Trump’s popularity is really all about racial anxiety after all static electricity images

Finally a recent study has answered the question of whether most Trump supporters were motivated by economic anxiety and concerns about their future prosperity or racial animus in the midst of an America that is growing increasingly ethic, brown and losing it’s global dominance.

A study conducted by University of Pennsylvania political scientist Diana C. Mutzhas found that white voters who participated in the 2016 presidential election were more concerned with the growing power of minorities in the U.S. and not “economic anxiety” as the media reported after the election.

According to a press release from university, the finding concluded that, “Traditionally high-status Americans, namely whites, feel their status in America and the world is threatened by America’s growing racial diversity and a perceived loss of U.S. global dominance . Under threat by these engines of change, America’s socially dominant groups increased their support in 2016 for the candidate who most emphasized reestablishing status hierarchies of the past.”

The New York Times summarizes the report, suggesting that Trump voters weren’t reacting to economic conditions or anger at the Obama administration so much as fears of losing influence in country that has been politically and culturally dominated by white Christians.

Based on survey data from a nationally representative group of about 1,200 voters polled in 2012 and 2016, Mutz set out to answer whether there was evidence to support the economic anxiety argument pushed by media analysts, or did the fear of becoming less powerful influence their votes.

Dominance. Influence. Power. Supremacy. Losing these elements is what motivated those voters to ignore the obvious incompetence and mendacity of Trump. They weren’t repulsed by his fact-mangling and delusional thinking, they were attracted by it because it’s a pattern they recognized in themselves. We were constantly told that Trump was the champion of “the forgotten man”, the people who weren’t on the receiving end of social justice, who were left behind by diversity efforts and affirmative actions. They were ignored. They were white or in some cases, white envious while brown.

She added, "And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."

Supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are more likely to describe African Americans as "criminal," "unintelligent," "lazy" and "violent" than voters who backed some Republican rivals in the primaries or who support Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

Ahead of the Nov. 8 election to replace Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, the poll also showed significant numbers of Americans in both the Republican and Democratic parties view blacks more negatively than whites, harbor anxiety about living in diverse neighborhoods and are concerned that affirmative action policies discriminate against whites.

Only 36 percent of Trump supporters agreed with the statement, “I prefer to live in a community with people who come from diverse cultures,” compared to 46 percent of Cruz supporters, 55 percent of Kasich supporters and 70 percent of Clinton supporters.

Of course she was right about that too. That point that this survey points out is that both baskets were a factor. It’s wasn’t an either/or situation, it was both Those who were concerned that they government and the economy had let them down, were offered a solution to that concern by Trump that was based in attack The Other. They were offered an answer that was based in blaming foreign nations for trade issues, blaming NAFTA, blaming TPP, blaming Mexicans, blaming Muslims, and blaming China.

Carpenter argued “what is so frustrating” is that people on the left “will do anything they can to lump any Republican, marry them to Trump.” Pointing to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), Carpenter complained “good people are just leaving.”

“You want them to stay and fight you will berate people like Paul Ryan because they didn’t fight hard enough,” she said. “… You say every Republican is a racist. That’s what it always gets back to. I take responsibility for what my party did to create Trump but when are liberals going to do that?”

But being accused of possibly being a bigot is nothing compared to being accused of possibly being a criminal or a terrorist, particularly when the next thing that happens is that you lose your job, your freedom and possibly your ability to keep breathing. I’ll take the whines of being misjudged by GOPers seriously when they take the legitimate complaints from minorities of being misjudged by police, banks and corporations and losing their livelihood or their home and or their life.

It’s because of their racial anxiety over black people who might happen to might shockingly try to vote, who might shockingly try to sit, or might try to kneel, might try to hold a cell phone, try to go to school to get an education, start a business and find a job or possibly be the President. Their racial anxiety over Muslims and Sharia Law which seems shockingly similar to Betsy Devos’ Handmaiden’s Tail of abstinence only non-education, their anxiety over ISIS surging over the boarder and hiding within the ranks of the unwashed — when they usually get here by plane — how Iran who already gave up all of their enriched uranium is just going lay in wait for a decade and somehow regenerate that stockpile in secret when we have 24-hour surveillance of all their centrifuges, and their anxiety about how Mexicans and Central American kids and mothers trying to escape violent drug wars are really an invasion from “Shithole Countries” who are coming to take away our jobs picking fruit in the fields and landscaping.

I understand that some Republicans, and even others, would like to pretend that the core of Trump’s rise is really just about economic prosperity protectionism. The rust belt has been hollowed out with empty factories and shutdown coal mines. They argue that they support Trump’s economic message without regard to race or ethnicity and that these issues are separate and not linked.

But in fact, it’s not separate, it’s linked — and realizing that linkage is getting directly to the point. Economic anxiety and racial anxiety can be one and the same. Fear can come from many places, and if we can’t even discuss the sources of those fears, we’ll never be able to resolve the issue and solve those anxieties. If we can’t to route source of those anxieties and address them, they’ll simply continue on and on — and endless bottomless pit of fear and unease that will never be filled and never be eased.