Why Trump's Still Here

Christopher Parker
Christopher Parker

Many people were surprised by Donald Trump’s resilience during the 2016 Presidential primary. Not Christopher Parker, who predicted Trump’s nomination early on. Parker, associate professor of political science and Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice, sums up the Republican nominee’s success in three words: scared white people.

“As an academic, this election is interesting,” says Christopher Parker. “As a citizen, it’s downright scary.”

“Anxiety and anger have always managed to mobilize the aggrieved,” says Parker. “Trump managed to mobilize enough scared white folk to win the nomination. No surprise there. After all, the Tea Party mobilized enough...

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