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A Prediction I Made That Came True…. and It’s NOT a Good Thing!

January 11, 2019

Shortly after President Trump was elected I predicted that there would be an uptick in bullying in public schools, and a year later I reviewed my predictions and was dismayed to discover that the bullying HAD increased. Today, Michelle Goldberg’s NYTimes op ed piece offers further evidence that bullying in middle school has indeed increased… but only in those counties where Trump was supported by voters. Indeed, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the greater the support for Trump, the greater the increase in bullying behavior. Overall, in counties that supported Ms. Clinton the rate of bullying has decreased.

As Ms. Goldberg and the researchers note, this is a correlation, not necessarily proof positive that Trump voters are encouraging bullying… but:

(The researchers) don’t claim to have discovered that a region’s backing for Trump causes an uptick in reports of bullying, only that the two are correlated. Still, it’s not hard to imagine that kids who spend their time around Trump enthusiasts might be getting the message that picking on racial minorities, and those who deviate from traditional gender norms, is O.K.

The norms have changed, and not for the better. Getting back to pre-2015 norms— those that were in place before Mr. Trump declared he would run for President— may prove to be as difficult as getting tax rates back to pre-Reagan levels. In both cases, our democracy will suffer.

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