Just in time for Christmas, America gets a present from the very best people to get a present from: Millionaires.
If that sounds weird to you, it kind of is. Or at least, it’s weird as far as I’m concerned, because this news comes as a result of a thing that I didn’t actually know was a thing — the CNBC semiannual Millionaire Survey. That’s a name that really makes you think about the kind of country we live in, since so many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, yet there are apparently enough millionaires in this country that they represent a group large enough to survey.
Gross, but moving on.
According to the most recent survey, 38 percent of rich Republicans say they would not vote for Trump again — meaning only 62 percent would vote for him again, including just 34 percent of millionaires, who are ostensibly Donald Trump’s real base. If the rich in America were representative of his entire vote in 2016, that means he would only get 39 million votes the next time around.
Of course, they don’t make up his whole base — plenty of the working poor were fooled into voting for him through a combination of false campaign promises, Russian intervention, and voter suppression efforts, and plenty more voted for him because they’re collectively the same kind of racist, sexist asshole he is.
But seeing the ones who make up his biggest group of donors drop out is not just encouraging, but outright delivers a nice big shot of schadenfreude for those of us who are exhausted and sickened by his presidency.
In fact, the bow on top of this Christmas gift from people we’ll never meet or get anything else from ever again unless it’s another terrible Republican president is the fact that one in five of the respondents in the survey said Trump probably won’t even be the nominee in 2020, which, I’m being serious here, would be the best thing to happen to America since the tech boom of the 1990s.
These rich folks make up a surprisingly sizeable voting bloc, and the survey actually says that a whopping 96 percent of them voted in the midterm election, a turnout rate much higher than the rest of the country, so who knows — maybe they really will be a significant factor in the next election.
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