This is going to be a very unpopular argument to make, but here I go.
I question the narrative that race and gender were the prime motivator factors for the majority of people who voted for Trump. I also question the consensus that it was non-educated white voters who voted for Trump in droves. I think everyone needs to step back and examine the truth behind this backlash in voting. I’m willing to bet you that the vast majority who voted for Trump are not racists or sexists. The ones that the media put on the spotlight are Trump’s base who were with him the moment he began to spout rhetoric about immigrants and such. Those people don’t represent every single voter who voted for Trump. I refuse to believe they even make up a half of the voters. No, this is about hopelessness in livelihoods and is not about discrimination.
We have to look at America’s history in the last 50 years or so to understand how Trump’s rise to the presidency happened. As a nation, we are obsessed with money, with making money and greed in having more once we have enough to live comfortably. I’m not saying that capitalism is inherently bad because it is because of capitalism that we are all fortunate enough to being able to access computers and the internet, to give a few examples; however, America has reached a point where they have placed all their betting chips on capitalism to solve all of their problems. We are seeing the effects of what happens when we do that.
Hardly anyone is able to reach the “American Dream”. Manufacturing jobs have largely been sent overseas and what we are left with are minimum wage service and retail jobs. Cost of living is way too high to afford an apartment and food. It would be one thing to being able to survive with the minimum wage jobs that we have, but we can’t even do that. Now, obviously Trump isn’t the solution to these legitimate complaints, but what it does tell us is that these voters have lost complete faith in the current system and the career politicians who work within it.