We need to keep repeating this because we cannot afford the cost of being blindsided by it: This is what happens when a culture of white supremacy, perpetually promised the fat that American consumerism skims off the globe, learns it is fucked for good.
For months now, while gatekeeper pundits have gamely tried to shush worries about the Trump phenomenon, others of us have kept saying that we oughtn't underestimate the beast he has loosed. Millions of white Americans, raised to believe they will inherit whiteness as it has been traditionally understood -- if we work hard and stay out of jail, people like us will do all right no matter what happens to those frigging other people -- are feeling today's corporate boot in the teeth. The one where whiteness isn't worth squat if you can't buy yourself up out of of the hole. American plutocracy has gone feral, wild with power bereft of a sense of planning beyond even the next decade, and a certain swath of beached white Americans are losing their minds.
These are Donald Trump's people. The traditional corporate politics aimed at their demographic, with rehearsed phalanxes of Senator Silverhairs mouthing coded tag lines about farms and good solid white people, is worse than useless. It spits in their faces. They don't run the economy and they know it; they are no longer in charge of the culture in an increasingly brown country in a brown world and they know it; they are nobody's boss in a pecking order of predator bosses and they know it.
Adolf Hitler worked this mob when Germany hit the skids and a proudly privileged nation suddenly saw a loser when it looked at itself in the mirror. That is how privilege works: If you are no longer in charge, you are a loser. Demagogues bank on it. Trump is cashing in.
Stop being afraid to talk about this. This is early-stage fascism. A significant number of under-powered, under-employed white Americans will trade in their illusion of democracy for a return to a feeling that they are a part of the ruling force.
It is time to face it and fight it.