Question 1, what happens when 13% of a community vote for a particular candidate X, and 74% vote for candidate Y?
Question 2: What happens when 8% of a community vote for X, and 80% vote for Y?
Apparently, when they are black, it means that obviously racial resentment is not the reason people supported X, because why would 8% of blacks support a racist?
Question 3: What happens when 29% of a community vote for X, and 65% vote for Y (note the 29% number is controversial and on the higher end, see discussion here)
Well, when they are Latino obviously, candidate Y failed to energize the vote, and maybe candidate X is not viewed as awful toward immigrants as the biased media says. He did get 29% after all.
Question 4: What happens when 72% of a community vote for X, and 23% vote for Y?
Well, 23% is better than 13% or 8% and almost as good as 29%, and those weren’t so bad for X, and in fact busted wide open the narrative that he didn’t speak to those voters. So maybe they did okay?
Not, apparently, if they are white working class. In that case, you are some condescending coastal elitist totally out of touch with that community. You’ve ignored them. You’ve had nothing to say to them! Do better. Do more.
Look, everyone knows there are more whites than people of color (for now) in the country. So obviously, electorally, Democrats need to do better with them than they do, and it is something they have to fix. But, please, the numbers do not somehow (i) bust the narrative that Trump has utterly failed to speak to people of color, and in fact has offended them grievously, and (ii) demonstrate that Democrats condescend to the white working class and failed utterly to speak to or connect with them.
And as for the trends among the people of color? Leaving aside blacks, who haven’t been even 10% Republican in a while, when 74% of Muslims voted for Clinton over Trump, when once 70% of them voted for Bush over Gore that’s not “surprising strength” for Trump. It’s a demonstration of the manner in which the Republican party has turned away from that community. We could do this with Latinos as well though less dramatically (44% to 29%). The Republicans are going white. There’s your narrative.