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    This was a close election. If people keep up dismissing real economic despair, next one won't be. I'm from Turkey. I've seen this movie.

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    This ignores large swing to Trump from under $30K group. Trump fused ethno-supremacy with economic populism. Ignore that at your own peril.

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    All the sneering at "economic anxiety"? All the finding of pics of awful racists and labeling it "economic anxiety"? Self-induced blindness.

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    Of course there is a resurgence of racism—an explicit nationalism based on ethno-supremacy. HE TIED IT TO ECONOMIC REVIVAL. This is potent.

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    "But unemployment numbers are low" people need to look at the kinds of jobs people hold. Their fears for the future. Drive outside a city.

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    Anti-racism & protecting vulnerable groups is the priority. I'm an immigrant from Middle East and I work with refugees. I will double down.

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    But globalization, de-industrialization and tech-fueled change wiped out stability from large swathes of US. Sneering at this is ridiculous.

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    I keep correcting this about Turkey. Erdogan runs a populist government. Expanded the welfare state for groups who felt culturally maligned.

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    Trump likely not as talented as Erdogan as a politician. There is no realignment... yet. This is still the country that elected Obama.

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    Keep this up & there will be a realignment. Trumpism will create its Erdogan. It's a a global wave. Opposition incompetence big part of it.

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    This isn't a call to ignore the obvious and resurgent racism. It's to understand that the committed green frogs are a small minority.

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    Stop normalizing the worst of the racists by sneering at very real economic concerns, using totalizing language that lumps it all together.

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    Not just because of feelings. Because you will lose. And lose. And lose. Erdogan on his way to fifth election—will win a super-majority.

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    Trump tied economic populism to "whitelash". If you want to win, you tie economic justice to anti-racist coalitions. twitter.com/CeCe_23Spaldin…

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    Absolutely. Voter suppression was real. To oppose it: organize to show up for mid-terms to elect state legislatures. twitter.com/sluggahjells/s…

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    Not be nice to racists. Create coalitions that are anti-racist & economic-justice oriented, peel away people to it. twitter.com/CoralSeason8/s…

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    Passing around charts (that you are reading wrong) to dismiss role of economic despair/populism in Trump? Factiness. nathanjurgenson.com/post/152938927…

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    I do not mean to trivialize it. I fear dismissing economic issues is conceding them to white supremacist politics. twitter.com/Disruptia/stat…

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    Of course not. What I'm railing against is self-induced blindness to realities of the (razor-thin) Trump coalition. twitter.com/sarahleah1/sta…

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    Except that non-white despairing people did not vote for trump and his bag of hatred. And btw majority of whites voting for trump r wealthy

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    Something I heard often from Trump supporters; also academic research long showed. R base wants gov't to help them. twitter.com/Jimmyvalentime…

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    They (wrongly) think that minorities (and now refugees) get a lot of government help, instead of them. That's been the propaganda at them.

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    No idea if Sanders could have won. This was a razor-thin election. Clinton almost won. There is no realignment. Yet. twitter.com/CoralSeason8/s…

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    I can't RT this enough. "Data journalism" has misled lots of people, as they developed their "factiness" over truth. nathanjurgenson.com/post/152938927…

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    You can't understand the very real economic despair of much of US with unemployment numbers just like you can't measure racism with polls.

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    I keep saying it's a razor-thin coalition, and if people keep dismissing the most peelable portion, it will grow. twitter.com/berkfran/statu…

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    Also, Trump lost ~half of white women, won half. (Polls have margin of error). All the articles are "Trump won white women!" Self-sabotage.

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    Trump got huge 16% swing from under $30K voters. And 10% who APPROVE of Obama voted for Trump: nationally 5%. Margin in razor-thin election.

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