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Before Donald Trump‘s reality show supplanted usual protocol for presidential elections this summer, he would have been eliminated as soon as he entered the race because of his xenophobic comments.
But he has apparently touched a nerve among Republicans voters, who want to make “America Great Again,” as his campaign slogan goes. The latest results show Trump leading national polls and surveys of early voting states.
Indeed, Trump’s slogan is a not so veiled barb at the browning of America, which means that the White population is be overtaken by people of color. The U.S. Census says an estimated 50.2 percent of all children in the U.S. are expected to be non-White by 2020, the result of falling birth rates among Whites and rising rates among immigrant groups.
And the Trumps of America are fearful of being outnumbered, which is why his candidacy is playing well among mostly White Republican voters.
In recent days, the real estate mogul has endorsed his supporters’ attack of a Black activist at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., and tweeted a neo-Nazi graphic of murder statistics that is patently racist and inaccurate.
Before that, he advocated for creating a database for Syrian refugees, surveilling mosques, and reinstating waterboarding. He kicked off his presidential campaign over the summer by insulting illegal Mexican immigrants, accusing them of being “rapists” and criminals.
The Reverends Emmett G. Price III, a professor of music at Northeastern University, and the author of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture, and Irene Monroe, a syndicated religion columnist, boiled it down like this during their regular Monday feature, All Revved Up, on Boston Public Radio:
According to Monroe, Trump speaks to a particular group, a “fearful electorate” who worries primarily about change in America. “They’re fearful, can they keep their guns?” Monroe said. “They’re fearful of the browning of America, they still think that our president is a Manchurian Muslim, so we have here a man who has done masterfully to capitalize on the fear of a particular population.”
This incident in Alabama—a town with a significant role in the American civil rights movement— brings up haunting memories, Monroe says. “If you’re down in Alabama, and you’re at an all-white gathering, and it’s the confederate down there, I can’t help but think that you see what we’d call a postmodern confederacy, or Klan meeting?”
According to Monroe, none of the GOP candidates have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. “The first person who came close to even uttering anything was Rand Paul,” she said. “He said what we’ve been trying to explain to people; yes, all lives matter, but we’re looking at the way in which black folks are systematically discriminated against.”
But the fear of offending men and women of color, whose votes he needs to be elected president, has not stopped Trump, who is being slammed on social media.
Why do you think Republican voters are so supportive of Trump and do you think that he will win the nomination? Sound off…
SOURCE: Boston Public Radio| PHOTO CREDIT: Getty