“Low-information,” “deserve to die….” Yeah, right–I voted for Trump and I went to Stanford
From my latest for USA Today:
I went to Stanford, and I voted for Donald Trump. So did my husband. He went to Yale.
And so we spent more than three hours standing in line to vote in Washington, D.C.’s Republican presidential caucus on March 12. We suspected that this would be time spent quixotically, as Washington is the bullseye of the anti-Trump GOP political and intellectual establishment. Sure enough, establishment favorite Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won the majority of the delegates, and Trump finished a poor third. Still, we wanted to be part of the nationwide rebellion against the establishment that has resulted in Trump’s becoming the clear GOP front-runner practically everywhere else in America. And we weren’t alone. Trump is actually enjoying surprisingly strong support among highly educated people like us — and for good reason.
The common wisdom is that the majority of Trump’s supporters are barely literate knuckle-draggers. They’re “low-information,” in the words of Trump’s leading GOP rival nationwide, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. And it’s true that the largest education-level cohort among the Republicans who have consistently given Trump a double-digit lead in the primaries consists of people with high-school educations or less.
But in Massachusetts, home of Harvard and MIT and ranked as the No. 1 state in the union for residents possessing at least a bachelor’s degree, a CNN exit poll for the March 1 Republican primary showed Trump winning over 46% of voters with college degrees and even edging out Ohio “moderate” Gov. John Kasich (29% to 28%) among voters with postgraduate sheepskins. Exit polls in other states show similar results.
Posted by Charlotte Allen