To understand Trump, study Milo. “Akash Wasil in the Harvard Political Review writes that the rapid rise of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos can help explain the concurrent rise of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. Like Trump, Milo has “attracted followers that feel silenced, ignored and invalidated by the left.””
“Most Democrats don’t understand that politics is more like religion than it is like shopping.” If you think of politics in terms of benefits or self interest rather than in terms of a general feeling that resonates with one’s internal sense of self, and right and wrong, then you also miss the point. If you focus on Trump’s words or his style, or more generally look at things only on their face, then you’ll fail to understand what’s going on.
Trump has tapped into a genuine and pent up feeling of moral wrong shared by millions of people that’s been not merely unexpressed by political leadership but ridiculed by the left, especially by its leaders, and among them especially by Obama, for years.
The real root cause of the divisiveness we see in America today is Obama and the left’s cluelessness; its utter tone deafness (i.e., “fundamentally transform”) patronizing condescension (i.e., “cling t their guns and their religion”), and general air of smug condescension, toward millions upon millions of people Obama supposedly represents but instead obviously reviles.
In Trump those people finally, after decades if not centuries of being unfairly and inaccurately depicted as hicks, rubes, and ingrates, feel they have a voice. His words and style are practically immaterial.
The left blaming Trump for political divisiveness is a textbook example of the pot calling the kettle black. To see the real root cause the left needs to look in the mirror.