Image of Donald Trump with supporters. From Time.com.
There is an ongoing debate about what made Trump a viable and victorious candidate in 2016 preventing democrats, liberals and progressives from responding effectively to their political wrecking. For example, Carol Anderson, professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage (2016), penned an essay on November 16, 2016 called “Donald Trump is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety,” summing up how white rage propelled Trump to the White House. A day later the notable progressive, Dr. Cornel West, asserted, “Trump’s election was enabled by the policies that overlooked the plight of our most vulnerable citizens,” in his opinion piece for the Guardian, “Goodbye, American Neoliberalism. A New Era is Here.”
What we see is a clash between two perspectives: one sees desperation for economic relief as the major reason why white voters’ chose Trump; the other observes contempt for racial equality and black progress as the predominant motive for Trump’s white voters.