I always read the articles attempting to explain Trump’s appeal to his adoring base, because I simply don’t get it. Finally, I saw a quote in the London Guardian that makes perfect sense. A woman decked out from head to toe in red, white and blue Trump gear offered this: “He says what I’m thinking”.
If his base really does hover around 42%, presumably we have that many voters for whom white nationalism is a strong appeal, laced with strong bits of fantasy, vulgarity, mockery, and snide anti-black and anti-Semitic dog whistles.
Senator Patty Murray says we’re better than that as a country, but it’s going to take a long hard lift over many years to make “better” once again feel normal.