VAL 2016 | Arga väljare är lite som desperate människor – oförutsägbara. Donald Trump har som ingen annan lyckats känna in deras frustration.
Enligt Freddy Gray på The Spectator, tidigare även på American Conservative, är fenomenet Trump också ett unikt amerikanskt fenomen.
Ronald Reagan wooed America with sunny optimism. From the offset, Donald Trump has offered something much darker. He began his presidential campaign on 16 June by declaring that the ‘American dream is dead.’ He said that the country was being run by ‘losers’. ‘We have people that don’t have it,’ he said. ‘We have people that are morally corrupt. We have people that are selling this country down the drain.’ He insisted that only he, Donald J. Trump, had what it took ‘to make America great again’.
This was not ‘Morning in America’; more Midnight in America. Trump’s pitch was gloom, insults and arrogance. Strangely enough, however, that turned out to be exactly what millions of American voters wanted to hear. By trashing the United States and comparing his country unfavourably to himself, Trump tapped into something deep and powerful in the American psyche.
But the Trump phenomenon is also uniquely American because it is uniquely angry. Trump’s greatest political asset is his rage at the broken promise of America. His ferocious denunciations of politicians and the media reflect the mood of the old American middle class, who increasingly feel that living in the greatest country in the world is not what it was cracked up to be. He appeals to the children of those aspirational Reagan voters who feel abandoned by globalisation and betrayed by Washington. In the 20th century, anger against ‘the system’ was mostly expressed through the American left. It was mixed up with civil rights activism and minority politics. But in the 2000s and early 2010s, what the American anthropologist Peter Wood called ‘the new anger’ moved across the political spectrum — and started to take over the soul of the Republican party.
Angry voters don’t have time for details. They just want someone to share their frustration, even if that person is himself a grotesque example of a global elite that has grown richer as average American incomes stagnate. Trump was born rich, and has grown even richer outsourcing jobs to China and Mexico. But his supporters don’t care. On the contrary, as Trump repeatedly tells them, he’s got so much money he can’t be bought — unlike those politicians in Washington.
Tidskriftsomslag: The Spectator, 23 januari 2016.