Going into Election Day, there was a not-insignificant amount of speculation regarding the idea that Donald Trump might actually defeat Hillary on the strength of what some saw as “secret” Trump voters - people who were quietly supporting the Republican nominee while many in their various circles appeared to be vocal fans of Hillary.
Well, as the dust settles on the election, and details about just what took place come into focus, it seems as though the idea of secret Trump voters may, indeed, be valid.
Some proof to that effect can be found in the voting results posted by the memberships of America’s teachers unions: the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the National Education Association (NEA).
According to an article over at USA Today, although both unions endorsed the Democratic nominee for president and were otherwise enthusiastic supporters of her candidacy for president, it does not appear that everyone who makes up the rank and file went along with the recommendation of union leadership.
While the final numbers are still being crunched, estimates reveal that roughly 20 percent of the membership of the AFT voted for Trump, while over 30 percent of the NEA’s members did the same.
More broadly, although the vast majority of America’s biggest labor unions were “all in” for Clinton almost as soon her campaign began in earnest, exit polls indicate that she bested Trump among union households by a rather modest margin of 51% to 43%.
In trying to explain the defeat of Clinton, Randi Weingarten, the president of the AFT, believes sexism is the principal reason she lost, saying, “Frankly I was always concerned about whether the country was ready to have a female president. There was an intensity of hatred that male political figures never get. So I think we’re never really going to understand it.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large