Donald Trump and America’s “second Civil War”

“Despite everyone calling him a fascist, Donald Trump may have more in common with Jefferson Davis than he does with Benito Mussolini,” as the Huffington Post is reporting.

‘“What we’re seeing [with Trump’s rise] is what I would call the second Civil War,’ Steve Ross, a history professor at the University of Southern California, told The Huffington Post.

“It’s not that all of Trump’s supporters want to own slaves or secede from the United States. But they can see their political clout disappearing, and are responding by supporting an extremist movement.

“’In 1860, Abraham Lincoln wins the presidential election and for the first time in American history a president can get elected without getting a single electoral vote from the South,’ Ross said.

“Southerners could see the writing on the wall: a future in which the North could keep electing presidents without them, and eventually outlaw slavery — either through Congress or the Supreme Court.

“So Southern states seceded from the union, launching what Ross and other historians have termed a ‘pre-emptive counter-revolution.’ Looking at demographic trends today, Ross sees some white voters are making a similar calculation.

“’What you have is the kind of pre-emptive anger of a certain part of the white population that understands within the next decade or two, Anglo-WASP America — white Anglo-Saxon America — is going to be a minority in this country,’ Ross said. ‘And they’re angry about that. And so Trump is the leader, he’s the Jefferson Davis of his own time.””

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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6 Responses to Donald Trump and America’s “second Civil War”

  1. John Stoos says:

    If this was a “White revolt” you would see Trump doing better in a broader range of areas, but this certainly does explain why Senator Cruz has not been as strong in the deep south as many pundits expected him to be.
    Jeff I hope you and the family have a blessed Easter!

  2. stevefrisch says:

    Interesting report from the Center for American Progress claiming that donation made to Richard Mack’s group the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, of some Nevada County infamy and once supported by our Sheriff Keith Royal, goes directly into Richard Mack’s personal Paypal account.

  3. Don Pelton says:

    Interesting. As you mention, Ross says “What you have is the kind of pre-emptive anger of a certain part of the white population that understands within the next decade or two, Anglo-WASP America — white Anglo-Saxon America — is going to be a minority in this country,”

    There are probably some people who’s anger is “pre-emptive” but in my experience anger more often arises out of a sense of grievance from wounds already suffered. My sense is that the Trump demographic largely consists of unemployed, underemployed and displaced white blue-collar workers, whose wages have been flat ever since Reagan declared war on the unions and a succession of administrations since then, both Democratic and Republican, have done little to remedy the growing inequality and flat real wages and increasing death rates suffered by that class. In that sense their anger is righteous, but it is also amplified by racism and nativism. “Pre-emptive anger,” to the extent that it exists, is driven by this more fundamental sense of grievance.

    This article supports my point:

    Death predicts whether people vote for Donald Trump

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