The Real Reason White Americans Voted for Trump

Roughly a month ago, Atlantic senior editor Adam Serwer authored an articlethat MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell soon hailed as “mandatory reading.”  Titled ‘The Nationalist’s Delusion,” the piece challenges the popular narrative that Trump’s electoral triumph was propelled by the economic estrangement of white working- and middle-class voters.  Rejecting this account, Serwer holds pervasive and deep-seated, if implicit, animosity toward non-white minorities as the ultimate fillip of the Trump phenomenon.  To borrow from MSNBC’s Van Jones, the 2016 election outcome was, in Serwer’s telling, just one big case of “whitelash.”  Concerns over lax immigration policies, the flight of blue-collar jobs, Islamic terrorism (and obscurantism thereof), and an expressively stiflingculture of political correctness were all a pretext for the maintenance of white supremacy and racial inequality.

  • richard

    “One big case of whitelash…” The problem with this being?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Van Jones, we don’t care that you’re black.
      We just think you’re an asshole.

      • Slickfoot

        And a commie.

  • Liberal Progressive

    Why so many white people voted for Trump must be because all white people are inherently neo-Nazis unless they become woke to it and renounce their white privilege and inherent racism!

    • Watchman

      ‘Renoucing’ is fine, but the real goal is permanent Affirmative Action and endless compensation since according to the SJW/BLM/race baiters, whites are forever guilty and liable regardless of lack of any personal involvement in slavery.

  • Ed

    If global racial blending is so necessary, why don’t liberals move to black countries and do their part to even things up over there?

  • Art Deco

    Cue Mandy Rice-Davies.

    Screw ’em.

  • Jay Currie

    If only more American voters were white women with college degrees Hilly would have won in a walk. Which wouldn’t be “whitelash” because these were nice, front row” girls.

  • Malcolm Y

    It would be nice if this were so – that would mean white people were “woke” – to the fact that they are parasitised by everyone else on the planet.

  • CodexCoder

    And having suffered through 8 years of stupid didn’t help either.

    • Watchman

      Without this ‘8 years of stupid’ we might be under a dynasty of Clintons and the continual destruction of the American Republic. Trump was elected as the backlash to Obama’s lies, corruption, racism and weaponisation of government institutions.

  • Felix_Culpa

    Good article. Researcher found that according to other datasets with greater reliability, Clinton won handily amongst upper-income folks–thus proving again that most left-wingers are actually wealthy “champagne socialists.”

  • lgeubank

    According to lefties, everything’s about blacks, and there are only “six degrees of separation” between any action of whites and racism. With enough creative sophistries, any whitey-bashing pseudo-intellectual can find the connection.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Six degrees?
      Try one!

  • Hard Little Machine

    Being told to fuck off and die by the democrats
    Unrelenting class warfare

    Are the three reasons that come to mind.

  • Watchman

    “I’m black, and I’m proud to be black,” said the African-American.
    “I’m yellow, and I’m proud to be yellow,” said the Asian-American.
    “I’m white, and I’m proud to be white,” said the Racist.

  • Jay Harper

    This is called projection.