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Why people like Trump

Lots of different explanations have been forthcoming regarding the unexpected rise of Donald Trump.  Among the explanations I have seen include: his supporters despise Hillary and see him as having the best chance of defeating her; his supporters tend to be authoritarian personalities who are comfortable with his propensity to reduce everything to black-and-white terms; Trump is a marketing genius that has the ability to sell ice in the winter; the field of Republican candidates was just to big; the field of candidates was poor and none of the other candidates emerged as a strong forceful leader able to solve our nation's most pressing domestic and foreign problems.

I'm not sure that any of these reasons fully explain the Trump phenomena.  Recently I heard a reporter interview a Trump supporter and asked her why she was supporting Mr. Trump.  Her answer was short and sweet: "I like that he is not politically correct."  I got to thinking what that really means.

Does that mean that she likes the fact that Trump is unfiltered and what spew out of his mouth is often times is unpredictable, outlandish and frequently racist and derogatory?  Does she really like that he says that he "can stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lost a vote."  I don't think so.  I think what she is saying is that he likes his forthrightness, regardless what he says specifically, and that she is feed up with what she sees as too much political correctness with regard to how our politicians treat racial, cultural and other identity groups.  More specifically, I believe the core of Trump's supporters are deeply frustrated white-working class males who are sick and tired of getting the short-end of the stick while they perceive other groups getting favorable treated.   

In a May 12 cover story in the New York magazine, political commentator Andrew Sullivan wrote this about the frustration of the working-poor, who have seen their future decimated: "The jobs available to working class no longer contain the kind of craftsmanship or satisfaction or meaning that can take the sting out of their low and stagnant wages. The once-familiar avenues for socialization.... Global economic forces have pummeled blue-collar workers more relentlessly than almost any other segment of society, forcing them to compete against hundreds of millions of equally skilled workers throughout the planet. No one asked them in the 1990s if this was the future they wanted. And the impact has been more brutal than many economists predicted. No wonder suicide and mortality rates among the white working poor are spiking dramatically."

Sullivan goes on to write that:  "This is an age in which a woman might succeed a black man as president, but also one in which a member of the white working class has declining options to make a decent living. This is a time when gay people can be married in 50 states, even as working-class families are hanging by a thread. It's a period in which we have become far more aware of the historic injustices that still haunt African-Americans and yet we treat the desperate plight of today's white working ­class as an afterthought. And so late-stage capitalism is creating a righteous, revolutionary anger that late-stage democracy has precious little ability to moderate or constrain — and has actually helped exacerbate."

The Black Lives Matter Movement advocates on behalf of blacks, various women's group's press for pay equity and access to all jobs and the rich have their lobbyists, while white working class men have no allies and the power of blue-collar unions continues to decline. 

Trump trumpets that he will restore their jobs by declaring war against undocumented Mexicans and the Chinese, who by manipulating their currency, are unfairly winning the trade wars and stealing our jobs (as he continues to oppose increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour).

As Sullivan writes, "The racial aspect of this is ... unmistakable. When the enemy within is Mexican or Muslim, and your ranks are extremely white, you set up a rubric for a racial conflict. And what's truly terrifying about Trump is that he does not seem to shrink from such a prospect; he relishes it." 

I'm terrified by the possibility of an external enemy exploiting the racial divide, which has been exploited by Trump's recent indefensible racist comments concerning the objectivity of Hispanic-American judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, by inciting an incident or initiating a terror attack.  Likewise, I'm beside myself about the possibility of xenophobic huckster being elected president, which for me, would be the most catastrophic self-inflicted negative event in my lifetime.

Hillary Clinton is by no means a perfect candidate.  She has many weaknesses that have been exposed by Bernie Sanders.  However, I will be doing everything in my power to elect her and I'm very thankful that America's demographics are in her favor.  The majority of voters are woman and an increasing number of new voters are Latinos.  These groups along with Muslims need to come out in record numbers to save our nation from a phony working man's prophet.