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Van Jones: How do you explain a Trump presidency to your kids?

November 10, 2016
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A viral leftover from last night. “People have talked about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare,” he said early Wednesday morning. “You tell your kids: Don’t be a bully… don’t be a bigot.. do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome.” “You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?’ I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight.” He continued, with wet eyes: “This was a rebellion against the elites, true, it was a create reinvention of politics… but it was also something else.” “We haven’t talked about race. This was a ‘white-lash’ against a changing country … against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.” The “white-lash” theory is complicated, per this morning’s “odds and ends” post. Trump did swamp Clinton among working-class whites, although their share of the electorate has been shrinking steadily since 2004 and went on shrinking yesterday. Hillary also underperformed Obama with blacks and Latinos nationally. It’d be interesting to see a model estimating how much more decisively she would have needed to win blacks in Michigan and Pennsylvania and Latinos in Florida to have changed the outcome of the election. None of that contradicts Jones’s “white-lash” point per se, but it’s a big-picture reminder that whites weren’t the only group to support Trump in the numbers he (barely) needed to win. And remember, as of right now, Clinton is more than six million votes behind Obama’s 2012 national vote total. We’ll need to wait until all the votes are in and the data nerds get cracking on demographics to...

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