Demonstrating the stark difference of opinion between the American right and left, a recent survey conducted by The Economist and polling company YouGov revealed that 20% of people who voted for Donald Trump believe “there is a great deal of discrimination towards men.” Meanwhile, only 9% of those same voters believe “queer people face discrimination.”
Oh okay. Okay. Sure. Yeah… pic.twitter.com/SuHO4IlBC8
— Pumpkin Beer Duke (@dukeofearl232) October 19, 2018
The survey, which spoke to 1,500 U.S. adults, also found that many Trump supporters think native-born Americans face more serious discrimination than members of the LGBTQ community. In fact, 59% of those in the survey who voted for Donald Trump believe “queer people face not much discrimination or none at all.”
It’s true. Even worse when you’re also white and middle aged. None of the people in the office bowed to me today. Not one of them!
— Nick Baldwin (@nickbaldwin_z) October 19, 2018
The results of this survey were a surprise to Twitter!
Thank you. Now I know I am a victim (not)
— george kurr (@downeastah44) October 19, 2018
I thought it was the Grand Old Party, not the Pity Party.
— Dave H (@Id92Bud) October 19, 2018
When you see other people getting the rights you’ve always enjoyed, of course you feel threatened.
— DM RESIST to @Resistbot (@ararubyan) October 19, 2018
Hahahahahaaaaa, yeah. pic.twitter.com/zEp02He8L8
— (((Jenniferlayne*))) (@Jenniferlayne53) October 19, 2018
In the survey, many Trump voters also believed men faced more discrimination than “Jews, Mexican Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans and immigrants.” This was diametrically opposed to Clinton voters, 54% of whom believed the LGBTQ community regularly faces serious discrimination, while only 3% thought men do.
Twitter had some news for the Trump supporters who think men are under attack:
They seem to see equal rights for others discriminates against them.
— Curtis Lester (@CurtisLester) October 19, 2018
Meaning not everyone offers them holiday greetings in the exact wording they require & many women feel free to reject their sexual advances.
Must be rough.
— BeatleManiac #Resist (@More_BRB_Songs) October 19, 2018
— ScreaminMimiB ⚢ (@_SLNovak) October 19, 2018
This is just so embarrassing.
— Dennis DiClaudio wouldst like to live deliciously (@dennisdiclaudio) October 19, 2018
ummm, no, no they don’t
delusional doesn’t even begin to cover this cr*p
— sam (@samiamsamh) October 19, 2018
For the straight men of America who feel they’re being treated unfairly, here’s a reminder: being criticized or facing hardship is not the same as discrimination. Here are some examples of blatant discrimination:
An August directive by the Trump administration gave federal contractors the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Pink News: #Trump #WhiteHouse issues #antiLGBT ‘freedom to #discriminate’ directive https://t.co/dX2tjOtAkn#DonaldTrumpIsABigot #MikePenceisabigot #Homophobic
It effectively guts the power to sanction any federal contractor that discriminated based on their religious beliefs.
— Warren Abeshouse (@aroyal4oz) August 19, 2018
Earlier this October, the Trump administration said it would no longer be issuing VISAs to unmarried partners of same-sex couples working at the “UN, World Bank and International Monetary Fund,” putting many of these people in danger overseas.
Why, then, can’t conservatives come forward and champion LGBT rights? I mean the ones in power? Why do conservatives not see this as a human rights issue and vote against it? What about Trump stopping same sex partners of diplomats getting visas or no transgender in the military?
— Talia Barela (@TaliaCat3) October 18, 2018
Meanwhile, only 25 of the 193 countries in the U.N. have legalized same-sex marriage. In 69 countries, being gay is a prosecutable crime, and, in several nations, the sentence is death.
Wouldn’t expect him to vote otherwise. Pathetic.
— Rita (@RitaKaddoum94) October 19, 2018
Reactions on social media were largely in support of the LGBTQ community, who are discriminated against so often it apparently doesn’t even register as discrimination to these Trump supporters!
I think the answer to this is… EDUCATION. People who believe nonsense such at these obviously do need to read more, learn about the history of westernisation/colonialism. Orientalism is an exploration of these TRUTHS, whereas ignorance is to ignore them.
— Tommye Turner (@just_tommye) October 19, 2018
Aw, did we hurt the widdle feelings of white Trump voters? They personally know nothing of lifelong discrimination & setbacks. pic.twitter.com/1O9JqXFYus
— Sunflower Ω – The truth is out there… (@Sunf10wer_64) October 19, 2018
The United States identifies itself as a nation comprised of nearly seventy-five percent Christians. Any assertion to the contrary is, on its face, ludicrous.
— Craig Allen (@Grandpastein) October 19, 2018
Really? Are they being shot in the street by bad cops? Are they being put in concentration camps/cages? Are they being ‘grabbed by their privates’ & roofied & raped? Are they on the no fly lists? Are their bodies being controlled by congress? Are they being paid less than women? pic.twitter.com/0bn1yuBtZN
— Geri Jo #VoteBlue2018 (@GeriJoh) October 19, 2018
Perhaps reading these examples of discrimination will open the eyes of some Trump voters… but we aren’t too hopeful.
I think what they are really experiencing is a higher amount of personal/willful ignorance & a weird blindness that prevents them from seeing the truth that everyone else in the whole wide world has no problem seeing.
— Geri Jo #VoteBlue2018 (@GeriJoh) October 19, 2018