Sixty-eight percent of white working-class voters said the American way of life needs to be protected from foreign influence. And nearly half agreed with the statement, “things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country.”
Nearly two-thirds of the white working class say American culture has gotten worse since the 1950s. Sixty-eight percent say the U.S. is in danger of losing its identity, and 62 percent say America’s growing number of immigrants threaten the country’s culture. More than half say discrimination against whites has become just as problematic as discrimination against minorities.
Emma Green for The Atlantic: It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump
Yep, it’s hard out there for us white people. One time, there was a black guy and he was president.
But the real heart of anti-anti-Trumpism is the delight in the frustration and anger of his opponents. Mr. Trump’s base is unlikely to hold him either to promises or tangible achievements, because conservative politics is now less about ideas or accomplishments than it is about making the right enemies cry out in anguish.
In many ways anti-anti-Trumpism mirrors Donald Trump himself, because at its core there are no fixed values, no respect for constitutional government or ideas of personal character, only a free-floating nihilism cloaked in insult, mockery and bombast.
Charlie Sykes: If Liberals Hate Him, Then Trump Must Be Doing Something Right
A desire for transgression is all that’s left of the American right.
The white families sent their children to college with their home equities; they were able to take care of their parents in old age and not depend on their children. They’re able to bequeath wealth to their children. None of those advantages accrued to African-Americans, who for the most part were prohibited from buying homes in those suburbs.
NPR: A ‘Forgotten History&rsquo’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America
I remember Bill O’Reilly arguing with Jon Stewart about how African Americans just need to make better choices to get ahead in the world. He grew up in Levittown.
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Washington Post: Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House
Furthermore, “Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack”