In 2016 we were crazy enough to predict President Donald J. Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton when the conventional wisdom was that it was going to be a Clinton landslide. We have been asked many times, how did you know?
The answer was pretty simple — the survey numbers told us Mr. Trump could win and he did win. Voters wanted change on almost every issue that mattered from the Obama/Biden era. Whether it was the economy, jobs, terrorism, immigration, crime or America’s standing in the world, voters said things had gotten worse and they wanted something new. Voters viewed Mrs. Clinton as a continuation of the Obama/Biden term.
Lost in the final tally was one very significant data point. According to a Pew research poll conducted among actual 2016 voters, two-thirds (67%) of Americans said race relations had gotten worse during the Obama/Biden years. Interestingly, it was the lowest job rating that President Obama received on any issue.
Clearly, what we call the Democrats racial terrorism strategy had backfired on them in the 2016 elections.
The American people are a lot smarter than the politicians and pundits think. They can figure out when they are being played. When politicians play the race card, they usually lose — the voters can see right through it.
Mr. Biden launched his presidential campaign based on a divisive, racial lie. Then-candidate Mr. Biden said that after the tragic events at the violent Charlottesville protests in 2017, President Trump called white supremacists, neo-Nazis and white nationalists “very fine people.”
President Trump did not say that, and numerous fact-checkers have debunked the myth, but unfortunately President Biden has never backed away from that big lie and he and his administration have been playing divisive, racial politics ever since.
Think about it, Joe Biden has referred to people he disagrees with on the issues as “racists,” “chumps,” “ugly folks” and “Neanderthals,” and don’t forget, he told us that “10 to 15 percent of the people out there are just not very good people.”
Let us not forget President Biden’s inaugural address where he basically told us America was built on systemic racism. Interestingly, President Biden had repeatedly praised a former Ku Klux Klan leader, Sen. Robert Byrd, while he also bragged about his good relationships with racist, segregationist Democrat senators, yet, President Biden feels he has the moral authority to lecture Americans on race relations.
Former NBA star-turned-TV broadcaster Charles Barkley recently said, “most white people and black people are awesome people” and then he proceeded to rip politicians, on both sides of the aisle, for trying to divide Americans along racial lines in order to maintain their power.
In spite of what President Biden might want us to believe, Americans are some of the most accepting, welcoming and tolerant people on the planet. They worry more about their quality of life and the safety of their families than they do about whatever the latest divisive, racial policy the politicians can concoct.
Most understand that America’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths and that no matter your race, there is no better place in the world to live, work and raise a family.
Is it any wonder that each year, millions of people of color are literally risking their lives to come to this country and enjoy the American dream? They would not be coming if they thought the United States was a racist nation.
Unfortunately, we have come to the point where Democrats and their allies in the mainstream news media labels anyone who disagrees with their radical, leftwing agenda as a racist.
A majority of Americans do disagree with progressives on key issues such as packing the courts, ending the filibuster, voter identification, balanced budgets, raising taxes, energy independence, and D.C. statehood, to name just a few. Yet we can’t have an honest discussion about these disagreements, because to disagree one is reflexively called a racist.
It’s obvious the news media thinks this racial terrorism sells and the Democrats think it helps them win elections.
However, our recent national survey shows voters are getting fed up with the divisive, racial politics and policies. Nearly three of four voters, 73%, agree that “cancel culture has gone too far in America and instead of uniting the country and bringing Americans together, cancel culture is dividing America and our free speech rights are being threatened.” An overwhelming majority of minority voters, 68%, agreed with this sentiment along with 76% of white voters.
Furthermore, only 46% of voters believed President Biden has kept his promise to unite America and improve race relations, in spite of the fact he enjoyed a 58% overall job approval rating in that very same survey.
Even more troubling for the Biden presidency, important swing groups such as independent women, married women, suburban voters and voters with a college education believe President Biden has been doing more harm than good when it comes to uniting the country and improving race relations.
The American electorate doesn’t agree with President Biden and the Democrats that our country is systemically racist. Most don’t agree that their friends, families and neighbors are all a bunch of bigots. Most do, however, agree with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that we should judge each other on the content of one’s character, not the color of one’s skin.
We are not usually in the business of giving President Biden advice, but we are going to make an exception this time for the sake of our country. Stop the politics of racial terrorism. In the coming elections, voters will reject this practice because they see right through it.
• John and Jim McLaughlin served as President Trump’s pollsters in both 2016 and 2020. John founded McLaughlin & Associates, a political polling and consultancy company, where Jim joined him in 2001.