Why him, why them, why now?

You might be wondering just which people support Donald Trump. And why. Polling figures illustrate the first part of an answer.

The first two — perhaps the strongest — factors in describing Trump supporters:

  • They didn’t go to college.
  • They don’t think they have a political voice.

The next two, and somewhat touchier factors:

  • They want to wage an interior war against outsiders.
  • They live in parts of the country with racial resentment.

Why those folks? You can check out technical and political and economic and sociological and so on details at The Atlantic.

These are not definitive or conclusive. Yet. But in my mind, there’s what I’ll call a narrative thread running through them. I’ll get around to trying to describe it some other time, but right now look at what seems to me a damn near perfect summary of the problems in a story from this afternoon’s news. A story from the coal mining region of West Virginia — about as close as you can come to a good example of Trump territory.

Former Coal Executive Don Blankenship Sentenced To 1 year In Prison

Four months after former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found guilty for his role in a 2010 mining disaster that killed 29 miners, he has been sentenced to the maximum one year in prison and another year of supervised release.

Just to show how sorry he was, Blankenship, addressing the reactions of victims’ family members, said, “I feel badly for them. It’s a lot of emotion and that’s understandable.”

Is that a man who understands how the families of 29 dead men feel about his connivance in their death? Maybe when he gets out — in one year — he can spend the next year of “supervised release” in a university someplace, learning to be a social worker.

Now then, is it at all surprising that people in that place, in that situation, might go for the kind of claims and accusations and boasts we hear from Trump?



One thought on “Why him, why them, why now?

  1. The way you structure your argument, SOG, sets off concentric circles of “what?” “where are we?” “where’s the exit..?” Your point is brilliant because it shows that people have nowhere to turn, no one to tell and even the old standby of going over to the other side doesn’t work because they see you coming. There’s no refuge when you friends cease to welcome you but merely await your arrival. Has politics become one halfway house over another?

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