Explaining Trump, Explaining Us

Tim Porter
3 min readOct 27, 2021

Bookshelf — Wildland, The Making of America’s Fury, Evan Osnos

Immediately after Donald Trump got elected in 2016, friends from other countries like Mexico, Venezuela, or Spain asked me: How did this happen? How could Americans vote for such a thuggish clown?

I never developed a succinct answer from the many factors that put Trump in the White House:

· working-class white backlash to Obama and the related fear in White America to the browning of the nation;