Donald Trump nabbed the votes of the wealthy and well-educated in the East Coast primaries this week, securing wins in some of the richest places in America, Reuters reports.
Trump won over people from the fanciest-schmansiest and best-educated counties in the US, including Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Newport County, Rhode Island—meaning people with a few degrees and six-figure salaries have actually started to consider the orange menace a viable option for president.
Randall Miller, professor of American politics at Pennsylvania's Saint Joseph's University, told Reuters that it's bizarre that the super knowledgeable have blanked on some of Trump's most dreadful behaviors—like the heinous shit he's spewed about women and Latinos—but the phenomenon does make sense.
Trump is, after all, Ivy-league educated—he attended University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton School of Business—as well as crazy rich, so he and his new voters have that much in common. Also, any Republican with an education is surely scared shitless by Ted Cruz's union of church and state, and CBS News reported in late March that under Trump's tax plan, the One Percenters would save about $275,000 a year on tax cuts, so there's that.
Miller adds that familiarity with Trump's name in the Northeast probably didn't hurt and thinks people "may have gotten used to Trump," saying, "He's not as outrageous as he used to be." Ultimately, Republicans are pretty much stuck with him at this point, so this could just be the acceptance phase of the Kübler-Ross model.