FLASHBACK: Libs Fret Over Fear Of Violence From “Conservative Males” If Hillary Beats Trump…
From November 1, 2016:
On Tuesday, Paul Waldman warned in a Washington Post op-ed of the “outbreak of conservative male grievance” that is sure to plague the country if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins the election next week.
Comparing Clinton critics’ sexism with Obama critics’ racism, Waldman writes, “The people who make up the core of Trump’s support are unhappy about the social changes that have displaced them from their position atop the social hierarchy.”
First, Waldman notes, social whiteness was displaced by Obama’s presidency. Now, add the layer of gender to the mix, and it is not only whiteness that is being displaced, but white masculinity.
“It’s no accident that at the end of [Obama’s] term you saw the Republican Party nominate a white nationalist candidate essentially promising to restore the old order,” Waldman explains.
If there is anything Trump has done over the course of his campaign, it is pulling his white male supporters together. In fact, white men are one of the only demographics that Trump has not isolated.
Throughout his campaign, the GOP nominee has effectively marginalized Mexicans, undocumented immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, women, survivors of sexual assault, and those with intersecting identities.
While it’s hard to know at this point how white male Trump supporters will absolutely respond in the case of a Clinton presidency, it seems likely that they would push to restore dominant white patriarchal social structures that they feel are under fire.