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Who are the Trump supporters? They aren’t all (or even mostly all) bigots or racists. They’re not fascists. They’re not brainless dupes of a demagogue.
George Saunders of the New Yorker does a good job (below) clarifying that most Trump supporters share what he calls a “usurpation anxiety syndrome” — a feeling that one is, or is about to be, scooped, overrun, or taken advantage of. Trump supporters feel America has been taken away from them by Obama, the Clintons, the “lames...tream” media, the “élites,” the business-as-usual politicians. They have a case of Grievance Mind -- and Trump is their head kvetcher. They’re less influenced by Goldwater and Reagan than by Fox News and reality TV.
Intellectually and emotionally weakened by years of steadily degraded public discourse, Americans are now two separate ideological countries, speaking different languages, the lines between us down.
What do you think?
Who Are All These Trump Supporters?
At the candidate’s rallies, a new understanding of America emerges.
newyorker.com|By George Saunders