I have been answering the “why Trump” question from confused urban people for months. It’s quite simple, and you nailed it.
It’s not racism, it’s the sense that some of “our jobs” are now being worked by the illegal immigrants that the government wants to defend and grant amnesty to.
It’s not racism, it’s the sense that refugees will take even more of those jobs.
It’s not blind patriotism, it’s the reality that when good jobs move overseas, corporations make more money, stock prices go up, tax revenues go up, politicians take credit, and nobody notices the fact that working class America (the 70% of us who don’t have a four year degree) is the victim of the process.
It’s not anti-ANYTHING, it’s the common sense that if the government is bragging about being at “full employment”, AND GDP is historically slow and falling, then those jobs that got us to “full employment” aren’t very productive, and therefore don’t pay very much.
Put yourself in those people’s shoes. How does it sound to them when only politician in FIFTY YEARS looks them in the eye and says “I get it.”?
How does it sound to people who have pride, and who want to work, when one of the two political parties think the SOLUTION to their problem is “more welfare”?
How does it sound to people who want to work, to be told that they need to retrain for a more technological society? (They remember their SAT scores. They know what they can and can’t do.)
It looks like Clinton will win. She’ll act in the best interests of the corporations (more immigration and more trade agreements) and offer the carrot of welfare to the working class.
And then we’ll all wonder why we’re in the same economic situation in 2020, with another candidate, better than Trump, but pointing out the same economic issues.
Assuming the pitchforks don’t come out first.