PhD candidate in history, Polish Academy of Sciences, Archivist, Graduate of the Leadership School of the Freedom Institute, writes at researchteacher.com on Polish and American history and current affairs.
Whether or not Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States, he has irreversibly changed the American political system. His unabashedly pro-American message has resonated strongly among millions of citizens, encompassing a majority of Republicans as well as Independents and Democrats, many of whom haven't voted in years, if ever.
He has made immigration and foreign trade deals central to his campaign and attacked political correctness head on.
Trump's approach to politics is decidedly novel in American history. His energetic rallies are attended by thousands of people. Twenty seven million followers on social media give him a direct channel to his supporters, bypassing the mass media. He has made immigration and foreign trade deals central to his campaign and attacked political correctness head on.
The social forces he is tapping into however are not new. The bulk of his support is from the middle class, the members of which can broadly be described as Middle Americans. This distinct group is predominantly white and blue-collar, but also (based on recent polling) encompasses larger proportion of ethnic minorities including blacks, Hispanics and Asians than any other Republican candidate has ever managed.
This election is at its core a referendum on what America's national identity will be.
Middle Americans feel a strong sense that they've been dispossessed from the country that they live in through the machinations of a cosmopolitan elite. Their jobs have been outsourced or downscaled, their culture, history and traditions are under assault from a globalist-progressive ideology that increasingly pervades daily life, while immigration has dramatically shifted the demographics of the country making it unrecognizably different from what it was just a generation ago. This election is at its core a referendum on what America's national identity will be.
The movement that Donald Trump is leading isn't merely in opposition to Hillary Clinton. It is a revolt against a bi-partisan political establishment that appears increasingly indifferent, if not outright hostile, to the values and issues that its supporters hold dear. We are witnessing a paradigm shift in American political life that will resonate long after this campaign is over. If Donald Trump wins the presidency and is able to enact even part of his campaign promises, America will undergo seismic changes that will be felt across the world. To his supporters, Trump is their champion who is finally willing to defend their interests and those of the American nation.
Much has been written about why Americans support Donald Trump. The subject will be debated for years among academics, sociologists and pundits. The best source of information however is the most obvious one, the people themselves. For the purposes of better understanding the Trump phenomenon and the issues motivating it, and hopefully explaining it to Poles who are often puzzled by it, I asked a number of Americans the simple question: Why do you support Donald Trump for president of the United States?
John Marini, Donald Trump and the American Crisis
Read Freedom Institute Bulletin: "Why Americans Support Donald Trump"
fot. Gage Skidmore