Trump’s Rapture

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1KTWT

Listen to this Radio Open Source show, a WBUR weekly show, on the belief of Trump’s followers in a secular Rapture led by him.


3 responses to “Trump’s Rapture

  1. Sometimes when I read and listen to reports like this I wonder if we’re not thinking this through…and…possibly…in too big a hurry to apply the result of economic and cultural disenfranchisement and alienation of one class, in one or two regions, to a broad…maybe too broad…scale.

    I’m not calling shit down on Hochschild’s work. I’ve read some of it and it’s compelling. But I do think likening populist fervor to a “secular rapture” is a mistake. There’s a lot more going on in popular support for Trump than a quasi-religious connection to “his rebuke of corruption, civility, multiculturalism, and (especially) feminism.” One could apply the same quasi-religious description to Clinton supporters, especially among women, and it would be equally careless.

    It’s really easy to back into the “deplorables” or “basement dwellers” rationalizations that don’t actually explain the outlier/populist phenomenon that is affecting all political camps in this election cycle. Remember: Trump could win, or lose, this election if just one demographic fails to turnout at the polls in just one or two key States. It could easily be that close. Bush v. Gore close. One State.

    • That’s an interesting response to this. I hadn’t thought of that, if we’re maybe taking one demographic’s dis-satisfaction too much to heart. Those folks deserve to be heard, sure, but not to the point where we completely ignore the rest.

      • “Secular rapture” sounds like an intellectual smackdown. It’s obvious that blind faith plays a significant role in politicians’ support matrix. But the religious connotation marginalizes other factors at play, especially when focusing on just one demographic and one region as an example.

        Trump’s support is broader than that. Winning the nomination proved it.

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