There’s an assumption, especially in the media, that Trump voters swung his way in spite of knowing that he had constantly expressed bigoted views against Latinos, African Americans, Muslims, and basically everyone not an authentic white Anglo-Saxon protestant. That’s not the case. Trump voters voted for Trump because of his racism.
In this election, they (white people) did not vote against their self-interests. They may have voted against a self-interest — several self-interests actually — but not their most important one: The preservation of white supremacy.
For all the narratives on economics, on Democrats forgetting the little people, and finger-pointing at everything from emails to Obamacare, the media is having a hard time seeing what is alt-right in front of them.
… please note that I am not including any qualifiers. For working class whites. Or whites from rust-belt cities. Or white men. Or white people who didn’t graduate from college—or rural whites, or Midwestern whites, or Southern whites. …
Millions of white voters have shown us that nothing existing on Earth or Heaven or Hell matters more to them than being white, and whichever privileges—real or fabricated; concrete or spiritual—existing as White in America provides.
This election was about what Breitbart, InfoWars, David Duke, and Donald Trump told us it was about—putting down the other.
Because racism is powerful.
Donald Trump has won the presidency, despite an unprecedented level of unfitness and in defiance of nearly every prediction and poll. And he’s done this not despite but because he expressed unfiltered disdain toward racial and religious minorities in the country.
Several weeks ago, the Washington Post did what all the TV talking heads requested and went out to meet Trump voters. And they found them. The found voters who believed Obama was a gay Muslim, Michelle transgender, and their daughters stolen from some foreign family. That’s what the alt-right press told them, and they chose to believe it. Because Obama is other …
Donald Trump’s promise to “make America great again” isn’t about bringing some people up, it’s about knocking those other people down.
The message his victory sent to nonwhites, Muslim Americans, immigrants, and their families is clear: Never underestimate the power of racism and bigotry.
Sure corporate billionaires will walk off with genuine benefits from Trump’s tax cuts and regulation repeals, but if white Americans don’t get the jobs and “all their dreams” that they were promised, then get something even more important … someone to look down on.
White nationalists and members of fringe hate groups heard the same thing: Full of renewed hope, they said Trump, win or lose, had given a voice to their worldview. And Trump was rewarded for this message by everyday white people, from every demographic group, who heard it and chose to deliver him to the White House.
The racism. Is a feature. The bigotry against other religions. Is a feature. The sexism. Is a feature.
Welcome to your White Supremacist Patriarchy.
There will be a lot of hand-wringing and excuse-giving and scapegoating in the upcoming days as we try to grapple with what just happened. But let’s not get it twisted: Trump will be our next president, not because Hillary is unlikable, not because of third-party voters, not because of an enthusiasm gap in black voters. We have elected violent white supremacist patriarchy into office because the vast majority of white American voters chose to elect violent white supremacist patriarchy into office.