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I’m Beginning to Think That Racism May Have Been Important to Donald Trump’s Appeal

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Moreno was sitting at a table with his boss, Rocky Payton, the factory’s general manager, and Amy Saum, the human resources manager. All said they had voted for Trump, and all were bewildered that he wanted to cut funds that channel people into good manufacturing jobs.

“There’s a lot of wasteful spending, so cut other places,” Moreno said.

Payton suggested that if the government wants to cut budgets, it should target “Obama phones” provided to low-income Americans. (In fact, the program predates President Barack Obama and is financed by telecom companies rather than by taxpayers.)

And the feds should cut out the programs that provide free Cadillacs and T-Bone steaks to young bucks, too!

It’s a nice-sounding story to claim that the Democrats stayed in power during the New Deal because they had clearer slogans or because the programs were simpler. But in fact they stayed in power in large measure because they didn’t threaten white supremacy. The Great Society coalition has always been a much dicier proposition, and anyone who suggests easy answers is fooling themselves and/or you.

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