Magazine December 5, 2016, Issue

Race and Trumpism

Prejudice is an inadequate explanation of the election

In September, Zack Beauchamp penned a long essay for Vox entitled “White Riot: How Racism and Immigration Gave Us Trump, Brexit, and a Whole New Kind of Politics.” Fiddling with a heap of sociological data purporting to show a strong correlation between “racial resentment” and right-wing voting, Beauchamp announced that “racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia” are what unite “far-right politicians and their supporters on both sides of the Atlantic” — “far right,” in the case of the United States, being Donald J. Trump.

Beauchamp’s was one of the more substantive contributions to what long ago became liberals’ preferred explanation for Trump’s inexplicable

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