Van Jones Has Dinner With Obama-Turned-Trump Voters in Attempt to Understand Their Election Choices

CNN is airing a new post-election series appropriately titled "The Messy Truth," hosted by CNN's Van Jones. Wanting to better understand counties that switched from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016, the host had dinner with the Seitz family in Trumbull County, Ohio.
"Let me introduce to you a family of two-time Obama voters who switched to vote for Donald Trump," Van Jones began. 
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"I think Obama represents a lot of love and I think that he's a good man and he did all he could and we supported him for two elections," Ohio Democrat Scott Seitz said, "and then when those changes really didn't come about and Obamacare actually affected me personally with my own mother, I think we needed change once again." 

This is confusing on many levels. If the elder Seitz believes Obama did all he could, why would he not want to continue his legacy? What viable solutions has Trump ever presented to Obamacare? And if the thought process is simply wanting something different, why has this man been a lifelong Democrat? What was different about Trump, besides having no experience? 

"I could not vote for Hillary Clinton... it was just her morals and his morals... they both scared me," Scott's wife, Derida Seitz told Van Jones, when asked why she abstained from voting. 

Derinda never divulged why exactly she found either candidate "scary" but later said Hillary "did her job" in not making her want to vote for Trump. 

"All those scary things about what he says," Derinda mused vaguely. "But she did not do her job in showing me why I should vote for her."

Judging from this statement, it's doubtful this person watched a single democratic or presidential debate or ever bothered to take a peek at either candidate's campaign website. How can candidates possibly reach voters who are that tuned out? 

"Let me give you guys a chance to respond to some of the stereotypes about all the Trumpeters," Jones told the family.

"All the Trump voters hate the Mexicans, they hate Muslims they don't like black . . . all of his explosive kind of racial talk was what really got everybody," he said. 

One Trump-voting member of the family had an interesting response, to say the least. 

"One of my jobs is helping counseling individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addictions and I'm just going by the statistics at my location; most of them are minorities," Scott's son Cameron said. 

He estimated 85%. However Trumbull County is over 90% white and substance abuse among racial and ethnic minorities compared with white Americans is about equal

"If I were racist, I just don't believe that I'd be very good at my job... I'm not the stereotype that individuals think we are" he insisted, completely unaware that he had just stereotyped minorities moments earlier. 

But Scott Seitz has high hopes for Trump in his own industrial town. 

"We'd like to see him come to the area and at least walk through and see what we see each and every day... we have tons of mills ... not only did they close up but they've been torn down and removed.. big mills that had been there your whole life," he explained.

Jones had seen the mills on the way to the Seitz's home. 

"That was -- that was crazy," Jones remarked. "So these -- these bombs were falling on your landscape in the election season and you didn't feel that the Democrats were even taking note?" he then asked. 

"Absolutely," Scott Seitz confirmed. 

All told, during the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chelsea ClintonJoe Biden and Bernie Sanders all held rallies in Youngstown, Ohio, just 20 miles from Trumbull County.



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