Thursday, January 26, 2017

General Jerry unintentionally confirms that their extremists are in the minority

William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin
Nutty and bigoted retired general, William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin is executive vice president of Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group. In an email to supporters Boykin writes:
This past fall, almost 60 percent of voters who cast a ballot for President Trump pointed to life and religious liberty as issues of great importance to them.

That means nearly two-thirds of Trump supporters voted for one of the most conservative platforms in history.

Values Voters can take credit for delivering Hillary Clinton a crushing defeat, largely due to her pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood, anti-family agenda.
I do not know what “almost 60 percent” means. In theory that might mean 55% or greater. Just for the sake of argument I'll call it 57.5%. That is also not “nearly two-thirds.” 66.67% represents a 16% increase over 57.5% which is significant. We also don't know if these people voted because of religious liberty (which usually means the licensure of anti-LGBT discrimination) or because they are committed GOPers or because they don't like Muslims or Mexicans. Boykin doesn't know either.

Moreover, if this data comes from one of the email response polls that FRC did then the percentages apply to FRC supporters. Who the hell knows?

Nevertheless, I am willing to concede that anti-abortion folks might be single issue voters and probably voted for Trump. Trump received 46.1% of the popular vote.  57.5% of that means that these extremists constituted just 26.5% of the electorate. I tell you what, though, that roughly quarter of the population votes! Were progressives similarly diligent about pulling levers we would be having a different conversation. Over the years I seem to be consistently citing that same quarter of our citizenry.

We have two years until the midterms and participation is the key. We seem to have the votes but not the voters. We need to do something about that.

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