I wish others who — like myself — are concerned about Trump’s continued rise could practice self-reflection like this. Hand-waving away large sections of the electorate as stupid, ignorant or worse is not helping. Analysis like this is.
I’m definitely not the first to mention this point. But it is interesting how some of the same groups who were “blind-sided” by Brexit are now just as confused by Trump’s rise. The Economist had a great series on this idea.
We have large economic groups that feel “left out”. To them, the status quo isn’t working. So they don’t feel there is much to lose by bringing the old order down.
I personally don’t believe Trump is the answer. But neither is smug condescension towards people who lost out on globalization and are looking for change.