by Yvette Carnell
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that white economic and racial anxiety are behind Donald Trump’s meteoric rise to the top of the Republican heap of presidential candidates.
Trump supporters are mostly white working class people who have suffered economically over the last few decades. With Reagan’s “trickle down” economics, they were told that what was good for rich white people was good for them. That trope has been revealed as con, but are these white people placing blame where they should?
From The Washington Post:
Among many other topics, respondents were asked whether they were struggling economically — or whether they were comfortable and moving up. They were also asked whether they thought it was more of a problem that African Americans and Latinos are “losing out because of preferences for whites” or whether whites are “losing out because of preferences for blacks and Hispanics.” The survey asked this question in order to gauge the sentiment that racial and ethnic groups don’t just feel they are facing difficulties in general, but that those losses are being caused by other group’s gains.
The following chart summarizes results from Republicans and Republican-leaning independent registered voters. Trump had the support of 34 percent of Republican-leaning voters overall. But he did particularly well among people who said they are struggling economically, with 40 percent of their support, and even better – 43 percent –among people who said that whites are losing out.
So they’re struggling. That, we understand. This is the worrisome chart:
This is worrisome because whites are not “losing” to blacks. They are losing to trade deals and global economics. Poor blacks in this country are still economically worse off than poor whites. In fact, the black unemployment rate has remained consistently double that of whites, more blacks live in concentrated poverty, and the wealth disparity between blacks and whites is still enormous.
Regrettably, this is why America misses out on mounting any class-based revolt against the Owners. White populists seem to, after recognizing a problem within the economy, do the lazy thing and blame blacks, as opposed to laying blame where it should rightfully sit–with the capitalists who run the global economy.
If Trump really wants to be considered a straight-talker, he should finally tell his base the truth.