GOP Sets New Record for Offending Voting Blocs
Which Group of Voters Dislike The Donald Most?
The Republican Party, or Grand Old Party (GOP), has certainly made this election cycle entertaining. They have cast off a slew of establishment candidates in Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio in favor of celebrity businessman Donald Trump.
In some ways, you can understand the justifications for him earning the party's nomination. He's not beholden to special interests being the major one. And everyone agrees that government needs to modify its processes because the status quo of obstructionism isn't working. Government is supposed to work for the people, not work against itself to see who can have the most power.
One of the most important things in the rise of Trump has been in the fact that he's not politically correct in his speech. Many Americans, especially white Americans, have been chided for the their bluntness about certain issues that trouble them. Issues such as immigration, police brutality, entitlement programs, and gender equality. They have been accused of being insensitive, and often times labeled as racist. As my friend just noted while discussing this topic, 'It's open season on white people.'
In being the straight talker that he is, The Donald has managed to offend an awful lot of people. On top of having such a brash candidate, some of the party's platform values are also sure to offend. This article will aim to summarize those offended by the GOP during this election so far.
Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump
This one is more on The Donald than it is on the party itself. Trump has a long list of issues with women that were highlighted by a New York Times article. To start, Trump made offensive remarks pertaining to Megyn Kelly during the GOP debates, claiming she had blood coming out of her eyes, ears, wherever.
Then he talked about Carly Fiorina's appearance in a negative way. Heidi Cruz got some shade thrown her way by The Donald near the end of the primaries as he compared her to his own wife. And stories are coming out from former pageant contestants about mistreatment and the objectification they endured at the hands of The Donald over the years.
In case all of that wasn't enough, Trump has actually said that women who get abortions should face some form of punishment.
Combine all of the above with fact that he is a serial philanderer and one can understand why as of April 2016, 70% of women view him in an unfavorable light.
The Hispanic Community
Oh, where to start here as there are as many options as there were for the women category. He got off to an offensive start by claiming that many Mexicans are bringing drugs and crime into the United States and that many are rapists. Huffington Post came up with a whole article of nine offensive things he's said pertaining to Latinos, including attacking the wife of Jeb Bush.
And that was before he went after the judge in his civil trial pertaining to Trump University. He attacked him by saying he was unable to do his job because he is of Mexican heritage. This got him chastised by most of the Republican party and really led to a majority of the country coming to terms with the fact that he is likely pretty racist.
The African American Community
When the camera pans around a Donald Trump rally, the view is pretty white. It was so obvious that it led to The Donald pointing out one of his African American supporters to highlight the fact that some do, indeed, support him. But in true Donald fashion, he misspoke and referred to the man as 'my African American.'
That was certainly a noticeable gaffe to many in the African American community. To make matters worse, the man he singled out wasn't even a supporter. He was just there to see what all the hubbub was about. Talk about a double whammy.
How bad is it? A recent Quinnipiac Poll finds that The Donald has a whopping 1% of support (out of 100%) among African Americans. Ouch.
Summary of Trump's Issues
The LGBT Community
This one we can't really lay on Trump. He's been very supportive of the community, even going so far as to say that Kaitlyn Jenner can use whatever bathroom she wants at Trump Tower.
But as the standard bearer for the GOP party, Trump is going to be guilty by association. The party on July 12th rejected pleas from LGBT GOP delegates asking them to support gay marriage. The same with the transgender bathroom issue. Just the opposite as they applauded states that filed suit against President Obama's decree to allow students to use whatever bathroom fits their identity.
In a previous article, I noted that many liberals could never get behind the GOP because of their views on marriage equality.
The Jewish Community
Trump has openly stated his support for Israel, but made a misstep recently by including a Star of David in a negative tweet about Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. His tweet about her being the most corrupt candidate ever got overshadowed by many believing him to be using anti-Semitic imagery in his tweet. Talk about a backfire.
Having his supporters give that loyalty pledge back during the primaries that mirrored a Nazi salute might have been a small issue too.
While the fallout from these two things hasn't been measured yet, you can bet that some felt a little offended by one, or both of them.
The Disabled Community
The issue stems from Trump's apparent mocking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski at a campaign rally in South Carolina on Nov. 24. Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition which limits the movement of his joints. Trump tried to downplay the issue, but for anyone that saw him do it, there's no buying it.
Priorities USA Action, a pro-Clinton super PAC, torched Trump in an early ad buy that was released on the web and in the crucial swing states of Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Ohio, and Iowa. You can see the video down below.
Priorities USA Action Ad
The Muslim Community
Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country isn't likely going to endear him to many people from that community. Another example of his blatant racism, he blames an entire religion for the actions of some very militant groups.
His response after the Orlando shooting, calling again for the ban, wasn't too well received considering the shooter was an American citizen from New York with LGBT issues of his own.
Then he tried to tie the shooting in with Obama and Clinton and took a beating on that front from just about everyone.
So if you're scoring at home, that's seven major voting blocs that Trump will have issues with in the upcoming Presidential election. There's been major talk from the GOP delegates about making rules to free them up to vote for other candidates on the first ballot because they see the writing on the wall - that with this many people set against their candidate, it's going to be nearly impossible to win the White House.