Top Democrats are wrong: Trump supporters were more motivated by racism than economic issues

Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

"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. … Philip Klinkner, a political scientist at Hamilton College and an expert on race relations, has pored over [American National Election Studies] data and tells me that 'whether it’s good politics to say so or not, the evidence from the 2016 election is very clear that attitudes about blacks, immigrants, and Muslims were a key component of Trump’s appeal.' For example, he says, 'in 2016 Trump did worse than Mitt Romney among voters with low and moderate levels of racial resentment, but much better among those with high levels of resentment.'" (04/06/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/06/top-democrats-are-wrong-trump-supporters-were-more-motivated-by-racism-than-economic-issues/

  • dL

    'whether it’s good politics to say so or not, the evidence from the 2016 election is very clear that attitudes about blacks, immigrants, and Muslims were a key component of Trump’s appeal.'

    Certainly among the GOP base…no doubt about that

    But I find this to be a bit perplexing:

    For example, he says, 'in 2016 Trump did worse than Mitt Romney among voters with low and moderate levels of racial resentment, but much better among those with high levels of resentment.'"

    Who exactly was the alternate goto candidate in 2012 for xenophobic bigotry? Barack Obama, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein?

    • Probably Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, maybe?

      But I'd say the bigger factor was turnout. A lot of peckerwood populists didn't vote in 2012 and normally don't vote at all, but came out specifically to vote for Trump.

      • dL

        Probably Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, maybe?

        On the ballot in 18 states and tallied ~100,000 votes?

        The piece implied there was a racist vote in 2012 that went elsewhere, and I have no idea where that elsewhere might be.

        In terms of 2016, the election results are best explained by the lower than expected turnout for Clinton. In part this was due to the voter id laws in key battleground states.