers, not to mention the average expected republican voter turnout has lowered by 10% this election. Despite the numbers not being in his favor for the end run, Trump has gathered ardent supporters who have kept his campaign afloat. Supporters who agree with his policies and are in strong opposition to “Crooked Hilary”

The reason Trump has been so successful in creating a following is because his campaign attracts one of the few demographics Clinton’s campaign does not: the white uneducated working-class, specifically men. Clinton has gone after minority groups just as the media has finally begun to cover American societies crimes against minorities. American hierarchical has not shifted in reality, but in the eyes of low-income, white Americans, suddenly a spotlight has been shined on those directly below them. Clinton is representative of a threat to this hierarchy, a hierarchy where no matter how poor and uneducated you are, as long as you’re white you’re not at the bottom.

Trump, someone who has spoke little of equal rights and stopping corruption in the justice system, has allowed this resentment to flourish. His campaign slogan is a message to his saying, “I’ll put you back on your wrung, and put them back on theirs.”

Clinton has played into this tension when she called half of Trumps supporters “deplorables”, but it is true the the white middle class is shrinking and many are slipping into poverty. Clinton’s policies such as supporting rural communities with stronger healthcare and education, lowering college debt, revamping medicare, and increasing wages would ideally benefit many of Trump’s supporters.

However, policies may not be enough for Clinton to accommodate for Trump supporters, a deeper issue has been struck. America’s underlying division is coming to the surface as some republicans are voting for Trump simply because he is not a democrat. Clinton will have to directly address the issues facing middle/lower class white Americans, even if they are issues shared by minorities, if she wants to gain approval. This may be counterproductive to the growing, but still oppressed, narrative of minorities that Clinton, as a major public figure, activists, and organizations have worked to support.

She may be leading in the polls and the predictions, but Clinton’s failure to gain strong support from the demographic Trump has found so much in, will follow her in January. Unless Clinton starts preaching about the struggles of underprivileged white men, instead of discussing the results of hundreds of years of systematic oppression of women, blacks, hispanics, LGBTQ+ and religious minorities, the division will continue to grow.