The unacknowledged—but vitally important—perspective that is necessary to understand why many non-racist white working class voters voted for Trump—and might do so again if Democrats don’t figure out how to respond.
A Democratic candidate running in a district with a significant number of white working class voters quickly learns that there are three major explanations for Trump’s popularity among these Americans.
- Racism and bigotry
- Anxiety and hostility over loss of status, role and position in a changing society
- Legitimate and justified anger regarding difficult economic circumstances
Each of these explanations has important implications for how a Democratic candidate should run his or her campaign…