I can’t help but thinking of all the bright open-minded people who left their economically struggling and socially intolerant hometowns for places like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, or D.C.. They cast a useless vote for Hillary Clinton that gave her a useless popular vote win, while those left behind elected Donald Trump.
Trump was an angry scream of those left behind. They don’t read New York Times op-eds, but they know exactly what New York thinks of them. They were screaming because it was the only way to make New York listen.
It’s also older people who are branded as backwards and intolerant for not keeping up with the latest social fads. Views publicly held by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008 are considered “deplorable” today. Old people turned out in droves in Florida and made the difference for Trump.
There are plenty of ethnic minorities who identify more with the “left behind” than with those who are moving ahead. This is why Donald Trump improved on Romney’s performance among non-white voters, despite his rhetoric.
The liberal view of America works for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, D.C., and a few other cities. It doesn’t work for a lot of other places. That is why Trump won.