Almost exactly one month ago, I wrote an essay titled “This headline scares the hell out of me: “Clinton retakes 11-point lead over Trump in Michigan””. That headline scared the hell out of me because I feared it would lead to Democratic complacency which could cost us the biggest chance to take back control of the state House for Democrats that we’ve had in a long time and will have for a long time to come.
Today comes a much more reassuring headline: “Donald Trump gains on Hillary Clinton as race in Michigan tightens”. The new poll commissioned by the Detroit Free Press shows that Clinton’s lead has shrunk from 11 points to just four points. In one month.
In other words, Democrats, it’s time to get off your asses and not only vote but Get Out The MF’in Vote (GOTMFV)!
GOTV Weekend begins tomorrow morning. That means four days of getting out the MF’in vote. You can sign up to do that at HillaryClinton.com/GOTV.
Go ahead, sign up for some shifts. I’ll wait right here.
Okay. All signed up for multiple shifts? Good.
So, why is Clinton’s lead evaporating? It’s not because she’s losing support, actually. Her support has remained almost exactly the same at 42% (it was 43% on October 6th.) Trump, however, is gaining support. He went from 32% last month to 38% today. That’s basically all the Republicans who were afraid to admit they were supporting a xenophobic, sexist, misogynistic bigot. But Trump has so normalized this shitty behavior that these deplorable people are now coming out and admitting that they’re fine with him talking about grabbing women’s pussies without consent, mocking people with disabilities, and disparaging nearly anyone who isn’t a white man. It’s a disgusting reflection of what is, apparently, a wide swath of America.
But, here’s the thing: those people were always there. They were ALWAYS going to vote for Trump. It’s just that now we KNOW they are. In other words, this latest poll is a more accurate picture of what we’re up against.
So, yes, be freaked out. Be worried. And then DO SOMETHING! GOTMFV.
P.S. Yes, I used the word “deplorable”. How else would you describe a group that includes people like a guy in Allen Park that threatened six young teenagers between the ages of 12 and 14 with a gun:
Michael Kubek, 56, called police to report the vandalism and when officers arrived, six kids ages 12-14, were reportedly sitting on the grass and Kubek was yelling and cursing at them.
The 56-year-old man told police he believed those kids damaged his Trump lawn sign – but that he didn’t actually see them do it and doesn’t have security video.
Police say the six kids said they were hanging out in the park when Kubek ran up to them, accused them of damaging the Trump sign, pulled out a gun and told them to sit down on the grass.
Yeah. Like I said: deplorable.