Speaking during the PBS News Hour on Nov. 4, New York Times columnist David Brooks went full elitist when he asserted that people voting for Donald Trump are “less educated” and “are just going with their gene pool.”
The remark came during an exchange with host Judy Woodruff and syndicated columnist Mark Shields, neither of whom seemed to make the smallest effort to correct Brooks or even disagree with his assessment. Here’s the quote, as transcribed by RealClearPolitics:
“Basically, less educated or high school-educated whites are going to Trump. It doesn’t matter what the guy does. And college-educated going to Clinton.”
“Sometimes, you get the sense that the campaign barely matters. People are just going with their gene pool and whatever it is. And that is one of the more depressing aspects of this race for me.”
No translation is necessary. Brooks pigeon-holed Trump supporters essentially as bumpkins, while suggesting that the more educated voters are lining up behind Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Brooks, as noted by RealClearPolitics, perpetuated the argument that Trump is conducting “a campaign of hate.”
But what about Clinton? Her contempt for gun owners and Second Amendment groups is evident whenever she talks about supporting the Second Amendment…but. Her comment about Trump supporters belonging in what she called a “basket of deplorables” cannot be pulled back, even with an apology.
Brooks apparently did not have the benefit of the latest Rasmussen Reports poll that shows 60 percent of likely voters “consider it likely that Clinton broke the law by sending and receiving e-mails containing classified information through a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of State, with 48% who say it’s Very Likely.” Only 30 percent think it is unlikely that Clinton broke the law.
If one accepts the Rasmussen results, it would appear that even some Clinton voters think she broke the law. Otherwise, 60 percent of likely voters are Trump supporters and are therefore less educated and “going with their gene pool.”
Now all that has to happen is for all of those likely voters who think Clinton broke the law to vote.