Monday, August 07, 2017
"Why Trump Won": CNN, Zakaria
“Why Trump Won”, Fareed Zakaria’s documentary film (one hour) just aired tonight, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 on CNN (it had been originally scheduled for July 31), best link here.
Zakaria had predicted on Oct. 16, “let me be clear, Trump will lose.” And he was wrong.
But in hindsight it is easy to understand that white working class Americans who had been displaced by elitist shareholder capitalism, which was gradually moving toward the “elitist” Democratic Party with its new rainbow concept of diversity. The epicenter of the base was perhaps Trumbull County Ohio, SE of Cleveland, among the hardest hit by the plant closings. The job implosion led to a gradual decline in the social fabric rather parallel to the inner cities, but to a whiter population.
Yet Trump, by ignoring all the rules of the game, beat out 16 candidates in the Republican Party and survived gaffes, including a display of his heterosexual fantasies to Access Hollywood; his base voted only for their own immediate interest, not for the good of the “country” or especially the “world”. So we had America First. Even science was elitist. Projections about what could happen to future generations were elitist.