To the surprise of absolutely no one, except possibly his floundering establishment rivals, Donald Trump roared to a decisive victory in last night’s Nevada caucuses. Like his campaign, the caucuses were reportedly a disorganized carnival- poll counters wearing Trump shirts, multiple reports of people voting more than once, Trump supporters dressed up in Ku Klux Klan hoods – and the speech that followed was no different.
Trump loudly stood up and cheered his “poorly educated” supporters and appeared to lump himself in with them:
“‘We won with young. We won with old. 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, and you know what I’m happy about? Because I’ve been saying it for a long time. 46% were the Hispanics—46%, number one with Hispanics. I’m really happy about that.’”
While his claims about winning the Hispanic vote are alarming at first, don’t get too worked up. Buzzfeed took a closer look at the entrance polls and found that “the overall sample size for the entrance poll was 1,545 caucus-goers; of those, 9% identified as Latino — or about 135 people. Because of the small sample size, the 44% support figure has a 10% margin of error.” The vast majority of Latino voters caucus with the Democratic Party, for reasons that should be obvious at this point.
Unfortunately, it is very clear that many of Trump’s supporters are sadly very ignorant. It just goes to show how badly we need to elect Democrats across the board – to invest in our public schools instead of stripping them of funds and trying to turn them into private charter schools, to teach our kids science instead of the Bible, and to make public college more affordable so that everyone has a chance at a decent education.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.