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Donald Trump Sees Working Class Chumps

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with his workers after he landed on the golf course at his Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Like so many working-class kids, I was raised not to judge others by what they did or didn’t own and never to bring dishonor to the people I come from.

My mother never let go of the chance to remind her children to heed these lessons. Early in my career, when I started giving speeches to community and professional groups, my mother never attempted to tell me what to say. How I behaved, however, was always her business.

“Look your best,” she’d say. “Represent.” She always added, “And remember who sent you.”

She was referring to my roots, not my employer.

A few years ago, an editor who was frustrated with my choice of column topics lost his temper and said, “Connie, you are not working-class. You are an intellectual.”

I am my parents’ daughter, always, and that day was no different. “Well, if that’s true,” I said, “then I’m an intellectual from the working class. We have smart people, too.”

I’ve been thinking of my parents a lot these days, thanks to Donald Trump. He is a bloviating billionaire who built his riches on the backs of mistreated employees and jilted suppliers. Now he is masquerading as a presidential candidate who cares about the people I come from.

After he won the Nevada caucuses in February, Trump exalted his supporters.

“We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. We’re the smartest people. We’re the most loyal people.”

As various news organizations reported, 57 percent of those voters with a high-school education or less had supported him in that contest.

How could white working-class men think he is on their side? Theories abound, but I’ll mention only one to illustrate how readily some pundits cast the people I come from as clueless dolts.

This is from Paul Sracic, a professor at Youngstown State University, where every year, thousands of working-class kids become the first in their family to go to college:

“Trump’s secret weapon with these voters is that they know he is not really a Republican,” Sracic wrote for CNN. “For these voters, the classic Republican is someone like Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush — who they see as country club Republicans, representing the interests of the rich.

“Trump, ironically the billionaire owner of many such country clubs, has somehow managed to sell himself as the anti-Romney, and the slayer of Bush. The hatred that both of these traditional Republicans show for Trump actually helps him convey this message. It is telling that some of these Ohio Democrats who supported Trump said they wanted to ‘switch to the Trump party.'”

“Some”? How many is “some”? Who knows.

Sracic’s research on that began and ended with a link to a Youngstown Vindicator story that included this nugget: “A number of Democrats taking a Republican ballot when voting early at the board ‘say they want to vote for Trump,’ said Joyce Kale-Pesta, Mahoning County Board of Elections director.”

I don’t doubt that Kale-Pesta heard that, but it’s not a provable or quantifiable claim. It was, however, just enough fodder to bolster yet another piece about how clueless working-class voters can be.

And now Trump claims to be one of them, while his behavior represents everything I was raised to reject.

He brags about not paying taxes, for years. He offers mocking parodies of a reporter’s disability and Hillary Clinton’s brief bout with pneumonia. He demonizes and ridicules anyone who isn’t like him, and that’s a long list. Women, immigrants, people of color — they’re all targets.

Donald Trump has no idea what it means to be a working-class American, which he proves whenever his behavior fails to “represent,” as my mother put it — which is virtually every time he opens his mouth.

Instead, he’s the loud, living proof of what my father used to tell us whenever we witnessed the bad behavior of an adult with more money, more things.

“Money can’t buy class.”

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism. She is the author of two books, including “…and His Lovely Wife,” which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. To find out more about Connie Schultz (con.schultz@yahoo.com) and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicated. Schultz won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She has also published two books: Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths -- a collection of her previously published columns -- and ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which chronicled her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

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  1. And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books, in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

    Well done, Schultz.

  2. latebloomingrandma October 6, 2016

    Trump, for all his wealth, military school upbringing, and Ivy League degree doesn’t speak like a rich person. He speaks like a regular unfiltered guy at the corner bar who knows it all. Therefore, people assume he is one of them, because he talks like them.
    Connie is right; money can’t buy class. In his case, money can buy a false sense of self importance and entitlement . It can buy “loyalty.” All built on a house of cards as long as the money holds out.

    1. AgLander October 6, 2016

      So you resent that Trump can relate to all people no matter what their social or economic class? Sounds like you are the one with the problem here, granny and it’s called sociocentric syndrome! Hint…..it is not a good thing and it identifies you as a closed minded bigot! (Some call it just being a liberal!)

      1. latebloomingrandma October 6, 2016

        He doesn’t relate. He hasn’t a clue. He’s a PT Barnum showman. I think we’re in the phase—“can full some of the people all the time”—

        1. AgLander October 6, 2016

          Thanks for confirming my diagnosis of your condition……

      2. Dan S October 6, 2016

        If being a liberal will keep Trump from becoming President bring it on
        As FYI it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know Trump is FOS ???? and doesn’t know a damn thing on how the Government works. As President he’d get our nations credit rating reduced to junk status in the first year. Remember he’s filed at least 6 bankruptcies that we know of. This is a guarantee you can bank on.

        1. Beethoven October 6, 2016

          Trump wants to be the POTUS. But all he’ll ever be is a POS.

        2. Daniel Wright October 7, 2016

          Actually the guarantee that history has shown is that America’s credit rating was lowered twice under Obama. That never happened before.

      3. I Am Helpy October 6, 2016

        He can relate only to sycophants – and only white ones, at that.

    2. Aware October 6, 2016

      In other words, Trump does not speak like a politian.

      1. latebloomingrandma October 6, 2016

        I don’t want a common man or woman or someone with a 5th grade speaking style to be my President. This is THE most important, bone crushing job (in an intellectual way) in the world . I want someone with a superior brain, and way smarter than me.

        1. AgLander October 6, 2016

          Way smarter than you? You’ve just identified over 300 million Americans as potential presidents!

          1. latebloomingrandma October 6, 2016

            Ha ha. I didn’t realize you were 8 years old.

          2. AgLander October 6, 2016

            No, but dealing with the wing nut (misnamed) “progressives” at this site is like dealing with a room full of 8 year olds….foul-mouthed, angry 8 year olds! Where do you people come from and what happened to you??? You all seem so unhappy with your lives and express it by consistently expressing yourself in such angry way, fire breathing ways!

          3. I Am Helpy October 6, 2016

            “why, they don’t take my racism AT ALL seriously for some reason!” – you, a literal moron.

          4. iamproteus October 6, 2016

            Well, that certainly leaves you out of the running!

        2. Jon October 6, 2016

          It sounds like you don’t want a simple minded fool who yesterday held a yuuuge rally in Nau vaaah dau, that’s Nau vaaah dau folks, while his rabid sycophants shouted back that it was pronounced Nevada but he never figured it out. Instead he went on to talk bigly about the congrats he was getting for choosing lying Mike Pence as his VP. He lied and mislead his myrmidons about a number of things but failed to bring up trade with Jhina.

        3. Daniel Wright October 7, 2016

          You would rather have a silver tongued con artist.

  3. TZToronto October 6, 2016

    Apparently, Donald Trump uses a knife and fork to eat chicken wings. He probably uses a knife and fork to eat pizza (a good way to burn the roof of your mouth). When he eats a candy bar, does he use a knife and fork, too? (Don’t want that messy chocolate on your tiny fingers.) The point is that he has nothing in common with the people who think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. He probably never took his lunch to school in a paper bag, he probably never learned how to change a tire, and, like some prosperous men I know, he’s probably never actually entered or bought something in a store. However, his crudeness seems to draw to him those people who are as uncouth as he is, people who feel that “undesirables” are clawing their way to the upper rungs of the social ladder by nefarious means, such as education. I am reminded of the movie Breaking Away in which the youth of the town (Bloomington, IN) considered themselves the working-class, rightful owners of their town (“cutters”), and the students of IU were usurpers (especially the frat boys). The working-class parents of the main protagonist recognized the changing nature of their microcosm, but their son considered himself an heir to his parents’ struggle to survive in a town built on its declining stone-quarrying business. (The protagonist’s father, a former “cutter” now selling used cars,
    pointed out to his son that many of the IU buildings were constructed of stone from the quarry.) Of course, these characters, unlike Trump and those who will vote for him, we’re not crude and uncouth. They knew what working class means; Trump does not. I hope that many working-class voters understand that Trump is not like them (and does not like them) and that he knows nothing of their struggles. As Schultz suggests, there are many smart working-class people.

    1. Gerry Francis October 6, 2016

      Uncouth. Haven’t seen that word on here before, but it is THE perfect description of Trump. Perfect.

  4. bobnstuff October 6, 2016

    Why is it that we believe that money bestows on it’s owner intelligence? Some of the smartest people I know are far from rich and Trump proves money doesn’t by brains. Respect should be earned not bought, Trump is to cheap to buy it and isn’t bright enough to earn it so why are people giving it to him. Trump is lazy, he doesn’t do his homework, never has. His followers are just as lazy, they will believe what they are told because it’s easier then thinking for themselves. How many times has Trump put out totally misinformation and his followers have believed it when it makes no sense at all. It’s easy to follow and let others do your thinking. Trump followers like to blame the government for all their problems, they are out of work, it’s the government fault, the fact that they chose a line of work that is going away has nothing to do with it. Trumps followers want to blame everything on others and Trump feeds into this. Trump doesn’t really love uneducated people he loves lazy ones who will let him think for them.

    1. marriea October 6, 2016

      You are so right in your analogy.
      Was looking at Full Frontal and the Daily Report and saw how they brought out the ideology or lack therof to Trump’s supporters to their face, and they still didn’t get it.
      Trump is a con artist.
      The first law of a working con is to know your mark.
      Trump didn’t say he loved his poorly educated for nothing.

  5. AgLander October 6, 2016

    Compare this unfounded opinion based ACCUSATION against Trump by a sycophant Clinton loyalist against that of confirmed and DOCUMENTED quotes from the mouth of the shameless Hillary Clinton who considers the working class as “a basket of deplorables” that “are irredeemable and not America”. Not to mention that she considers millennials as “carrying a sense of entitlement while living in their parent’s basements”. It appears that Clinton views all of us with contempt except for her select group of snooty, rich elitist friends who are willing to fuel her megalomaniacal quest for power by writing her check after check after check which buys them the influence that you and I have no access to and never will….because we are deplorable in her eyes!

    1. latebloomingrandma October 6, 2016

      Gosh—political incorrectness is a real b!tch when the other side does it huh?

    2. charleo1 October 6, 2016

      Have you written Hillary any check to see if it gained you any influence? I’m betting not. Have you considered this pay to play system put on steroids, is the product of a Right Wing Conservative Court? In fact, is exactly what a Conservative Supreme Court had in mind as to give their favored Right Wingers an additional money advantage in their efforts to defeat Democratic candidates all across the Country in the 2010 mid term. And most importantly, to reduce Barack Obama’s legacy to a failed one term. It was a decision I’ll have you know, that was opposed by every one of the minority of Liberals on the High Court. A decision that was overruled by the majority Conservatives. So who is really to blame here? If that’s the game you’re playing. Angry over the prospect of we the people finding our elected representatives reduced to mere beggars? Beholden to a class of monied donors, who’s donations we cannot match, and now with the floodgates open, they must depend. Monies they have no choice but to solicit in the way we might suspect, or expect. As their own elections, as now our entire electoral process now relies on it. If you’re not happy with that buster, then join the club already established long ago against pay to play. Long before the radicals, and torch carrying malcontents at the Trump Party rallies ever thought about it, or thought about it being a bad thing.

    3. johninPCFL October 6, 2016

      It’s only half of Trump supporters. Read the quote again, and enjoy your padded carrier.

    4. chino49p October 6, 2016

      Racists, sexists, Islamophobes, homophobes, bigots etc. are deplorable, which means you are deplorable. Clinton said nothing about the working class being deplorable, you sick people made that up. Its all you do make stuff up, twist and distort the truth and outright LIE.

      1. Irishgrammy October 6, 2016

        AMEN! Never ceases to amaze the hyperbolic “interpretations” right wing/GOP nut cases make free with to muddy up, or out right distort whatever Sec. Clinton says, does, or accomplishes…. How frightened and threatened these right wingers are of Hillary…….to the point of obsessive derangement…..And the lying has been unbelievably epic from these hateful people, with a special acknowledgement to their “lying leader” Donald J. Trump….. also evidenced by Pence’s debate…. in your face easily fact checked lying on an epic scale, delivered “calmly” but multiple lies never the less and the obnoxious hypocrisy of Pence being a man of deep “faith” and “Christian” values…..last I checked lying your a@@ off is not one of the Ten Commandments, nor does lying have any relation to the Golden Rule!

        1. Paul Bass October 6, 2016

          I’d have to agree with Eleanor about this, the GOP is just vastly afraid of “powerful” women. It upsets their widdle world view.

    5. I Am Helpy October 6, 2016

      infowars is not DOCUMENTATION, not even if you put in all-caps, you utter joke of a human being.

    6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 13, 2016

      Agatha, what’s the temperature in Greenville, Miss.? Have you been out burning more churches and scrawling graffiti on the side of church buildings, you cute little jihadist.

  6. charleo1 October 6, 2016

    To say Trump supporters know he is not a Republican, and that is what they find so attractive about him, I think is a fair statement. It is also an obvious one. Since the supposed base of the afore named, “Right Wing Conservative Party,” had any number of traditional Republican politician types from which to choose. And yet, by overwhelming margins the one deemed to be the least Republican, the least political, the candidate most willing, eager even, to shatter Ronald Reagan’s rule, and scream their, and his utter disdain of the Grand Old Party, and most everything about it, got the nod. Indeed Trump converts are not Republicans in any sense. But more political atheists. Smashing in a very Biblical sense, what they perceive as being the politically correct herd of golden calves, emblematic of a failing and corrupt government.
    But they did not fall out of a clear blue sky suddenly thinking this. The GOP has been a Party in turmoil, and in search of its core self for years. Composed of a base that has increasingly came to feel under attack, and that their leaders were abandoning them. Lying to them. (Which they were.) A Party they had come in large numbers to believe could no longer win. Not because the Country disagreed with them, but because the GOP, and its leadership no longer listened to them. A faction of voters, be it the right description or not. They see themselves as the true silent majority. The same great wellspring of voters that once elected Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan, and Papa Bush after that, have been taken for granted. Their wishes ignored, their voices largely silenced by a main stream liberal media. Until finally they are being driven out of their own Country by what they see as growing legions of foreign tongued minorities flowing across open borders, seeking handouts, taking jobs, endangering, and bankrupting the Nation. All this, while the two Parties sit comfortably like two preverbal peas in a pod. Snugly ensconced in the corporate pockets of big business. Run by the big city liberal elites. All happily carrying water 24/7 for the bankers, and Globalists. Neither Party feeling especially obligated by anything as superfluous as a Constitution, limited government, or rigged elections.
    To say all, or any of this is true, is not the point of Trump. In fact very little of it is the truth. However facts, as we know, are not what Trump, his candidacy, and his devoted legions of angry, insecure, fact averse supporters are all about. Excepting that what is perceived in the political world as true, often becomes one’s reality. Where one’s belief in a thing will become nearly unshakable, once the investment has been made. It will be held onto until the bitter bitter end, and possibly far beyond anything we, in our alternate but parallel universe, could ever imagine might be so.

  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 6, 2016

    Outstanding article which clearly brings attention to numerous character flaws that beset America, and to a large degree, other parts of the planet. The authors emphasis on character reminds us of a major vacuum in this department concerning Trump and many others in the GOP. The adoration that Trump has amassed shows that many ordinary people pay scant attention to the importance of good character.
    This is Trump’s Achilles heel, and a HUUUGE one of epic proportion. Small fry in this forum, like AgLander, Samaras, “itsfun”, “leftout”,the “InformedVoter”, “Godzilla”, “Otto”, aspire to be a trite and shallow as Trump, and are making headway in that direction daily.
    Which is why we need to remind ourselves, myself most of all, and others about the supreme quality of a good character and good behavior.

    Having said all that, it might be helpful to reflect on the following “drops” from the ocean of Baha’u’llah’s Writings—from the same “Ocean” that is associated with the Sayings of Jesus and Moses, the Teachings of Buddha and Krishna, the utterances of Muhammad, and the Traditions and sayings of Luqman the Ethiopian of antiquity(who is referenced in an entire Surah in the Qur’an), and the numerous Teachers who appeared in the Americas.


    Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty. Beware, O people, that ye deal not treacherously with any one. Be ye the trustees of God amongst His creatures, and the emblems of His generosity amidst His people. They that follow their lusts and corrupt inclinations, have erred and dissipated their efforts. They, indeed, are of the lost….

    (“Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh”, sec. 136, p. 297

    2017. The purpose of the one true God in manifesting Himself is to summon all mankind to truthfulness and sincerity, to piety and trustworthiness, to resignation and submissiveness to the Will of God, to forbearance and kindliness, to uprightness and wisdom. His object is to array every man with the mantle of a saintly character, and to adorn him with the ornament of holy and goodly deeds.

    (“Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh”, sec. 137, p. 299)

    2018. Say: Let truthfulness and courtesy be your adorning. Suffer not yourselves to be deprived of the robe of forbearance and justice, that the sweet savors of holiness may be wafted from your hearts upon all created things. Say: Beware, O people of Bahá, lest ye walk in the ways of them whose words differ from their deeds. Strive that ye may be enabled to manifest to the peoples of the earth the signs of God, and to mirror forth His commandments….

    (“Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh”, sec. 139, p. 305)

    2019. We ask God, exalted be His glory, to confirm each one of the friends in that land in the acquisition of such praiseworthy characteristics as shall conduce to the spread of justice and equity among the peoples of the world. The first, the fundamental purpose underlying creation hath ever been, and will continue to be, none other than the appearance of trustworthiness and godliness, of sincerity and goodwill amongst mankind, for these qualities are the cause of peace, security and tranquillity. Blessed are those who possess such virtues.

    (From a Tablet – translated from the Persian)

    2020. I beseech Thee, O my God, by all the transcendent glory of Thy Name, to clothe Thy loved ones in the robe of justice and to illumine their beings with the light of trustworthiness. Thou art the One Who hath power to do as He pleaseth and Who holdeth within His grasp the reins of all things, visible and invisible.

    (From a Tablet – translated from the Arabic)

    2021. Say: O people of God! Adorn your temples with the adornment of trust- worthiness and piety. Help, then, your Lord with the hosts of goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character….

    “Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas”, (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988), p. 120

    In light of this significant sampling of quotes on the theme touched on in the article, we see the extent of the chasm that separates the above and Trump, the GOP as a whole, the character of hackers in the East and in the West, Putin and Chinese leaders, and so many others.

    Peace out.

    1. marriea November 12, 2016

      Lovely. I’m going to save your post.

      I like this on also from Shakesphere’s Hamlet
      This above all: to thine own self be true,
      And it must follow, as the night the day,
      Thou canst not then be false to any man

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 13, 2016

        Shakespeare was a master at understanding human nature. Thanks!

  8. marriea October 6, 2016

    No money can’t buy class.
    Money can’t buy character, either.
    Trump, to his supporters is like the that ever elusive chance to be Mega or Powerball winners.
    They see in Trump what they hope they could be.
    They support him because he is the closest thing they will ever get to being millionaires they would like to be.
    On most TV programs, millionaires are portrayed as ruthless, heartless people who put down others. That’s Trump in a nutshell.
    When folks are trying to explain his amour of him, they sound just like him, loathing the very folks they are themselves. And they get to blame others for their ‘low’ status in life because they can’t accept the fact they are who and where they are, because of themselves.. Remember Michael Jackson’s song Man In The Mirror. Looking at one’s self, looking into one’s own eyes in not as easy as one would think.
    We often hear Trump talking about wanting to see President Obama’s college transcript. I have to wonder what Trump’s own transcript look like.
    He is the son of a wealthy real estate developer. Did he make it thru school because of his brain or because his father had deep pockets?
    We know that that’s what happened in the case of ‘W’. Heck ‘W’ even bragged about it.
    I have always believed from my perspective, that the only reason Trump supporters support him, is because he has money. I have heard folks at a bus stop or ‘el’ sprout the same B/S as Trump, but no one give him/her the time of day.
    Yet, they give it to Trump.
    Trump is also a reported TV Star. I’m sorry to say, I’ve never looked at the show mentioned more than 10 minutes from it onset.
    But make no mistake about it, the only things Trump has going for himself is his reported riches. And his followers are no more than groupies.
    Money can and often do make folks do crazy and foolish thing.
    One day they will wake up and have to look at themselves in the mirror, or they might just see their actions in the behavior of their kids.
    Way to go, folks

    1. Gerry Francis October 6, 2016

      Sad to say, but it may be too late if or when they do awaken. With all the mileage Trump has gotten out of saying and doing the things that any self respecting human would hide after saying or doing, it will be interesting to see what the 2020 primary and election look like……if we’re still allowed to vote that is. Or worse yet – if humanity has survived what ‘The Donald’ brings.

      1. marriea November 12, 2016

        Trump was only interested in the win, NOT the governing. That’s too much work.
        I read an article in which the professor who ‘predicted’ a Trump win is also predicting an impeachment and probably conviction in his future.
        It might come to a treason charge especially if his allegation of Putin ties comes to fruitation.
        If there is any truth to his actually having business ties with Putin, you’d best believe their conversations were recorded somewhere.
        Trump is said to have people he does business with sign a confidentuality agreement.
        I’m sure that works in this country, but with Russia and Putin, that ain’t gonna work.
        And even if such an agreement was signed by both, Putin would be under no obligations to honor it.
        What would Trump do?, sue him?

    2. kep November 12, 2016

      True. Look at the Clinton’s. No class whatsoever. Corrupt to the core, along with your Emperor, they have perpetuated crimes against the American people, and you fools keep backing them. And when you don’t get your way, you have a tantrum in the former of riots. I can’t believe any of you liberals are fit to be called an American. You fit in better in North Korea.

      1. marriea November 12, 2016

        Name what they have REALLY done that’s are ‘crimes’.
        I know that’s what’s witten by some.
        I know you want to believe that something was ‘classified, secretive, top secret on or in those e-mails, but in actuality, what.
        Just because someone deems it so, doesn’t mean it actually was.
        In Washington DC, it is what one deems somrthing to be.
        That means gossip can be labeled top secret, secretive or classified. To top it off, there were emails that weren’t classified as such untill after the fact.
        That said, it come back only to a server account. Truth be told, I suspect that probably the entire members of Congress have a different account.
        If you have/use g-mail, aol, and yahoo, then you too use different servers especially if you use not only a desk top, but also your i-phone, and /or your lablet or lap top.
        The thing is, most people don’t even know what a server is.
        Someone says something, especially on FAUX NEWS and people just go along with it and repeats stuff that they don’t understand.
        You really need to check out what was going on throughly with their charity and get a complete picture of what took place and why it looks suspect when inactualiy it wasn’t.
        Learn to get in the habit of some independant thought.
        The internet can be your friend for stuff other than gossip.

  9. Dan S October 6, 2016

    I actually got a refrigerator magnet several months ago that says Trump Is Living Proof Money Can’t Buy Class ????

  10. Girlpower October 6, 2016

    Trump didn’t have any money! It was all daddy’s. And when daddy died and left his 200 million estate to the Donald first thing he did was shutoff health care to his own nephew whose son was very ill. The child died. Did Donald care – hell no – his greed was more important! This one thing alone is all anyone needs to know. He will never care about you or anyone. His soul is filled with nothing but hate and disdain for anyone he feels is inferior! All his “people ” are just a means to an end. When this is over you will all be discarded just like his first two wives or all the workers he bilked and didn’t pay over the years. Donald only wants to make trump great again!

    1. Oddworld October 6, 2016

      It was Trump’s daddy who imbued those poor qualities in his son. It didn’t take very well with Trump’s older brother Freddy who became an airline pilot. Freddy didn’t have the predator instinct Donald has and so he was considered a complete failure in Donald’s and daddy Trump’s eyes. Predatory instincts combined with a sense of superiority over the rest of us is who Trump is.

  11. Beethoven October 6, 2016

    I am also an intellectual. I have an M.A. in philosophy and a law degree. I took a wide variety of liberal arts courses in college. In high school I was reading things like the Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini; in middle school I read Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels. By the time I got to high school I was familiar with a lot of Greek and Roman mythology, and while in high school I became immersed in classical music, and learned a lot about many of the great composers. Yet my father was a semi-skilled steelworker who dropped out of school after the 9th grade because of economic necessity, and my mother was a housewife who dropped out after the 10th grade. So I have not learned to be prejudiced against people who are ignorant and uneducated because they didn’t have the opportunity to get a good and broad education. But I am prejudiced against people who are ignorant and uneducated by personal choice, whether they are high school dropouts or have advanced college degrees.

    1. SecludedCompound October 7, 2016

      Exactly; I have no doubt you would be kind to me and we could find a lot to agree on or talk about despite the disparity in our backgrounds; I’ve chosen to be interested, to learn where I can, to engage. There’s no excuse for people who have made “working class” synonymous with “degenerate”.

  12. SecludedCompound October 6, 2016

    It galls me to no end when commentators treat the working class like we’re all rural, bigoted halfwits, and that we should be careful of speaking out against those “working class” traits. I’m working class, and I’ve been a left wing, pro-union anti-racist since I was teenager, and so are all of my friends. I read a lot. I follow politics and policy, I follow culture.

    It’s appalling to me that the face of where I come from has moved from my morals to, basically, caricatures like the Duck Dynasty halfwits and Larry the Cable Guy. I think a lot of that caricature, and life imitating art in response, comes from corporate media, from right wing radio and news selling this identity back to us, and it’s disgusting.

    My working class is intelligent, strong, engaged, and diverse, and they certainly don’t hold water for con men and bigots. I’ll criticize the hell out of anyone who stands against those morals.

  13. Katstiles October 6, 2016

    The large number of suckers who actually believe T rump actually gives a crap about them is what makes me the angriest about this election! How can so many be so fricking stupid? When, in his entire life has Condon ever done anything for anybody except himself? NEVER!!!!!!!!!!! Hillary has spent her life working for others less fortunate and passing bills and legislation that actually help people such the Children’s Health Insurance program and many others! You may not like the woman but there is a huge body of work over her working life that actually prove she cares about people. What can be extrapolated from T rump’s life, actions, and comments? He is a narcissistic, lying, cheating, misogynist, racist bigot who only cares about himself, money, and power. He is the biggest, nastiest POS to ever run for the office of President in the history of the United States!

    1. Paul Bass October 6, 2016

      I agree, whole-heartedly. However you should look up Andrew Jackson, his record of bigotry and racism is right up there with Trump.
      “Trail of Tears”, collecting noses of men, women, and children, to prove their death, etc.


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