White working class voters are now strongly "populist" - which is to me means racist and xenophobic. But they carried the election (thanks to our unrepresentative system) for a minority candidate.
How to right that ship is the most vexing problem for liberals.
Why do more than 60% of white working class voters think that discrimination against whites is a bigger problem than that against African Americans or Hispanic Americans? Can such attitudes be changed? Obama had some success with his we're all in this together message. The problem grows in severity as Trump "normalizes" blatant racism. - gwc
Opinion | The 2016 Exit Polls Led Us to Misinterpret the 2016 Election - The New York Times
by Thomas Edsall