A closer look at Trump supprters have shown they were motivated by racial insecurity, not economic security.
“I voted for him because I thought the blacks were getting on too much,” said Kevin Forester of Chattanooga, Tennessee. “I mean they’re everywhere. There was one in the White House, you see them all over ESPN. And you can’t move to a neighborhood to escape them,” he said.
Curtis Jennings of Little Rock, Arkansas said he voted for the president because he thought minorities had “too many rights” and “would outpace white men.”
“There used to be a time when white men were guaranteed good jobs,” said Jennings. “Now you have to compete with blacks, Mexicans and women. And the women have the nerve to get mad when we say they have nice tits? Look at what happened to poor Bill O’Reilly?”
Since the election win Trump has pursued several anti-immigration policies, such as stepping up deportations of undocumented immigrants who have committed minor crimes.
An Atlantic article also pointed out that Trump supporters were concerned about America’s changing demographics. Emma Green cited facts from a Public Religion Research Institute survey.
“Nearly two-thirds of the white working class say American culture has gotten worse since the 1950s. Sixty-eight percent say the U.S. is in danger of losing its identity, and 62 percent say America’s growing number of immigrants threaten the country’s culture. More than half say discrimination against whites has become just as problematic as discrimination against minorities,” said Green.