Fun Fact: Much of Trump’s Strongest Support Comes From This Country’s ‘Sh*thole’ States

Since Donald Trump apparently feels immigrants coming from “sh*thole countries” shouldn’t be allowed to come here, and most of his supporters seem to be in agreement with him, I thought I’d point out an indisputable fact: Most of his strongest support comes from this country’s “sh*thole states.”

Let me make it clear that I’m in no way calling these states actual “sh*tholes,” nor am I accusing the people who live there of being “sh*tty” people. Regardless of whether you’re a progressive living in Mississippi, or a conservative in California, we should all be proud of where we’re from and our country, in general. I’m only using the term “sh*thole” because that’s apparently the disgusting generalization Trump feels is appropriate to describe people from impoverished countries — that also just happen to be home to “brown people.”

And we all know how Trump and his supporters feel about people who aren’t white.

But I wanted to take this opportunity — as sad as it is that we have it — to remind everyone that most of Trump’s strongest support comes from states other areas of the country could rightfully call “sh*tholes” if they were so arrogant as to do that.

If this “president” is going to say such things to degrade other people, then I think it’s relevant to point out a few facts Trump and his supporters won’t like.

Let’s start with education. According to the U.S. Census, here are the bottom 10 states when it comes to percentage of citizens with a Bachelor’s degree or higher:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Mississippi
  3. Arkansas
  4. Kentucky
  5. Louisiana
  6. Nevada
  7. Alabama
  8. Indiana
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Tennessee

Of those 10 states, 9 voted for Trump — Nevada was the only one that didn’t.

On the flip side, here are the top 10 states when it comes to the percentage of citizens with a Bachelor’s degree or higher:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Connecticut
  5. New Jersey
  6. Virginia
  7. Vermont
  8. New Hampshire
  9. New York
  10. Minnesota

Every single one of those states voted for Hillary Clinton.

Next, let’s look at access to health care.

Here are the worst 10 states when it comes to having access to health care:

  1. Alaska
  2. Florida
  3. Mississippi
  4. Texas
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Georgia
  7. Idaho
  8. Montana
  9. Wyoming
  10. Alabama

Every single one of those states voted for Trump. They’re also states controlled by Republicans, and 8 out of the 10 refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, 9 of the top 10 states for access to health care (MA, HI, VT, CT, MD, RI, MN, NH, WA) voted for Clinton, Iowa being the lone exception.

Moving on to poverty.

Here are the 10 states that rank worst when it comes to poverty rate:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Mexico
  4. Kentucky
  5. West Virginia
  6. Arkansas
  7. Alabama
  8. Arizona
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Georgia

Once again, 9 out of 10 (New Mexico is the only exception) voted for Trump.

Now let’s look at infant mortality rate. The 10 states that rank worst are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Delaware
  3. Alabama
  4. Georgia
  5. Louisiana
  6. Arkansas
  7. Indiana
  8. North Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. South Dakota

Following the pattern we’ve seen in the first few categories, 9 out of 10 of those states voted for Trump.

For some further perspective, let’s look at the 10 states with the lowest median household income. Shockingly, most of them voted for Trump, too:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Alabama
  5. Kentucky
  6. New Mexico
  7. Louisiana
  8. South Carolina
  9. Tennessee
  10. North Carolina

And just as I thought, once again, 9 out of 10 of those states voted for Trump.

Finally, let’s look at the 10 states that lead the country in per capita gun violence, shall we? Those states are:

  1. Alaska
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Alabama
  5. Montana
  6. Arkansas
  7. New Mexico
  8. Wyoming
  9. South Carolina
  10. Oklahoma

Here we have another instance where 9 of the 10 states that rank the worst in some category voted for Trump.

Keep in mind that not only did these states vote for Trump, but almost all of them are controlled by Republican governors and/or state legislatures.

So, what does this information tell us? Looking at the 10 states which rank the worst for:

  • Citizens who don’t have an education.
  • Lack of access to health care for their citizens while refusing to expand Medicaid.
  • Percentage of people living in poverty.
  • Higher rates of infant mortality.
  • Lowest levels of median household income.
  • Per capita gun violence.

Almost all of them are “red states” mostly controlled by Republicans, and also voted for Donald J. Trump.

That means, by many significant metrics, when compared to all 50 states in this country, these states are our nation’s “sh*tholes” — and they nearly all strongly support Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Again, I’m not calling these states “sh*tholes,” nor am I trying to talk ill about the people who live there. As a progressive who’s lived in Texas my entire life, I’m well aware that there are plenty of things folks from other places of the country could say to make fun of my state. I’m also well aware that there are millions of progressives living in these “red states,” and that not all conservatives are terrible people — even if it’s becoming increasingly difficult to defend anyone who supports today’s GOP.

To repeat, because I’m certain people are going to comment on the headline of this article without actually reading the article, the only reason I’m using the term “sh*thole” is to play off the fact that this “president” used it when referencing nations he deems “less than desirable.” I think it’s fair to provide some context looking at where much of his support (and support for the Republican party, in general) comes from in this nation. Most of Trump and the Republican party’s strongest support comes from states that many other parts of this country could arrogantly refer to as “sh*tholes” due to how they rank in major statistical categories often related to prosperous areas where health care, education, jobs, and quality of living is better.

My point is, we shouldn’t judge anyone, no matter where they’re from, based upon whether or not they’re from a wealthy area. As someone who grew up dirt poor, in what many could call a “sh*thole” part of San Antonio, TX, I’d never want to be judged simply based on the “side of town” I grew up on.

This is just another example where Trump and those who defend him prove that they’re sh*tty people who have no right to call themselves patriotic, Christians, or decent human beings — because they’re none of those.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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