In short, our analysis indicates that Donald Trump successfully leveraged existing resentment towards African Americans in combination with emerging fears of increased racial diversity in America to reshape the presidential electorate, strongly attracting nativists towards Trump and pushing some more affluent and highly educated people with more cosmopolitan views to support Hillary Clinton. Racial identity and attitudes have further displaced class as the central battleground of American politics.
While race and racial attitudes have been and continue to play an important role in support for Republican presidential candidates, fears about growing racial diversity appear to be uniquely important to support for Trump compared to previous Republican candidates. Although our analysis does not speak to whether these attitudes were primed by Trump’s campaign, or whether he capitalized on emergent attitudes and rode them to victory, it seems clear that they will play a key role in the future of the Republican Party.
Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump
The 2016 election was really a battle about having an open society.
Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel, The Nation
To our sisters and brothers, what’s sadder
than seeing America splatter
with racial detritus
designed to divide us
by blocking the rungs of the ladder.
Mary Boren, 5/19/17
“Officials in North Korea today warned that President Donald Trump’s ‘troublemaking’ and ‘aggressive’ tweets have led to the ‘extremely tense’ situation on the Korean Peninsula.”
Fears of war as North Korea to test nuclear weapons despite Trump warning
Though there’s always been plenty to fear,
Forty-five has it upped to high gear.
Will his war machinations
make him known as our nation’s
first commander and chief profiteer?
© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode
“Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited “a mess” at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess.
Stung by the unrelenting criticism coming his way, Trump dismisses much of it as ‘fake news’ delivered by ‘the enemy of the people’ — aka the press. Daily denunciations of the media are just one of the new White House fixtures Americans are adjusting to.”
– The Associated Press
A Month of the 45th Presidency: Tweets and Turmoil for Trump
In a month that is feeling like years
forty-five is still fueling our fears;
it’s the art of the deal
touting fake news as real
while his advocates cover their rears.
© Susan E. Eckenrode, 2017
“We have a word for people who are dominated by fear. We call them cowards. Trump was not a coward in the business or campaign worlds. He could take on enormous debt and had the audacity to appear at televised national debates with no clue what he was talking about. But as president his is a policy of cowardice. On every front, he wants to shrink the country into a shell.” – David Brooks
If fear and hate torpedo love,
this ship is going down
and everybody still on board
will very likely drown.
Then while we slowly sink, we’ll hear
the captain and his crew,
absconding with the life boats shout,
“The Donald takes his due!”
© Susan Elizabeth, 2017