Because I’m not an American

Another in our well regarded series of questions in The Guardian we can answer:

Did you not vote in the US election? Tell us why

20 thoughts on “Because I’m not an American”

  1. Well, not being an American doesn’t seem to really impinge on a lot of people’s ability to vote over there…

    If one of my US family members kicks off, I’m going to have claimed to have voted twice. By post. For Trump. In Florida. With the assistance of one of those “get out the vote” dem fronts. And then watch the heads asplode.

  2. To be fair to the Graun, they are at least getting to the nub of the issue. The election was swung by large numbers of people staying home. Trouble is, those people don’t read the Guardian. What they’ll instead get is the trivially small numbers of people who would have rather voted for Bernie, rather than the millions of people who voted for Obama, but couldn’t be bothered voting for the Democrats this time because they were fed up of being called racist, and of listening to debates about whether trannies piss standing up or sitting down.

  3. I’ve been waiting for the Guardian to blame Trump’s election on the unfair denial of European liberals’ right to participate in the US electoral process. I presume this is the positioning move.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    Chris Bayliss – “but couldn’t be bothered voting for the Democrats this time because they were fed up of being called racist, and of listening to debates about whether trannies piss standing up or sitting down.”

    Except Hillary did not do too badly among Whites. Who are the only ones being called racist. She lost because she did not do massively better among Hispanics or women and Blacks stayed at home.

    So the people who did not vote for her did not vote for her because they could not stomach voting for the elderly White woman.

  5. The Inimitable Steve

    Since you’re here …
    … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but far fewer are paying for it. And advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

    Fund our journalism and together we can keep the world informed

    Muahahahaha!

  6. @smfs
    “So the people who did not vote for her did not vote for her because they could not stomach voting for the elderly White woman.”

    But that’s not the narrative! The fact that the Repub vote count stayed more or less stable but the Dem count fell is irrelevant – it’s Repubs being racistmisogynists, not dems staying home cos they’re misogynists!

  7. A noticeably smaller proportion of blacks voted for Hellary than voted for Obama. The likeliest explanation seems to me to be racism. But maybe they refrained from supporting Hellary because of a disinclination to support a criminal.

  8. Those who live by the premise that citizens should vote on the basis of skin color, ethnicity, and/or genitalia die by that same premise. The problem is this: Many voters vote their pocketbook instead.

    And…

    After spending 30 years exhorting racially conscious voting, Democrats, liberals and progressives are shocked – shocked, mind you – that a large number of Caucasians have decided to do exactly that. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  9. What were the Democrats thinking?

    They thought that enough people would vote for her because she’s got a twat, but then people voted against her because she is a twat.

  10. Srsly, the press really expect him to play all nicey-nicey with him after that campaign? That’s some nerve they’ve got there…

  11. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

    Fund us so we can keep agreeing with your prejudices?

    Funny, that. Stupidly, I expect news sources to inform my perspective not mere pander to my pre-existing understanding. Opinion pieces are different, of course.

  12. @Gamecock,

    Seems to be wishful thinking on the part of the NYT – nothing’s fecking happening yet, and they’re already claiming it’s in “disarray”…

    the MSM really did learn *nothing*, did they?

  13. @Slurpy Weevil: it’s one of TW’s contentions that newspapers do exactly that i.e. conform to their readers’ prejudices. It’s why the DM has that weird tic where they go “Kim Jon-un, 32, surveys troop manoeuvres from his £230,000 semi-detached bunker”.

  14. So Much For Subtlety

    Surreptitious Evil – “Stupidly, I expect news sources to inform my perspective not mere pander to my pre-existing understanding. Opinion pieces are different, of course.”

    The Telegraph has hired a lot of work experience girls and gone Full Guardian (well, 80% Guardian). Now they are challenging my perspectives quite a lot.

    So I have stopped reading them.

  15. I think the Telegraph is challenging the perspectives of many people who thought it was a decent newspaper. I’m not quite sure that it has gone Full Guardian yet.

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