Van Jones and other mainstream media figures are attributing the Trump victory to a “white lash,” a supposed race-based reaction on the part of white males to eight years of an Obama presidency.
This makes no sense. Voters elected Obama twice. Many of those same voters went for Trump this time around, and it is not difficult to understand why.
Voters in key “battleground” states like Ohio and Pennsylvania correctly perceived that their economic fortunes have declined significantly under Obama’s phony “economic recovery.” Real wages have fallen, and there have been massive plant closures throughout the Rust Belt and other former industrial centers. The “recovery” has been solely for the fortunes of the already wealthy, who have reveled in one record-breaking stock market high after another since 2009 even as the real economy continues to languish in stagnation.
The economically insecure, who are most of the population, have also been wising up to the actual nature of Obamacare, which was essentially a scheme for getting working people to pay for rising healthcare costs and bring a profit bonanza to the insurance companies and other financial players. Voters aren’t stupid. They’ve seen their networks narrow and their premiums increase, including the 25-percent average increase announced just prior to the election. This increase was calculated solely with the profit interests of the health insurance companies in mind.
Add to this the ongoing, unpopular wars in the Middle East, continued and expanded by Nobel Prize winner Obama, and which the “left” candidate Clinton promised to expand even further, likely including war with Russia.
Such was the perception of voters this time around. Objectively speaking, the position of workers has deteriorated under Obama, and the public-relations spin by Clinton could not lull them this time around.
Trump, the reality TV star, made successful demagogic appeals to working people's justified anger. Clinton, on the other hand, ignored the concerns of working people and centered her campaign on identity politics and on absurdly painting Trump as some sort of secret Russian agent.
When the jobs don’t come back, and the rest of the empty promises don't come true, people will realize who and what Trump really is. But for now this is a time for anyone who cares about the common good to get beyond the Democratic Party and the narcissism of identity politics to start a mass movement directed toward the good of all people, not just corporations and liberal elites.