I’m watching the Trump rally protests:
It looks like the protests are racially charged: people are angry about Trump’s comments about Mexicans, his phony crime statistics about blacks, and so on. Minority groups want to push back. Thing is, so many angry people showed up that it became practically a riot- there was some isolated violence between protesters and Trump supporters, but it mostly appears to be peaceful, if passionate. Trump got shut down this time.
What is going on? I think it is that Trump is taking a not-too-subtle stand for white people. This is a real sore spot in American society, obviously there are a lot of skeletons in the national closet here. And Trump is going about it in an incendiary way that brings those skeletons out into the light. OTOH, white people do have some genuine grievances.
We can know this. Parts of the country have managed to more-or-less segregate as white areas- places in the Rust Belt, the Midwest, you know what I mean. And some of these places have seen genuine economic contraction as their job base shrinks, and often because of the kinds of reasons Trump espouses: trade deals move their jobs overseas, guest worker visa programs give jobs to imported foreign labor.
So even though there is a white-people-vs.-foreigners dynamic, the motive isn’t necessarily animus specifically against outsiders’ backgrounds or skin color. I think it can be (at least in some/most of the cases, i.e. only 16% of Trump supporters report believing that Whites are a superior race ) motivated by economic concerns. Some white people feel like they are being left behind, and that their concerns are not being listened to because ‘white people’ is supposed to be the establishment and therefore many people are slow to believe this demographic could suffer these problems. And maybe they do.
But try telling that to young blacks or Latinos- there is a long history of these groups suffering these problems. Is this the start of the revolution Sanders is calling for? I don’t know. I think it is the start of something. One thing I think it means is this: going forward, “white people” are going to become more accepted as a demographic group in the national discourse going forward, like Latinos, or black people, or Muslims.
That, and the GOP of the future is going to be reeling from the hit they are about to take.