They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
So let’s take a look at the front page of newspapers after Democrats take the stage in Miami next week for two primary debates.
I’m telling you those pictures will bring me tears.
For the first time in my life, the field of presidential candidates for a major political party looks like America — a racially diverse country.
The debates will include a Jewish democratic socialist (Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE), an LGBTQ person (Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg wouldn’t reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: ‘What’s done is done’ Buttigieg wouldn’t reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: ‘What’s done is done’ Buttigieg: Iran situation ‘disturbingly reminiscent’ of lead-up to Iraq War MORE), two African Americans (Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden, Sanders, other Democrats Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden, Sanders, other Democrats Poll: Biden leads, Warren surges in South Carolina MORE and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden calls for equal pay for US women’s soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women’s soccer team Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers MORE), a Latino (Julián Castro), an Asian American (Andrew YangAndrew YangYang: Standing next to Biden on debate stage would help boost name recognition Yang: Standing next to Biden on debate stage would help boost name recognition Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup MORE) and six women (Harris, Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden calls for equal pay for US women’s soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women’s soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows MORE, Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I’m focused on ‘the people out there watching’ MORE, Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBiden calls for equal pay for US women’s soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women’s soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows MORE, Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE and Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardOvernight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations ‘alarming’ | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations ‘alarming’ | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE).
The GOP debate stage for their 2016 primaries featured one woman, one African American, one Indian American and two Hispanics. They were basically bookends for 12 white men who dominated that stage.
That shocking contrast on the debate stage is only a hint of the divide between the nation’s two big political parties going into the 2020 presidential race.
There’s a Grand Canyon between each party’s voters.
The Trump party suffers from a staggering lack of racial diversity and a dearth of young people. It also fares startlingly badly with educated people.
According to a report released this month by Public Opinion Strategies, based on NBC News–Wall Street Journal data, whites without college degrees now comprise an outright majority of all people who identify as Republicans.
In 2012, 48 percent of Republicans were non-college-educated whites. By 2018, with Trump as president, that figure had risen to 59 percent.
In 2012, 40 percent of Republicans were college-educated whites. In 2018, under Trump’s leadership, that number had fallen to just 29 percent.
In the 2018 midterms, Republicans lost white voters with a college education by 8 percentage points. They won among whites without a college education by 24 percentage points.
By the way, the report notes the current GOP is dominated by white men.
When Democrats won 40 House seats in the 2018 midterms, “women voted Democrat for Congress by a record margin and by a record gap compared to men.”
Republicans had a 4-point edge with men, but a 19-point deficit with women — a “net 23-point difference by gender,” as the report pointed out.
Once again, the gap comes down to white men without a college degree: 66 percent of them voted for the GOP in the 2018 midterms.
And then there is the age gap.
Last year, the Brookings Institution reported “the oldest Americans, those 50 and over, have consistently given Trump his highest approval ratings while young people aged 18-29 have consistently given him his lowest approval ratings.”
In fact, Quinnipiac University polling in May reported 70 percent disapproval for Trump among adults under the age of 35.
Only 8 percent of blacks, 28 percent of Hispanics and 27 percent of Asians identified as Republicans, according to a 2018 report from the Pew Research Center.
That means an overwhelming share of America’s racial minority voters are Democrats.
Recall that 2016 exit polls showed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats’ 2020 Achilles’s heel: The Senate Democrats’ 2020 Achilles’s heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: ‘Foolish’ not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE carrying nonwhite voters by a huge margin: 74 percent to Trump’s 21 percent. That’s likely to get worse for Trump next year.
The only middle ground left between the divided political parties is occupied by white men in swing states who voted for President Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016.
“While diverse in many ways, Obama-to-Trump voters are more likely to be white, working-class and to live in the Midwest. Because they voted for Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCampaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches Trump: Obama ‘had to know’ of ‘setup’ to block presidential bid 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA MORE in 2012 before supporting Trump in 2016, we can assume that their votes were not informed solely (or even strongly) by racial preference,” Johns Hopkins University Professor Stephen L. Morgan wrote for Bloomberg last week, based on research he recently conducted.
“On economic matters, Obama-to-Trump voters are centrists, except when it comes to free trade, which they view as a greater threat to jobs and wages than both Democratic and Republican party loyalists,” Morgan added.
Team Trump knows its only shot is to hold as many of those 6 million Obama-Trump voters as it can. That means speaking to their No. 1 issue — opposition to free trade.
In the Democratic field, the most outspoken opponent of free trade is Sanders.
“When people take a look at my record versus Vice President Biden’s record, I helped lead the fight against NAFTA; he voted for NAFTA,” Sanders said on CNN in April. “I helped lead the fight against [trade agreements] with China; he voted for it. I strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership; he supported it.”
Warren, too, has called for a renegotiation of NAFTA, although she blasted Trump’s combative use of tariffs to start a trade war.
Look for Trump and the Democrats to continue to talk tough on trade to appeal to those white Obama-Trump voters in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
If Trump can’t win the few middle-of-the road white men watching next week’s debates from the middle, he might be the last Republican president.
Juan Williams is an author, and a political analyst for Fox News Channel.