Donald J. Trump The Only Hope For Lower Middle Class Whites

There are two factors that drive politics for American voters, especially lower middle class White voters — “it’s the economy stupid” and social status. Democratic ideals come in a distant third.

In their heart of hearts, most lower middle class Whites understand that Donald Trump is probably a con man, but they are hoping against all odds that at least he is “their” con man. This false hope is Trump’s whole political game.

The way it is set up is that while the average White Joe may resent the rich and powerful who, from a position above, exploits them, it is really the fear of the vast horde of minorities below them rising up and overtaking them both economically and status-wise that terrifies them. After all they might aspire to join the rich and powerful but they sure as hell have no desire to fall into the pit of stateless poverty.

Therefore Trump hones a message to lower middle class Whites that says he will make them economically and socially whole again while at once holding at bay those masses of “others” below them. It would appear that there is nothing other Republicans or Democrats can do against this Trump message short of jointing the Klan and shouting White power.

It may come down to a battle royal between changing demographics and the old power structure taken over by the Donald. Exactly how all this is going to play out at this juncture is anybody’s guess. It may very well turn out that the nation has never seen such peril since the outbreak of civil war in the spring of 1861; some of the forces at play are eerily the same.

Or the danger may simply vanish in a Clinton landslide. To Trump or not to Trump that is the question.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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