For those in the Party of Trump, the Republicans — not the president — are to blame

… Granville County has long been a Democratic stronghold, but it was one of six rural counties in North Carolina that flipped from voting twice for Barack Obama to voting for Trump last year. Local Democrats blame the flip on low turnout, especially among African Americans who make up a […] Read more »

Trump’s Hardline Immigration Stance Got Him To The White House

President Trump’s decision to end the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (better known as DACA) seems like a political loser. Polling shows that most Americans support the program, which protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation, and don’t want participants […] Read more »

‘Trumpism’ and Fear of ‘Others’ Revealed as National Patterns in Baylor Religion Survey

“Trumpism” — a new form of nationalism that merges pro-Christian rhetoric with anti-Islam, anti-feminist, anti-globalist and anti-government attitudes — and a fear of “others” emerged as prominent patterns among Americans in the latest findings of the Baylor Religion Survey. … The research is Wave 5 of the Baylor Religion Survey, […] Read more »

Bannon’s comments on immigrants line up with the views of many white Catholics

… Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon thinks the Catholic Church’s leadership is on the wrong side of the immigration battle. They have been “unable to really, to come to grips with the problems in the church. They need illegal aliens. They need illegal aliens to fill the […] Read more »

The immigrant hordes are already here! Or not.

Hide your wife, hide your husband, hide your child! The immigrant hordes are already here! Or so lots of Americans believe — making it easier for politicians and fringe “alt-right” white-supremacist groups to seize on these fears and exploit them for political gain. The share of people in the United […] Read more »

Democrats Have Their Own Challenges In Talking About Racial Issues In The Trump Era

… What if Trump’s victory — carrying more than 200 counties where former President Barack Obama had won in 2008 and 2012 — was not primarily driven by his populist economic appeals, but by his rhetoric and policies around race and identity issues instead? Trump’s denunciations of Black Lives Matter, […] Read more »

Charlottesville And The Rise Of White Identity Politics

There is nothing new about white supremacist groups in the U.S., or anti-Semitism, or people who defend the symbols of the Confederacy. (The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.) From Richard Nixon’s “law and […] Read more »

The Policies of White Resentment

White resentment put Donald Trump in the White House. And there is every indication that it will keep him there, especially as he continues to transform that seething, irrational fear about an increasingly diverse America into policies that feed his supporters’ worst racial anxieties. … The guiding principle in Mr. […] Read more »

Aversion to difference

Last week, I examined two of the three strands of conservative thinking — aversion to government and aversion to change — which Donald Trump melded together in his successful effort to capture the White House. Here I’ll focus on the third — aversion to difference — which mostly lay dormant […] Read more »