It was a pleasant surprise to read an article from s sociologist which takes a reasonable and objective view of Trump supporters. As a Brit, looking on from the outside, I have been appalled, throughout the 2016 campaign and since, by the bigoted attitudes of ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ as they dismissed people who voted for Trump as ignorant, poorly educated, low information voters. Excellent article Francesca.
My experience in exchanges through comment threads with both Trump and Clinton supporters, was that while, inevitably, a small proportion of Trump supporters were not well informed and were simply voting for “Not Hillary,” most were quite well informed, aware of the political and economic issues, and were in many cases not greatly impressed with The Donald as candidate but were voting against Washington, against military interventions in foreign nations that posed no threat to the US, against the elevation of minorities at the expense of the majority.
On the other hand I and many others who pointed to the flawed nature of the Democrat’s candidate and her campaign were subjected to irrational hate attacks, the content of which could be summed up as “There is only one acceptable set of opinions.”
I did not get involved with the religious aspects of the campaign, but on the one occasion when commenting that the demands of some Clinton supporters for abortion on demand up to 974 weeks after conception were not reasonable, all the replies (and there were a lot) accused me of ‘wanting to deny women’s right to choose’ suggesting that a lot of these highly educated, well informed, politically enlightened, morally superior liberals hadn’t managed to work out what I had suggested.