As late as July , a majority of Republican voters doubted that Barack Obama had been born in the United States, which is to say they did not view him as a legitimate president. This definition of political correctness was shocking coming from a politician of the left. For weeks, the senator from Utah had sat silently in the impeachment trial alongside his 99 colleagues, reviewing the evidence at night and praying for guidance. The latter were servile and parasitic, dim-witted and lazy, the children of African savagery. So when white pundits cast the elevation of Trump as the handiwork of an inscrutable white working class, they are being too modest, declining to claim credit for their own economic class. This was a matter of rhetoric, not fact.
Penny. Age: 29.
No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit.
Bridget. Age: 21.
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But when white workers suffer, something in nature has gone awry. This notion—raceless antiracism—marks the modern left, from the New Democrat Bill Clinton to the socialist Bernie Sanders. Speaking in , Senator John C. Incorporating all of this into an analysis of America and the path forward proved too much to ask.