The Old White Guard
by Jordan Rock
There’s a common stereotype of Trump supporters.
They’re older, low income and low education white people, or loud young white people with guns. While those two groups are definitely part of the fanatical base, there is a larger group that is significantly quieter but no-less instrumental to Trumps social influence.
That being white folks of high income but low education.
You know, blue collar workers and middle managers who have high paying jobs that do not require a college degree.
This is the so-called “silent majority” of America. You probably won’t see them giving nazi-salutes at a Trump rally. They don’t go out to intimidate early voters. But they will vote from Trump nonetheless.
Let’s talk about them.
At this point, I’d say that most people in this group would call themselves moderate. They come from a position that “tolerance” means “you keep to yourself, away from me, and everything will be fine”. An attitude of “I’ve got mine, and if you can’t get yours, that’s your problem.” You’ve probably met a few of these in your time.
In the last decade, these folks have flocked to the Republican party. An independent study conducted by the New York Times found that “in the last national election, 88 percent of Republican voters were white. The proportion with a college degree fell significantly compared to 2010.” And that “in less than a decade, from 2010 to 2018, whites without a college degree grew from 50 to 59 percent of all the Republican Party’s voters. And whites with college degrees fell from 40 to 29 percent of the party’s voters.
The biggest shift took place from 2016 to 2018, when Trump became the dominant figure in American politics. As the information age has marched on, the woes of these particular Americans have largely come from the increasingly diverse and demanding workforce. Some found their jobs taken by their boss and handed to more educated workers. Others found their non-technical skillsets becoming obsolete in an increasingly electronic world.
It’s always been a common piece of discourse in the analysis of Trump’s supporters that these woes are the result of “other” people.
Your job wasn’t taken from you and given to an intern that will work for less or nothing; American jobs are being snatched up by immigrant labor! Your tax dollars aren’t being used to improve your neighborhood, they’re being placed in the hands of (black) welfare scammers! The kind of rhetoric that Fox News puts out every night.
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The foundational racism of white America.The trouble is, those bold declarations have fallen out of favor. America’s demographics have gotten more varied and less homogenized over time.
Crack theories like The Great Replacement that you see floating around the dingier, stickier corners of the internet are directly rooted in these sentiments. But it is easy to dismiss the ramblings of racist internet screamlords.
It is far more difficult to dismiss the racist ramblings of the President of the United States. President Trump built his platform on racist sentiments. He targets immigrants and any “others” in America as the source of the country’s woes. Donald Trump’s rhetoric became a clarion call to that under-educated and decently paid but job insecure sector of American voters.
It justified the spreading resentment in white Americans over the melting-pot that America has become. The information economy continues to grow. g. The blue-collar white worker once believed himself master of his own destiny. Now his status at the top of the social food chain is challenged. High tech non white workers replaced him.
In the free-market of ideas, a white voice has the same weight of any other voice. But when people who are used to a head start are put on an equal playing field, they perceive it as unfair. And then Trump comes along and says what they have been thinking; that the world is wrong for changing and moving forward. And that he’ll bring (White) America back to its glory days but righting the (social reform and multi-cultural consciousness) wrongs of the modern era.
In this election, Donald Trump is leveraging this demographic of mostly middle-aged, middle class middle American to stay in the President’s seat. Even after the calamities that Donald Trump has brought on the economy, medical care, the housing market, the immigrant population, and indeed the health of America in the wake of a deadly virus, the old guard middle-class whites of America rally behind him.
What choice do they have?
They can’t stop the clock or turn back time, so they desperately cling to a cancerous dinosaur that shares their antiquated world view.
At the end of the day, while this is Trump’s base. these remnants of the old American middle-class are no longer the majority in America. A the torrent of votes coming from Americans with a new narrative thoroughly outnumber them. An analysis of Trump’s supporters means enough is enough.
The fact of the matter is, if we all get out there and vote, there will be no denying that America’s will is to get Trump out of office and face the music for the horrors he has inflicted on us in the last four years.
So, come November 3rd, make sure you get out there and vote.
Our future depends on it.