Donald Trump’s Sexist, Racist Appeal
More than 40% of Republicans have favored Donald Trump for President at some point.
Some despite his sexism and racism. They’re just fed up with establishment politicians who are so busy serving wealthy interests (thanks $ in politics!) that they often ignore their middle-class and working-class voters. I get it!
But others appear to be drawn to his bigotry.
Why is that?
“The Donald” started out anti-black, joining the “birther” cry against the nation’s first black President. “Not born in America!”
Then he promised to build a wall to keep Mexicans out.
Now he’s vowing to keep Muslims out. (Which could backfire by alienating and radicalizing Muslims who are already here.)
We once put Japanese-Americans in internment camps, so we needn’t fret over civil liberties, he says. Thereby alienating Asian-Americans. And scaring most of the rest of us.
He’s got the neo-Nazi vote. And the KKK.
What’s the appeal of racism and sexism?
The last few years have seen a restructuring of the global economy that is squeezing the middle-class.
As we redistribute wealth from the middle-class to the rich via outsourcing, offshoring, union-busting, a low minimum wage, and technology replacing workers… and tax the wealthy at lower rates than middle-class Americans (tax shelters, or 15% capital gains at one point)…for instance, almost all of the economic gains of the past few decades have gone to the top 1%.
People are scared.
The ground feels unstable.
Many are backing candidates who say they will stop, or at least limit, that redistribution upwards — whether without the bigotry (Sanders/Clinton) or despite the bias (Trump).
Others are actually drawn to Donald’s racism and sexism. They seem to be desperately trying to hold onto the solid ground of the past — complete with all its “isms.”
Plus, some of the powers that be — who benefit from wealth redistributing upwards — fund think tanks that create racist, sexist messages to distract people from the real source of their problems. And which divide them — keeping people of all colors and genders from uniting around their economic interests.
As an added bonus, when you are feeling down you can at least look even further down on those who have historically sat beneath you: women, Muslims, Mexicans, blacks…
…Instead of joining together to demand a part of the profits that we help to create. And thereby strengthening the middle-class.
Posted on February 26, 2016, in feminism, politics/class inequality, psychology, race/ethnicity, sexism, women and tagged Donald Trump, feminism, income inequality, psychology, racism, sexism. Bookmark the permalink. 62 Comments.