Trump Voters: Here's What You've Won!

Author: ZIXU   Time: 2016/11/16

Congratulations, Trump Voters: Here's What You've Won!
Now that Clinton has been voted off the island, the question remains: just what did Trump's triumphant supporters actually win on Tuesday?

Aside from the Supreme Court, certainly not the grand prizes The Donald promised those "economically anxious" working class whites. Public

opposition, lack of Congressional support and the already-reduced flow of undocumented immigrants over the Mexican border mean his "big,

beautiful" wall will almost certainly never be built. Ditto for Trump's pledge to deport the 11 million already here in "18 months to two years if

properly handled;" 70 percent of exit poll voters backed a path to their legal status. While President Trump may get support in Congress for

blocking any new Syrian refugees from coming into

the country, his larger (and draconian) Muslim ban is probably dead on arrival. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

(R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) are free-traders who will act to prevent the catastrophic trade war that Trump's steep

tariff barriers against China and Mexico would necessarily trigger.

As political scientist Brendan Nyhan noted in June, polling and previous research suggest that many Trump supporters simply "discounted"

many of his most self-evidently impossible proposals. "In this way," Nyhan explained, "a voter who prefers a more modest move rightward

might rationally prefer R even though R's position is further from the voter than a more moderate party on the left."

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