On August 23rd, Wayne Allyn Root’s latest book, Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America—and What We Can All Do to Save the Middle Class was released. The former 2008 Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian party and right-wing radio personality claims to be in frequent touch with Donald Trump. He’s led campaign rallies for Trump in Nevada. Republicans, unfortunately, are getting an earful.
It would seem that Donald Trump’s campaign has been largely about exploiting the anger of Republican voters, instead of focusing on solving actual problems. So what is Wayne so very angry about?
‘I am an angry white male. I’m angry at the media mostly. About 90% I’m mad at the media. 10% though –I’ve never said this before –I’m mad at Donald,’ said Wayne Root in an interview.
Root went on to elaborate on how he perceives the media trapping Donald in emotion-based narratives such as the recent dubious exchange Donald had with the Gold Star Muslim Khan family, who lost their son serving in Iraq in 2004. He claimed to be mad that Donald so easily falls into the supposed media trap, unable to defend himself effectively.
‘ …I explained the Democrats winning philosophy on a National level: Avoid facts, because we, the right, wins with facts, and just bring out emotional stories,’ Wayne Root said.
In a radio interview with Virginia radio host Rob Schilling on August 29th, Root’s anger was altogether different. His anger, this time, didn’t mention the media so much at all. Interesting, since it was at 90% before.
‘ …We’re such an evenly divided nation, but nobody wants to say it out loud. You know, that’s why I wrote Angry White Male. We’re evenly divided alright, between the makers and the takers,’ said Wayne Root.
He went on to say that the ‘poor get everything free,’ and that if only taxpayers were allowed to vote, Republicans would have ‘landslide victories.’ 47 out of 50 states, he says, would be a sweeping win for Republicans.
Alarmingly, he elaborated on why millions of Americans should simply not be allowed to vote. Forget about voter suppression:
‘People of conflict of interest shouldn’t be allowed to vote. If you collect welfare, you have no right to vote. The day you get of welfare, you get your voting rights back. The reality is, why are you allowed to have this conflict of interest, that you vote for the politician who wants to keep your welfare checks coming?,’ said Root.
Those who shouldn’t be able to vote:
- people on welfare
- people with food stamps, or SNAP as it is now known
- those with ‘free healthcare’
- People with Medicaid and Medicare
- People on Social Security
- Those with ‘free Obama phones’
- Women on contraception through Obamacare
He had to backpedal immediately when he mentioned Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid out loud:
‘ …And by the way, Social Security shouldn’t count, because it’s not really an entitlement, because you paid in to get the money out. But in general, most of the things I just rattled off should preclude you from voting. Social security should not. Medicare should not, because you paid into the system…,’ said Root.
But it must be noted that he did mention Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. According, Greg Sargent of The Washington Post:
‘Republicans are the party that preaches small government, but not only is cutting Social Security and Medicare deeply unpopular; the GOP base is increasingly made up of older voters who rely on these Big Government programs that are eating up an increasing share of spending.’
So it’s clear Republicans who work to cut these programs have a conflict of interest of their own. ‘Free Obama phones’ are a tired mythological story the Right uses for emotional effect themselves, much like the entire birther stance that Trump helped to father himself.
It’s known that voter suppression is an effective strategy for Republicans to mute minority votes during elections. We all see frequent stories that they are trying actively to block votes from minority groups. Wayne Root spells out clearly that this type of voter suppression is actually considered warranted and desirable to his way of thinking. His way of thinking endorses and is supported by Donald Trump. There is no evidence to the contrary as of the date of this writing.
Precluding women voters for their use of contraception, which they pay for through insurance, takes voter suppression to a whole new and alarmingly misogynistic level. Women everywhere should take notice of this, especially Republican women.
Women’s rights are clearly on the chopping block here, along with the rights of minorities, and most of the poor people in the country.
For elaboration on how this is totally unconstitutional, see James Conrad’s article, ‘TRUMP SUPPORTER WAYNE ALLYN ROOT WANTS LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR TAXPAYERS ONLY’
Republicans wage their constant political war against the disadvantaged in this country, often unaware that Republican voters themselves take advantage of social redistributive services as much as minority groups. The reason they continue the assault has its roots in racism, xenophobia, and now clearly, misogyny. Until wealth inequality is addressed in this country, people will continue to depend on social services more and more, and those people’s voices must be heard with their vote if anything is ever to change.
We’ll continue to hear the voices of angry white males focusing on how America’s problems are all about the minorities, immigrants, and women well into the foreseeable future. Hopefully, the sounds will fade considerably this November.
Listen to Wayne Allyn Root’s interview with Rob Schilling from Right Wing Watch below:
Featured image: Wayne Allyn Root by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)