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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  • strayaway

    Yea! Rich people for Hillary! Too bad you abandoned flyover country. Maybe if Democrats hadn’t given American workers the finger and called them despicable Hillary might have won. If your narrative is that levels of wealth and education have a positive correlation with voting for Hillary, maybe you are right. It could also indicate that working Americans in abandoned rustbelt and rural communities have figured out how much Democrats hate them. When jobs are sent overseas and foreign workers are brought in to work for less money, American workers can figure out who did this to them including Republicans. Help is on the way. Trump has doubled the standard deduction, child care deductions and child credits. Trump has brought corporate overseas savings back the the US. Under Trump, black Americans’ unemployment rates are the lowest in 20 years. For all Americans, unemployment rates are the lowest in 17 years. Wait until working Americans figure out that their employment levels and earnings have increased while their taxes went down. By all means, keep looking down your nose at working Americans!

    • Hugh McIsaac

      All of this good news resulted from policies adopted under Obama.

      • strayaway

        Under Obama, black incomes, personal wealth, and home ownership rates declined relative to those of whites, racial relations measurably declined, the 1% gained share of national wealth faster than under Bush, idiotic foreign policy led to ISIS being tolerated, hundreds of thousands of Arab deaths, millions of refugees and a rekindling of the cold war, legal and illegal immigrants where allowed to flood the Country depressing the wages of American workers, $30,000 of federal debt was placed on every American producing the most insipid recovery since WWII. That’s your “good news”? I’m not a masochist so it doesn’t seem so good to me. Bernie might have won but you were saddled with a candidate who called American working people ‘despicable’ and decided not to campaign in Wisconsin. Just as well, she was a crook and had a history of causing wars. She only attracted flies and neocons.

    • Michael Kelly

      I agree that outside of Bernie, most Democratic leaders abandoned flyover country — at their own peril. But the rest of this is the disingenuous hogwash of an educated enabler of the perverted, cowardly, sadistic, lying, deranged and incredibly stupid fake president. Trump is riding the coat-tails of the Obama economy. The crumbs thrown by Trump to his adoring racist, sexist worshipers are anemic and temporary. It will still take a few years before Trump’s working class realize that they’ve been screwed, but they’ll still vote for him again, because hatred and scapegoating feeds the diseased souls of these poor, uneducated whites.

    • Jo Clark

      ” If your narrative is that levels of wealth and education have a positive correlation with voting for Hillary …”

      THAT is what you got from this? Could you have missed the entire point any more than you did?

      By the way, as Hugh pointed out in his comment, the good stuff you’re citing is all from Obama’s economy, but keep on sticking your head in the sand. Any excuse to defend the indefensible Yamhead.

    • JPBauer

      “Help is on the way” my ass!.Trump’s yammering hasn’t done all that much. Ask the workers at the Carrier plants in Indiana whose jobs are STILL going to Mexico in spite of 45’s braggadocio, and the ones staying behind are being aggressively automated out of existence. All that money corporations are supposedly bringing back will be used for stock buy-back programs (which will benefit stockholders and executives). AT&T announced $2000 bonuses just before it announced that it was cutting about 10,000 jobs. Walmart announced plans to give bonuses to employees who have been with the company for 25+ years then announced the closures of a number of Sam’s Club stores, which will put several hundred people on the street. (By the way, how many employees will qualify for that bonus and what positions do they hold? 25 years is an awfully long time to be a greeter.) While employment figures have risen, wages have not, which confounds economists who take it as an article of faith that lower unemployment will cause wages to rise. I live in the intensely red heart of a very blue state and the trumpsters who surround me make me sick. They and their leaders spout the same uninformed crap that Fox News spews out every hour of every day

      • William Christensen

        If you work for a company with a retirement plan, you will benefit as a stock holder. Your retirement money is invested in the market and by extension, you are invested in the market. If the market crashes, so does your pension fund and you get nothing.People need to realize it is not just the rich that benefit from a strong stock market. Buy yourself some stock and enjoy the growth.

      • strayaway

        Wages will not rise until the concept of supply and demand is recognized. Buying foreign cars creates Flints and Detroits. Setting up bad trade agreements, for instance with S. Korea, put American workers in competition with less expensive foreign labor. Inundating the US with legal and illegal foreign workers also increases the supply of workers which suppresses U.S. wages. With robotization, further computerization, self serve kiosks at McDonalds, and self driving taxis and trucks around the corner the demand for unskilled and semi skilled workers will drastically decrease while Democrats are flooding the Country with additional, less expensive unskilled labor. This is madness.

  • co

    Interesting take & undeniable stats. May not help your cred to piggy back on the hideous language spewing forth from our Prez, but then again, it reeled my in. Like the substance of your article~some staying power after the initial sugar burn. Good luck w/Patreon.