Media outlets rushed out to call the election a victory for “whiteness” as President-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 election Tuesday night.
Many outlets attributed Trump’s win to a return to white supremacy and a victory for “whiteness.”
Jamelle Bouie, a chief political correspondent at Slate, wrote that Trump promised a return to white authority for whites in America.
“After eight years of a black president—after eight years in which cosmopolitan America asserted its power and its influence, eight years in which women leaned in and blacks declared that their lives mattered—millions of white Americans said enough. They had their fill of this world and wanted the old one back,” Bouie wrote in a piece titled “White Won.”
Trump won the presidency because he “resonated with white America,” according to New York Daily News writer Shaun King.
“Endorsed by the KKK, favored by David Duke, beloved by neo-Nazis and white supremacist publications everywhere, Trump resonated so much with white America that they elected him President of the United States,” King maintained.
A New York Magazine article declared that Trump’s rise made it absolutely clear that white America still exists.
“We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is still a white America, and not exclusively red-state or blue-collar, that will fight to the end to retain its ancestral status over the non-white Americas rising all around it in a fearsome new century,” wrote Frank Rich.
A Guardian article declared that white supremacy triumphed in the presidential election. Trump won, not because of the “white working class,” but because many U.S citizens had white supremacy lurking in their souls.
“Donald Trump has won the presidency – not because of the “white working class”, but because millions of middle-class and educated US citizens reached into their soul and found there, after all its conceits were stripped away, a grinning white supremacist. Plus untapped reserves of misogyny,” Paul Mason wrote.
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