Trump is Using Racism and Xenophobia to Pit Us Against “Them.”
Using Racism and Xenophobia to Pit Us Against “Them.”
There is disagreement among pundits as to whether the primary cause of America’s white-working class fixation with Trump was because of economic anxiety or racism.
Paul Krugman says the “economic anxiety is not a good predictor of Trump supporters…. Racial antagonism is a good indicator of who’s a Trump supporter. Krugman’s view was supported by an ABC News/Washington Post Poll that found if you believe men and whites have “too little” influence” in American society, you were far more likely to support Trump.
Van Jones, social entrepreneur extraordinaire, took a more nuanced position, “There are elements of racism, xenophobia and misogyny in the Trump movement, and there are also all kinds of legitimate of anxieties.
The rise of Trump is a judgment on the progressive movement that has adopted a style that doesn’t leave much room for a 55-year-old heterosexual white Republican living in a red state to feel that he has any place of honor or dignity in the world progressives are trying to create.”