Saturday 25 March 2017

Trump's vote is a visceral repudiation of Obama's smug America

Democrats made everyone feel oppressed - and no group more so than white, uneducated, working-class voters

In, in, in: A Trump supporter celebrates after his victory Photo: Bill Wechter/Getty
In, in, in: A Trump supporter celebrates after his victory Photo: Bill Wechter/Getty

Joe Corcoran

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, many people viewed it as the culmination of a movement towards racial equality that had begun in the 1960s.

Eight years on, it is apparent that Obama's election also represented the high water mark of another socio-political movement, one where the parameters are more difficult to define but where the implications were further reaching.

I am writing of how the left won the US culture war and began, through its abuse of said victory towards progressive ends, to erode the political centre and polarise the nation to such an extent that its decent working-class base was willing to elect a reality TV star who picked up politics as a hobby a year ago.

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