After 1/6, it’s gotten harder to talk about why America needs to do more for the rural white working class. Can they meet the rest of us half way, by dumping Trump and picking some other champion?
Heather Cox Richardson, a historian of 19th-century America with a popular daily politics blog, argues that today’s conservatives owe a large debt to yesterday’s Confederates.
Jane Kleeb thinks that Democrats shouldn’t reject rural white voters as racists and dupes because they voted for Trump. Give them a choice beyond the lesser of two evils, and those voters will be open to a pro-rural left.
America has a race problem, and it’s as bad as it ever was. But talking about racism and hatred won’t help. We need to go deeper, writes Isabel Wilkerson.
It’s a mistake to dismiss rural white voters who swung from Obama to Trump as racists or dupes. Their economy shows that rural white people have good reason to distrust Democrats.
Ezra Klein explains the partisanship that allows Republicans to put party before country by embracing Trump. But he says that Democrats aren’t much different in the ways they oppose Trump.