Tonight is starting to feel like a victory for Donald Trump and his campaign against the establishment, but for a lot of people, as CNN pundit and former Obama administration official Van Jones explained in stirring comments, it’s a “nightmare” thought for many who have felt as though they were picked upon, maligned, or otherwise targeted by Trump’s rhetoric and the hatred of some of his supporters.
Trump’s voters are reacting to a great and sweeping anger. They feel left out of the American dream as jobs get shipped overseas, and that’s something that we can all empathize with. But some of that anger is, doubtlessly, as Jones points out, a response to the progress we’ve seen over these last few years. America is more diverse now. Gay marriage is the law of the land. We elected a black man to be president twice and nominated a woman to pursue that job for the first time. This all scares the sh*t out of some people and this “movement” has felt tailor-made for them at times. The effect of this is that Jones has Muslim friends asking him if they should leave the country and he’s wondering how to explain the rise of Donald Trump to children when he has, at times, embodied the kinds of things that we all teach our kids to be better than.