But I did predict his victory, documented in an election-eve text with my friend Matt. I started calling it for Trump about a week before the election, as numerous polls showed Trump entering into a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton.
Much of the media spun that into a sure Electoral College victory for Clinton. Some had even begun writing post-Trump analyses of the GOP’s next steps after the impending election disaster.
I kept seeing flashbacks to 1980, when the chattering classes viewed Reagan as a madman incapable / undeserving of the reins of government, and the polls showed Carter winning.
And while I didn’t vote for Trump, I have many friends and family members who did. Their argument always started with their discomfort with “political correctness.”
I view political correctness as a pejorative term that really describes the Biblical Golden Rule — treat people the way they want to be treated.
That means adding a Q to LGBT. It means embracing new bathroom and marriage rules. It means using the term “people of color” and not “colored people.” It means understanding the finer points of #blacklivesmatter.
The fact that white Trump voters are exhausted by political correctness doesn’t make them racist. Yes, plenty of racists supported Trump, just as there are plenty of idiots in my industry. It doesn’t make us all idiots, nor does it make me responsible for their behavior.
In particular, Black Lives Matter confuses many whites. When they trot out #alllivesmatter, it’s because they don’t understand the fact that average African Americans routinely have unnerving experiences with police.
Plus, if they would just obey cops, they wouldn’t get shot so much.
So to white Trump voters, it makes sense that all lives matter.
Yet they’re reviled as racist for saying it. So they’re drawn to Trump. He stood up against political correctness. He got clobbered for it. He didn’t retreat.
Within that framework, all of his excesses could be excused because he didn’t back away from his many flaws. “Build the wall” was politically incorrect. Banning Muslims was politically incorrect. Even if the details of those promises were problematic, his willingness to make them and stick to them made him singularly appealing.
So now we’ve got Trump. His first act was to banish a traveling press pool, which likely would be composed mostly of people who didn’t vote for him.
Very politically incorrect.