Jared Yates Sexton texted the following from within the crowd at Donald Trump’s rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 18th. This was Trump’s first rally since his staff shakeup which put Stephen Bannon of Breitbart in charge. Sexton’s powerful reporting should give pause to anyone who thinks Trump’s campaign is simply another excercise in conservative Republican politics.
For those who dismiss Sexton, we have included New York Times video from within earlier Trump rallies that verifies the level of angry rhetoric Sexton is reporting. Its posted right below his tweets.
If we have learned anything from history, it is this. Movements like Trump’s can sweep nations as divided as ours into the darkness of violent authoritarian dictatorship. Think it can’t happen here? Think again. And equally challenging? Sexton’s chillingly simple observations reveals Trump’s long list of scapegoats. These are the people he will blame should he fail to win the White House. Its a list which includes millions of us.
Which raises two questions: 1) What happens if he wins? And equally concerning: 2) What happens if he loses?
There is a reason why Trump’s message of anger and division is resonating. Trump’s supporters are part of a huge population that has been “left behind” in the current economic recovery. If we don’t address their very real underemployment issues, Trump’s angry supporters will continue to divide us long after he is gone.
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For those who might be seeking confirmation of Sexton’s observations, the New York Times has published video confirming what Sexton and others have reported.
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