Resources on Trump’s Voter Base
The Trump Collection Landing Pages:
- Trumping Democracy:
Trump’s Use of Right-Wing Populist Motifs
- Trumpism: Resources on Trump’s Voter Base
- Trump, Fascism, and Right-Wing Populism
- Early Posts
- Trump & the Weimar Dilemma
- Facing History and Ourselves
- The Great Debate
- Trumped Up: A Random Collection of Articles on Trump
White people who are (or fear they are, or fear they soon will be) downwardly mobile–so race and class issues–but cross-reference to the hetero-patriarchal “Free Market” Calvinists in the Christian Right — 15% of voters in Presidential elections. Intersecting with anti-Muslim/anti-Mexican xenophobes. A toxic brew.
January 1 ·2016
At least glance at the two maps that compare Trump support with racially charged internet searches. Pretty amazing correlation in my opinion. And the analysis…
In a survey, he also excels among low-turnout voters and among the less affluent and the less educated, so the question is: Will they show up to vote?
NYTIMES.COM|BY NATE COHN
A Berkeley professor tries to explain Trump to labor in Hartford https://t.co/u2piaE3Zc4 via @ctmirror
Unpacking Trumpism in the context of American history
https://t.co/x2XSQmtSFy via @HuffPostBlog
Who Are Donald Trump’s Supporters, Really?
Four theories to explain the front-runner’s rise to the top of the polls.
Derek Thompson, March 1, 2016, The Atlantic
Who Are Trump’s Supporters?
By David W. Brady & Douglas Rivers,September 09, 2015,
Real Clear Politics
The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats
by Neal Gabler, May 6, 2016, Moyers & Company
The numbers don’t lie. The notion that angry blue collar voters could sway the election just may not be true.
Pundits Will Pay No Price for Being Arrogantly Wrong About Trump
By Janine Jackson, May 6, 2016, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Why do Tea/Trumpists Feel Angry
Right-Wing Populism, Fascism, and the Case for Action
by Chip Berlet
Folks who support the Tea Party and other right-wing populist movements are responding to rhetoric that honors them as the bedrock of American society. These are primarily middle class and working class White people with a deep sense of patriotism who bought into the American dream of upward mobility.46 Now they feel betrayed. Trump and his Republican allies appeal to their emotions by naming scapegoats to blame for their sense of being displaced by “outsiders” and abandoned by their government.
Emotions matter in building social movements. The linkage of emotion and politics are at the heart of a forthcoming book by University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author Arlie Hochschild.
In it, Hochschild reports on many conversations with Tea Party members in the South, where the movement is strongest.47 Many she spoke with long doubted that Obama was American; even after the publication of his long-form birth certificate some still suspect that he is Muslim and harbors ill will toward America. Hochschild also observes that this set of beliefs was widely shared among people who otherwise seemed reasonable, friendly, and accepting. How she wondered, could we explain this?
Her premise is that all political belief:
is undergirded by emotion. Given the experiences we’ve undergone, we have deep feelings. These shape our “deep story.” And this is an allegorical, collectively shared, “honor-focused,” narrative storyline about what “feels true.” We take fact out of it, judgment out of it. A “deep story” says what happened to us from the point of view of how we feel about it.
The “deep story” of the Tea Party is that the American Dream has leveled off. Ninety percent of Americans between 1980 and 2012 received no rise in salary while dividends from a rising GDP rose dramatically for the top 10 percent.
DEEP STORIES, EMOTIONAL AGENDAS AND POLITICS
October 26, 2015, resources, an analysis, and abstract of the Hochschild talk, by Jonathan G. Haney.
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