Donald Trump won America’s presidential election.

Why?

Because he’s racist.  Because you’re racist.  Because America’s racist.

That’s what Liberals say, anyways.

Through their gentle weeping and tearful sobs, they say Trump’s victory had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton’s scandal-infested, corrupt past.  Nor did it have anything to do with Mexico using NAFTA like a giant straw to suck away America’s jobs.  And no, it had nothing to do with illegal aliens colonizing America’s cities.

No.  It’s because Americans are racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, [insert random word here]phobic bigots.

Their evidence?  They say so.  According to New York Times:

Businessman Donald Trump was a bigot. Candidate Donald Trump was a bigot. Republican nominee Donald Trump was a bigot. And I can only assume that President Donald Trump will be a bigot. It is absolutely possible that America didn’t elect him in spite of that, but because of that.

CNN’s Van Jones also called Americans bigots:

You tell your kids…don’t be a bigot…and then you have this outcome.

But is any of that really true?  Was Trump elected because Americans are racist bigots?

No.

As it turns out, black and Hispanic voters were the key ingredient to Trump’s success.  Here’s why.

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According to Pew Research’s exit poll data, white Americans supported Trump over Clinton by a hefty margin of 21%.  I know what you’re thinking: white Americans are the reason Trump won.  Yes and no.  While it’s true that they cast the majority of Trump’s ballots, it’s also true that they couldn’t elect him alone—in 2012, Romney won the white vote by 20%, but he still lost.  Badly.

This is because black and Hispanic voters make up an increasingly large share of America’s electorate.  And while they may not be able to unilaterally elect their candidate of choice, their vote can tip the scales in a close election.  For example, Hispanic voters delivered Florida to George Bush in 2000, and they did so again for Trump on Tuesday.

But it’s bigger than Florida.

Donald Trump chipped away at the Democrat’s lead with minority voters throughout the country.  Black Americans are the Democrat’s most loyal supporters.  In fact, Obama had a whopping 91% lead with black voters in 2008.  This lead fell to 80% with Clinton.  Yes, it’s still a significant lead, but enough black Americans supported Trump to take the steam out Clinton’s campaign in Michigan (which Trump won by only 12,000 votes).

The same is true of Hispanic voters.  In 2012, Democrats had a 44% advantage with Hispanics, but Trump managed to narrow this margin to 36%.  Again, it’s not great, but it was enough to win him Florida and Arizona, and it kept him competitive in Nevada.  If he keeps the momentum going, this could be the dawn of a republican resurgence.

So there you have it.  Donald Trump did not win because of racist whites, he won because he convinced enough black and Hispanic voters that his policies were best for America, and for them.

Trump always said he would be a great unifier.  This is a good start.

 

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Posted by Spencer P Morrison

JD candidate, writer, and independent intellectual with a focus on applied philosophy, empirical history, and practical economics. Author of "America Betrayed" and Editor-In-Chief of the National Economics Editorial. Say hi on Twitter @SPMorrison_

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