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Did Racial Tension Help Get Trump Elected?

Other factors allowed Trump to win

Whites voted Trump to secure their status

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The assertion that race or racism was a major factor in President Trump getting elected is flawed, believes Musa al-Gharbi of The American Conservative. There are many theories in academic circles that link his rise to white supremacism, but this doesn’t reflect reality. If anything, Trump’s identity politics hurt his support among white people. A major factor in his victory were the failures of Hillary Clinton, who alienated voters with her rigidity and loyalty to the political establishment. The most decisive votes that got Trump into the White House came from states that voted for Obama. Ethnic tensions were not the reason he won.

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One of the biggest factors behind President Trump winning the 2016 election was anxiety by white Americans about their status in the country, suggests Chauncey Devega of Salon. Seeing that other groups were being empowered, whites feared that this would trim away at their advantages, even though this is unrealistic. America’s waning dominance in the world contributed to these worries. Particularly white people, Christians, men and conservatives feared discrimination. Theories of Trump thriving thanks to economic anxiety ignore the fact that he succeeded the most with wealthy white voters. His success was built on racial tension.

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