Privilege is a difficult thing to explain to someone who has always had it. So many white people fail to see the privilege granted them simply based on the fact that they weren’t born with a darker skin tone. The cisgender people and heterosexual people can’t always see it in regards to the LGBTQIA community. And Americans who have lived in incredible wealth their entire lives can’t see it in regards to the poor, or even average, American.
An example of someone who has been financially privileged since birth is none other than our current Embarrassment in Chief, President Donald Trump. He was born into wealth, had no problem covering his tuition to an Ivy League college, was given a large amount of money to start his own business, and has continued to live in overabundance to this day.
The privilege that his obscene wealth has granted him occasionally becomes very clear. For instance, while trying to repeal Obamacare, Trump famously said,
“Insurance is, you’re 20 years old, you just graduated from college, and you start paying $15 a month for the rest of your life and by the time you’re 70, and you really need it, you’re still paying the same amount and that’s really insurance.”
Not only was he completely wrong about what insurance is and how it works, he was way off on his cost estimation. In some of the more expensive states, insurance can run $707 a month after subsidies.
The latest instance of Trump showing his privilege came during a speech he gave in Ohio. During his speech, Trump stated:
“A word that you don’t hear much, but when I was growing up, we had what was called vocational schools. They weren’t called community colleges because I don’t know what that means, a community college!”
The ignorance is actually painful. We know Trump knows what the internet is; his use of Twitter proves that. It shouldn’t be out of our leader’s ability to simply Google the difference between community college and vocational school.
Trump honey, part of being president is being the leader of all the people, not just the rich. Not sure how you missed that, bud, but you might want to work on that.