Shocking new study shows large increases in bullying in four ‘red’ states that voted for Donald Trump
A disturbing new study discovered that there has been a huge increase in bullying among high school students in some areas that voted for President Trump.
The research, performed by Virginia Commonwealth University and Carnegie Mellon University, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on January 8, 2019.
The study investigated the economic characteristics of three regions: New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine), Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania), and Gulf Coast (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). It examined data from 2008-2010 and also compared 2012-2016.
Overall, the researchers estimated there was a 16.5 percent increase in bullying in New England after Donald Trump won the presidency, which was much higher than the rate of increase before the election. In both Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions, there was a 20 percent increase in bullying, but it was below the 25 percent increase seen in New England.
The researchers attribute this to Trump’s policies, such as his efforts to stop so-called “sanctuary cities” and the “Muslim ban.” They say that this could cause economic damage to the areas by a reduction in corporate income and immigrant hiring.
Meanwhile, bullying continued to decrease in most other areas across the country. However, the researchers observed that after a big reduction in bullying, it picked up again, particularly in Mid-Atlantic. They didn’t explain why this happened, but said it could be because of Trump’s actions to block access to legal assistance for victims of bullying and LGBT communities.
The researchers believe that economic inequality is the main reason for the increase in bullying and economic inequality is one of the main issues driving the rise of Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policies. Trump’s presidency has been accompanied by increasing economic inequality.
In another case, a small number of people’s loss of benefit will impact a much wider population. The Trump administration’s plan to streamline Medicaid eligibility made a large dent in community health insurance programs, leading to higher out-of-pocket costs for many low-income people.
This has led to a rise in suicide among low-income and minority teenagers. The study notes that it is also linked to increased obesity, increased female underweight rates, and increases in fasting plasma glucose.
This study is yet another example of climate change causing many other effects on the everyday lives of us all.