A year ago this week I drove through Ohio and Pennsylvania talking to people about the election. It wasn’t hard to see why many of them wanted Trump.
For fancy whites secure in their retirement assets and NPR tote bags, watching this family sink to new lows brings out their worst fears of losing the stability of wealth.
Charles Murray’s ‘Fishtown’ has some real grievances. It also has some real social problems. Populists don’t love talking about those, unless to blame elites.
In the next election the question is whether it will be easier for Trump to placate educated suburbanites or for Democrats to heal their estrangement from rural white voters.
If there was one mistake that stands out above all the others, it is the decision by the campaign to ignore the warnings of one Bill Clinton.
Jamelle Bouie is right about one thing: the racial social contract we’ve had is over. Whites aren’t content to let everyone but them get special treatment any more.
Turnout in rural and suburban areas across the Midwest propelled Trump to victory in states he wasn’t supposed to win. The key to his appeal was respect.
Pennsylvania wasn’t supposed to be a swing state, but decades of industrial decline and Trump’s promises of protectionism might put the state in play.
Joe Maddon, the biggest sports celebrity ever to come out of Hazleton, is building a legacy of tolerance and integration in his struggling hometown.
In northeast Ohio, where cities are shrinking and communities are struggling, many lifelong Democrats are ‘crossing over’ to vote for Donald Trump.
The white working class is in crisis. But renewal won’t come from political elites or government programs, it will come from communities and families.
Donald Trump’s fans like him for a lot of the same reasons that guys a generation ago liked comedian Andrew Dice Clay: they hate political correctness.
The white working class thinks Donald Trump can solve its economic problems. But their problems aren’t primarily economic, they’re cultural.
The white working class has serious problems, many of them self-inflicted. Donald Trump is reaching out to these people, and conservatives should do the same.
J.D. Vance’s memoir ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ offers a personal and informative look at the cultural and economic forces that are causing white America to come undone.
Who are Trump supporters in real life and what are the issues they actually care about?
Stun the snobs. Make them remember how noble in grace we can be even at our lowest and most betrayed.
The working class feels disrespected, but perhaps their anger also reflects their insecurities.
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