| Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here's why
| Tuesday, March 08, 2016
|When he isn’t spewing insults, the Republican frontrunner is hammering home a powerful message about free trade and its victims.
I call it a “mystery” because the working-class white people who make
up the bulk of Trump’s fan base show up in amazing numbers for the
candidate, filling stadiums and airport hangars, but their views, by and
large, do not appear in our prestige newspapers. On their opinion
pages, these publications take care to represent demographic categories
of nearly every kind, but “blue-collar” is one they persistently
The views of working-class people are so foreign to that
universe that when New York Times columnist Nick Kristof wanted to
“engage” a Trump supporter last week, he made one up, along with this imaginary person’s responses to his questions. When members of the professional class wish to understand the
working-class Other, they traditionally consult experts on the subject.
And when these authorities are asked to explain the Trump movement, they
always seem to zero in on one main accusation: bigotry.
they tell us, is capable of powering a movement like Trump’s, which is
blowing through the inherited structure of the Republican party like a
tornado through a cluster of McMansions.on Saturday, New York Times columnist Timothy Egan blamed
none other than “the people” for Trump’s racism: “Donald Trump’s
supporters know exactly what he stands for: hatred of immigrants, racial
superiority, a sneering disregard of the basic civility that binds a
What Lewandowski and Nussbaum are saying, then, should be obvious to
anyone who’s dipped a toe outside the prosperous enclaves on the two
coasts. Ill-considered trade deals and generous bank bailouts and
guaranteed profits for insurance companies but no recovery for average
people, ever – these policies have taken their toll. As Trump says, “we
have rebuilt China and yet our country is falling apart.
infrastructure is falling apart. . . . Our airports are, like, Third
World.” Trump’s words articulate the populist backlash against liberalism
that has been building slowly for decades and may very well occupy the
White House itself, whereupon the entire world will be required to take
seriously its demented ideas.
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