In a few days, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United-States.
Political analysts are still struggling to understand why this man who campaigned in a way that would have disqualified anyone else is going to be the 45th president.
In order to preserve the ‘republic’, the same analysts resorted to explanations that they think would be more politically correct in a modern society: the economy, stupid.
Under Obama, the first African American president, the economy has closed out with a low 4.7% unemployment rate.
“In total, the economy has added 11.3 million jobs during Obama’s presidency. In December 2016, the final full month of Obama in office, the U.S. economy added a slightly disappointing 156,000 jobs. Yet, it marked the 75th consecutive month of job gains, the best on record. For all of 2016, the U.S. added over 2 million new jobs.” (CNN Money)
It is true that there are in America, pockets of people that do not feel the effects of the recovery, and that is the result of many factors: lack of education or technological skills; job robotization, personal health problems forcing them into early retirement or disability; plain laziness or lack of initiative.
“Those without higher skills and advanced training are out on the struggling end,” says Fred Goff, founder of Jobcase, a job-search site.
Consequently, people have become frustrated and believe that “others” are responsible for their demise. By “others” we mean immigrants, minorities, Muslims, etc. Therefore, the Trump voters perceive that “America is no longer great” because of nonwhites and Obama, who is also brown. This is a message that had been emphasized and reinforced by Trump at the outset, during his presidential campaign. Meanwhile, the majority has remained conspicuously silent.
Those “trumpists” use a defense mechanism, well known in psychology, in which their racist emotions, anger and frustrations are unconsciously shifted to a more acceptable substitute: the economy.
“It’s not just anger over jobs and immigration. White voters hope Trump will restore the racial hierarchy upended by Barack Obama.” (Jamelle Bouie)
In a well written article before the November 8 results, filled with historical and sociological references —How Trump Happened–, Jamell Bouie analyzed and predicted all of this.
“In a nation shaped and defined by a rigid racial hierarchy, [Obama’s] election was very much a radical event, in which a man from one of the nation’s lowest castes ascended to the summit of its political landscape. And he did so with heavy support from minorities: Asian Americans and Latinos were an important part of Obama’s coalition, and black Americans turned out at their highest numbers ever in 2008.” …”For millions of white Americans who weren’t attuned to growing diversity and cosmopolitanism, however, Obama was a shock, a figure who appeared out of nowhere to dominate the country’s political life. And with talk of an “emerging Democratic majority,” he presaged a time when their votes—which had elected George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan—would no longer matter. More than simply “change,” Obama’s election felt like an inversion. When coupled with the broad decline in incomes and living standards caused by the Great Recession, it seemed to signal the end of a hierarchy that had always placed white Americans at the top, delivering status even when it couldn’t give material benefits…”( Jamell Bouie)*
In American society, “Trumpism” is born in a fringe that believes more in term of ‘white hierarchy’ than equal opportunity for all. Until Trump, this perception was buried in some form that is not comparable though to the overt demonstration of hatred and arrogant “superiority” as expressed almost regularly by the KKK or other white supremacist groups. But this perception has been all the times present only to resurface with Trump as a “normal’ demonstration of economical fear.
The November 8 results have shown, however, that the majority of people wants to reject this notion of white “hierarchy” and it is only a fringe, we hope, that has given Trump his slim electoral college victory.
Joe Martin (contributor)
- Sentence underlined by Listen-up America