Here’s a common news narrative: Donald Trump won the presidency because he spoke to Americans who had been economically left behind.
In this week’s top read, editor Paul Fanlund argued that economics, “while a legitimate issue, employed in part as a facade.” Trump’s popularity has always been about the politics of race and gender, he wrote.
“For these past 17 months, white progressives have been figuratively staring at our shoes, scolded and dressed down for allegedly condescending to whites without college degrees who had been left behind by automation and globalization and whose prospects were grim. They have legitimate grievances, we were told, and progressives failed to listen,” he said.
That never sat right with Fanlund, and his views were backed up by a recent analysis from the University of Massachusetts that found “while economic considerations were an important part of the story, racial attitudes and sexism were much more strongly related to support for Trump.”
Another top read this week explored the female-managed campaigns of Democrats running for governor. Of nine serious campaigns, seven are run by women, political reporter Jessie Opoien wrote.
“These networks have been so male-dominated that from election to election, this guy is telling his buddy, ‘These guys worked for me last time,’” said Rutgers political scientist Kelly Dittmar. “It’s hard to break into that. So hopefully what we see this cycle is as more women gain these positions, they not only are looked to and tapped in future elections, but perhaps they also lift up other women.”
Other top reads this week included a taste of a new dumpling restaurant on State Street, an analysis of what Paul Ryan’s retirement means for his district and a Democratic “Where’s Walker?” ad campaign.
Here are the top 10 reads on CapTimes.com from Sunday, April 8 to Saturday, April 14:
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