In a New York Times op-ed Thursday, Charles M. Blow said there’s a good reason Donald Trump has been able to survive campaign snafus that would have destroyed any other candidate: Racism.
“He appeals to something deeper, something baser: Fear,” wrote Blow. “His whole campaign slogan, ‘Make America Great Again,’ is in fact an inverted admission of loss – lost primacy, lost privilege, lost prestige.
“And who feels that they have lost the most? White men.”
Blow goes on to note statistics we’ve all seen by now, which show that Trump – while struggling to match Hillary Clinton in many demographics – is cleaning up with white men without a college degree. To Blow, this is proof that Trump’s entire campaign is supported by fearful racists to whom “making America great again” means doing something about all of those pesky brown people.
“He appeals to a regressive, patriarchal American whiteness in which white men prospered, in part because racial and ethnic minorities, to say nothing of women as a whole, were undervalued and underpaid, if not excluded altogether,” he wrote.
According to him, Trump staples like the Mexican wall and the ban on Muslim immigration are not meant literally. Rather, they are metaphors for what uneducated white Americans really want, which is to restore the country to a time when they ruled the roost without challenge.
“In their minds, whether explicitly or implicitly, America is white, Christian, straight and male-dominated,” he wrote. “If you support Trump, you are on some level supporting his bigotry and racism. You don’t get to have a puppy and not pick up the poop.”
There is no “bigotry and racism” connected with Donald Trump, no matter how many New York liberals declare otherwise. But since we’ve belabored that point a thousand times over the last year, let’s talk about the deeper insinuation in Blow’s column, which is that white men have no right to coalesce around a political candidate.
Where were all the New York Times columns questioning the motives behind black supporters of Barack Obama? Why is it that every racial and ethnic group in the country is entitled to act as a hivemind except whites? Why is it that whites – and ONLY whites – are required to reject any candidate who might represent their interests?
To be a racist or a bigot ten or fifteen years ago, you actually had to do something racist or bigoted.
Today, just being a white conservative is enough.