It's Hard to Make the Case that Clinton Voters Are Living in a Bubble, and Other Reactions to the 2016 Election

Election winners and losers.

By Josh Feit November 10, 2016

1. It's hard to make the case that Clinton voters are living in a bubble when Clinton is winning the popular vote by more than 230,000 votes.

2. Must read: “Donald Trump’s presidency is going to be a disaster for the white working class.”

The article walks through the math to show why Trump’s policies, like his tax plan that favors the wealthy and big corporations, would hurt his apparent base.

Before wading into those details, the article summarizes:

Lower-income whites are not going to suffer from Trump’s restrictions on Muslims traveling, or from his mass deportations, or from his cavalier attitude toward police brutality. But Trump has promised an economic agenda that will increase the ranks of the uninsured by tens of millions, that will eliminate crucial safety net programs for low- and moderate-income Americans, that could start a trade war that drives up prices and devastates the economy, and that will put in place a tax code that exacerbates inequality and leaves many families with children worse off.

3. Best Reaction to the Election:

Mayor Ed Murray’s announcement that Seattle would preserve its status as a “Sanctuary City” in the face of President-Elect Trump’s campaign pledge to cut off all federal funding.

Sanctuary Cities are American cities that have policies in place to protect undocumented citizens; under the leadership of former city council member Nick Licata and local civil rights group OneAmerica (it was called Hate Free Zone at the time), Seattle passed legislation in 2002 stopping the SPD and city employees, such as city workers managing city funded social services, from questioning people about their immigration status.

Murray acknowledged that the decision would jeopardize city programs that rely on federal funding, housing and programs for the homeless most notably, and he suggested that the city may have to take up a social services levy.

In that context, look at the through-the-roof numbers on this tweet.

4. Most Inspiring Reaction:

Speaking of OneAmerica (which was founded in 2001 by now newly elected, incoming U.S. representative Pramila Jayapal), the group’s current executive director Rich Stolz sent an important email to supporters yesterday. 

Stolz's letter to supporters does two critical things. First, he addresses the practical threats of a Trump administration for those who are most threatened by his presidency, people of color and immigrants. Second, he takes time to cheer just a couple of local election day results, including the ST3 win (a measure that on its face doesn’t seem like an agenda item for a civil rights group.)

The effect of Stolz’s message, and what’s so inspiring about it, is that by linking the fate of his base with the fate of progressive policy, he shows how the coalitions that exist in cities to pass progressive policy like mass transit measures are both under threat and powerful.

If I may: http://www.weareoneamerica.org/donate

Here’s an excerpt from Stolz’s comprehensive letter

We've faced dark moments before: OneAmerica was founded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in response to hate crimes and discrimination targeting Arabs, Muslims, Sikhs and South Asians.

We found safety, solidarity and power by coming together back then. We can--and must--find the courage and resilience to do the same thing now. OneAmerica exists for moments like this . In the coming days, we'll be providing information about your rights and how the change of administrations in January might impact you and your family. Please forward this email to friends who may want to join our email list.

Here in Washington State, our civic engagement and voter outreach work during this election helped achieve historic victories on issues like the minimum wage and Sound Transit 3.

5. Biggest Loser:

Speaking of ST3, the Seattle Times’ no endorsement on the mass transit measure, with its clunky attempt to sound like common sense populists, didn’t have much traction with voters.

The measure is ahead overall in the three-county district 54.46 to 45.54, including a 51.43 to 48.57 winning margin in suburban Snohomish County.

This morning the campaign officially declared victory. Campaign manager Abigail Doerr said in a statement: "With this landmark vote in favor of regional mass transit, we’ve turned the page on our tumultuous transportation past, and begun a new chapter that will redefine our future."  

In another key local vote, the Times also endorsed Republican state senate incumbent Steve Litzow (R-41, Mercer Island.) Litzow is getting walloped by Democratic challenger Lisa Wellman 54 to 46.


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