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TRUMP'S VICTORY


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​Call me a pessimist but I knew Trump would win so I'm not shocked. I'm not really mad most of the time until people on the right gloat. I'm just disappointed. While some people who voted for Trump have legitimate concerns a lot of them are bigoted. Trump exploited reaction and prejudice as much as economic anxiety and antigovernment sentiment. He elevated rightwing populism to a new level better than any Republican politician in recent memory. However a liberal or progressive populism should not misunderstand Trump or his working class followers. The people who voted for Trump don't support raising the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour. They don't think everyone should have affordable healthcare. They don't care about how big corporations get as long as their jobs and communities are safe. Trump didn't win because of an economic populism against big money or big business. He argued for a revolt against " elites " who don't keep Americans safe from Latino immigrants, Muslim refugees, and free trade. A progressive populism won't win these people who would call Elizabeth Warren an elitist northeastern liberal and Bernie Sanders a Marxist radical. So don't get any high minded ideas about running them or anyone like them in 2020 to win over working class white men. More people voted for Hillary Clinton and that's where we must organize and build as a start.

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​As Democrats try to move forward everyone is talking about the working class. But I will give some pundits and commentators credit for saying the white working class because they are more honest. It's easy to dismiss minorities' concerns as identity politics and equate whiteness and white men with everything mainstream, American, and their concerns as the basis for " common ground. " We need to be the party of working people which challenges income inequality. But too many white people including Democratic Socialists, Liberals, and Progressive Populists fail to recognize that blacks, Hispanics, Single Women, Single mothers, and LGBT people are working people who bear the burdens of racism, sexism, and homophobia along with class. These people tend to work harder for less money than most of those disaffected white men ( and women) who voted for Trump. Minorities are more likely to be poor, unemployed, and under- employed than a white man or married white woman who went for Trump. Stressing equal rights and opportunities lets these people know they will be included that shared economic prosperity that Democrats will fight for. Furthermore we need to realize that higher income college educated white men went for Trump over Clinton as well so not all of them were in dire economic straits.

 

​We can be the party for working class people ( code for white men ) or we can be the party of working people with freedom and equality for all. Choosing the former is not the pathway to victory because those Trump voters only want an economy that works for them in a society where people like them are dominant.

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