OK I’ll bite: what are YOUR ideas for how to win back the 190,000 people in your state who voted for Trump? I’m a white 61 y-o progressive woman who’d LOVE to know. My own brother has gone off the deep end for Trump!
And NO, my brother is NOT economically displaced. He’s 60 y-o got a solid job with the U.S. GOVERNMENT making $73,000+ a year. Just PAID OFF HIS HOUSE. Has only ONE child.
Yet. in the last couple of months when he’s called me, he doesn’t even say hello–just starts RAVING about the “illegals at the southern border”. (He lives in TX–our home state tho I now live in MN). He’s a former Marine(well, no Marine is ever “former”) & NEVER WENT TO WAR. He’s never been a crime victim either.
I’m low-income, disabled, have been a victim of violent crime, live in public housing (w/refugees from Africa no less). I’ve got PLENTY of “reasons” I could be all racist pro-Trump–but, I’m NOT. Obviously, whatever is gong on with at least SOME Trump supporters has damn little to do with ECONOMICS (tho I sure think for SOME people that’s exactly what it is–DISPLACING their anger from the 1% to vulnerable SCAPEGOATED groups.
So. help us out & EXPLAIN how do you reach Trump supporters? I recommend everyone read recent article by Salon/AlterNet writer CHAUNCEY DEVEGAS on how TRUMP has CREATED A CULT around himself. It makes the most sense as to what blocks getting through to people.