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White-lash is a play of words on the term backlash. It has been used by liberals who wrongly think that conservatives are motivated by racial prejudices, with CNN commentator Van Jones arguing it was racist white Americans that revolted against the Democratic Party and voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

President-elect Trump's unexpected victory on 8 November 2016 was summed up as “whitelash” by the CNN commentator, who argued that racism played in the election's outcome:

“This was a white-lash. This was a white-lash against a changing country, it was a white-lash against a black president, in part, and that’s the part where the pain comes.”[1]

Edison research

The Edison Research exit poll indicated a swell of support for Trump among white voters. The exit poll of nearly 25,000 people found that Trump picked up 58 per cent of white voters versus Democrat Hillary Clinton‘s 37 per cent.

Broken down by gender and race, 63 per cent of white men voted for the Republican Party, versus 31 per cent for the Democratic Party, and 53 per cent of white women voted for Trump, versus 43 per cent for Clinton.

White Americans made up nearly 70 per cent of voters who showed up at the polls, with the Democratic Party obtaining 88 per cent of the black vote. 80 per cent of black men voted for Clinton, along with an overwhelming 94 per cent of black women.

Latinos for Trump

CNN's exit poll found that 65% of Latinos voted for Clinton while 29% cast their votes for Trump. In 2012 Barack Obama won 71% of the Latino vote and Mitt Romney won 27%. [2]

The number crunching site FiveThirtyEight said Latino voters may have tilted Florida's 29 electoral college votes in favor of the Republican Party:

Trump’s margin among Latino voters in Florida, though thinner than it has been for Republican candidates in past races, likely helped him win that critical state.[3]

Blacks for Trump

Exit polls show that Hillary Clinton's support among Latino voters was just 65 per cent, down from Barack Obama's 71 per cent in 2012 while among African American voters support was down from 93 per cent to 88 per cent.[4]


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