Posted on March 7, 2024

MSNBC Segment Calling White Rural Voters ‘Most Racist’ in the Country Raises Eyebrows

Jeffrey Clark, Fox News, March 1, 2024

The authors of the book “White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy,” argued that White rural voters are the most dangerous “geodemographic” group in America on MSNBC on Monday.

Professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Thomas Schaller and journalist and opinion writer Paul Waldman claimed that White rural voters in America were racist and generally anti-democracy.

“They are the most racist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, geodemographic group in the country,” Schaller said. “Second, they’re the most conspiracist group. QAnon support and subscribers, election denialism, COVID denialism instead of scientific skepticism, Obama birtherism.”

Schaller also claimed that White rural voters don’t believe in democracy.

“They don’t believe in an independent press, free speech,” he said. “They’re most likely to say the president should be able to act unilaterally without any checks from Congress, or the courts or the bureaucracy. They’re also the most strongly White nationalist and White Christian nationalist,” Schaller said. “Fourth, they’re most likely to excuse or justify violence as an acceptable alternative to peaceful public discourse.”

Waldman argued that White rural voters tend to like former President Donald Trump because “they have more problematic education systems” and have been hurt by factories and work leaving their communities.