Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dems Wrong: Trump Supporters More Motivated by Racism Than Economic Issues

Mehdi Hasan
April 6 2017, 6:12 a.m., The Intercept

IT ISN’T ONLY Republicans, it seems, who traffic in alternative facts. Since Donald Trump’s shock election victory, leading Democrats have worked hard to convince themselves, and the rest of us, that his triumph had less to do with racism and much more to do with economic anxiety — despite almost all of the available evidence suggesting otherwise.

Consider Bernie Sanders, de facto leader of the #Resistance. “Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks,” he said at a rally in Boston on Friday, alongside fellow progressive senator Elizabeth Warren. “I don’t agree.” Writing in the New York Times three days after the election last November, the senator from Vermont claimed Trump voters were “expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own”.

Warren agrees with him. “There were millions of people across this country who voted for [Trump] not because of his bigotry, but in spite of that bigotry” because the system is “not working for them economically,” the Massachusetts senator told MSNBC last year.

Both Sanders and Warren seem much keener to lay the blame at the door of the dysfunctional Democratic Party and an ailing economy than at the feet of racist Republican voters. Their deflection isn’t surprising. Nor is their coddling of those who happily embraced an openly xenophobic candidate. Look, I get it. It’s difficult to accept that millions of your fellow citizens harbor what political scientists have identified as “racial resentment.” The reluctance to acknowledge that bigotry, and tolerance of bigotry, is still so widespread in society is understandable. From an electoral perspective too, why would senior members of the Democratic leadership want to alienate millions of voters by dismissing them as racist bigots?

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Blogger Tom Koch said...

As I've stated before, I did not support candidate Trump, I do care deeply about our country and in that light, call complete BS on this article. I know supporters of President Trump and to a person, NONE are racists, neither could they tell Keynesian from Hayek or Bastiat from Krugman. To the contrary, I know conservatives who enjoy people of color as friends, have opened their homes to refugees of color, have opened their wallets to support people of all colors and celebrate US holidays with people of multiple faiths, Christian, Jewish and Muslim. They do not support President Trump because of Trump, they support Trump because they are sick and tired of the Clinton slime, the militant leftists, identity politics, a social justice movement that seems hell bent on creating as many victims as possible, the campus snowflakes scurrying to their safe places and the ‘intellectual’ universities who allow students to shut off/shout down free speech – not to mention leftists who attempt to smear them as racists. Whatever happened to the vaulted leftist value of tolerance and diversity? We need two or more political parties (the GOP will go too far) and I hope mainstream DEM’s come to their senses before they lose more counties, states, congressional and senate races.

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