Tom Fulks

Angry white guy says ‘nyet’ to Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum on Friday in Denver.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum on Friday in Denver. Associated Press

I’m an angry white male voter — angry that Donald Trump and his party have said “you’re fired!” to facts, and I’m bothered that a local candidate for office campaigns like a Trump Mini-Me.

There seems to be a presumption among the intelligentsia that all angry, older white men support Trump and think his nonstop lying, Russia coddling, macho posturing and general tomfoolery is OK.

Many old boys might, but I sure as heck don’t. Trump’s crazy — an openly racist charlatan with an abnormal affinity for dictators and white supremacists who calls on Russia to spy on Hillary Clinton and says Vladimir Putin’s a better leader than the American president.

Hate Hillary all you want, but it’s not OK to invite foreign powers to attack her campaign.

We should start calling him Comrade Trumpsky. His slogan: Make Russia Great Again ###Putin’sPuppy.

Nyet! I’d rather vote for a Soviet space monkey than that orange-faced fascist.

I’ve yet to run into any white male cohort who admits he’s voting for Trumpsky. Maybe they’re embarrassed or don’t want to explain themselves. Maybe I run with the wrong crowd, or the right one. Who knows?

One thing’s for sure: Trumpsky’s angry white male troops will show up en masse, ALL CAPS, in the online comments section below this piece.

They’ll fling personal insults and rage against the notion of being called what they are: bitter, old, white guys desperately clinging to their privilege, upset at the challenge to their supremacy in American life.

What’s annoying is that those angry white guys have turned so many Americans against all of us. NEWS MEDIA ALERT: All older white males are not alike. So give some of us a break, OK?

Yep, I’m a white male voter, greatly annoyed that Trumpsky has spawned a movement among many on the proudly know-nothing right to treat facts as if they’re Mexican rapists lurking behind a “yoooge” border wall.

It’s sadly unsurprising; the right’s slide away from fact-based reality started years ago. Trumpsky has just perfected it.

In his acceptance speech, Trumpsky said violent crime is rising across the nation. In fact, it’s been cut in half nationally since 1991.

Trumpsky said the number of police killed on the job has risen 50 percent in the past year. In fact, it’s steadily decreased over the past 20 years.

Trumpsky said 58 percent of African-American youth are unemployed. In fact, it’s about half that.

Trumpsky said the United States is “one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” In fact, the United States ranks in the bottom third in taxes out of 34 industrial nations.

Trumpsky’s aggressive antipathy toward the truth now cascades throughout the body politic of the American right, all the way down to the San Luis Obispo County 3rd District supervisor race.

As a white male voter, I’m offended by Dan Carpenter’s recent opinion piece ham-fistedly blaming his opponent, incumbent Adam Hill, for PG&E’s announced closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

Carpenter lambasted Hill for failing to “boldly support the relicensing of the plant as a matter of public policy.” He’s trying to make it look as if PG&E was forced to close the plant because it couldn’t be relicensed.

At best, Carpenter — a SLO city councilman desperate to demonstrate policy gravitas — is making this up. At worst, Carpenter simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

In fact, the decision to shutter Diablo Canyon was made by PG&E alone. Math forced the verdict.

The giant utility did the calculations and concluded the plant couldn’t be relicensed in a way financially acceptable to shareholders in the face of stiff cost competition from the state’s burgeoning portfolio of renewable energy sources, which Carpenter called “undependable.”

That’s a strange, anachronistic choice of words, given that California ranks as one of the fastest-growing states in the nation in energy production from renewable sources.

This rate of growth will only increase as the effects take root from Senate Bill 350, signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, which requires the state’s energy sector to use 50 percent renewable sources of power by 2030. It’s already on target to reach 30 percent renewable sources by 2020.

Carpenter, like Trumpsky, is out of his depth.

So, on behalf of annoyed older white guys who still believe facts matter, Carpenter, Trumpsky and all other fact-averse political candidates on the right: Please. Stop.

We know you’re making it up. It’s bad for our nation, bad for our community.

Bal'shoye spaseeba (Russian “thank you”).

Liberal columnist Tom Fulks is a former reporter and opinion writer. He has been a political campaign consultant for many local races. His column runs in The Tribune every other Sunday, in rotation with conservative columnist Matthew Hoy.

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