Trump Supporters Experiencing Anger and 'Cultural Anxiety' Over Racist Label

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

"...fear of being accused of backing a white supremacist caused many Trump fans to remain silent about their support"

Washington Post - August 12, 2019

... on the second anniversary of the Charlottesville violence that led the president to call neo-Nazis “very good people,” and as the president’s overall approval ratings remain relatively low, many of those who brought him to the dance appear to be dancing more closely than ever. And they are blaming their critics for their faithfulness to a man whom writer Ta-Nehisi Coates called “America’s first white president.”

After Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) tweeted the names of maximum Trump donors in his district — which are all public record, by the way — accusing them of “fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as invaders,” the backlash from Trump-supporting Republicans was severe.

Erick Erickson, a conservative Christian radio host, wrote:

“Come at me, jackass. I just donated more to Donald Trump and did so in your honor.”

After news broke that billionaire Stephen Ross was hosting a fundraiser for the president, members of Equinox and Soul Cycle, fitness centers that Ross partly owns, began canceling their memberships, accusing the Miami Dolphins owner of supporting a racist agenda. According to the Republican National Committee chairwoman, their protests motivated donors.

“Thanks to the unhinged mob on the left, President Trump raised $12M today, $2M more than originally expected,” she tweeted.

And when MSNBC’s Vaughn Hillyard asked Iowa resident Bob Fisher whom he was supporting, the Republican voter intimated that his support for Trump was due to criticism from those on the left:

“Guess: I'm white, old, they call me all kinds of names,” he replied. “Who do you think I would vote for?”

“Everybody knows,” Fisher added. “We're the bad people."

Many Trump supporters express indignation at being labeled racist, but the worldview they admittedly embrace demonstrates a hostility to diversity.

In a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, a D.C.-based nonpartisan research organization, more than 60 percent of Republicans said the shift of the United States to being a majority nonwhite country would be a mostly negative development.

Six in 10 Republicans also said that they felt like strangers in their own country, and nearly 6 in 10 white evangelical Protestants — one of the most pro-Trump demographic groups in the country — said immigrants are a threat to American society. ...
Read full article at Washington Post

Comments