By Kevin Palmer
The words of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, suggests lowly white men were the key to Donald Trump being elected president and are the key to successful conservative radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh.
According to a Snopes.com article titled, Did LBJ Advocate: ‘Convince the Lowest White Man He’s Better Than the Best Colored Man’? , President Johnson was asked why poor and middle class Republicans vote against their own interest. Johnson responded, “If you can convince the poorest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t know you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him someone to look down on and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
For Trump, he picked their pockets of votes by promising to make America great again for white folk. For conservative radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, he picked truth from their pocket and replaced it with lying white supremacy propaganda. The result is hordes of bamboozled Limbaugh followers who refuse to realize if not for white supremacy, they would have the highest unemployment rate, their children would be languishing in failing schools, and they would be targeted for mass incarceration.
Johnson’s words have been called the politics of resentment and divisiveness which is good for business.