Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View – August 23, 2016
You can argue about when the contemporary era of white male reaction in American politics began. But surely May 8, 1970, four days after National Guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State University, deserves a hearing.
Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times – August 18, 2016
Donald J. Trump’s support among white men, the linchpin of his presidential campaign, is showing surprising signs of weakness that could foreclose his only remaining path to victory in November.
Gregory Holyk, ABC News – August 16, 2016
A potentially record-breaking gap in preference between two groups — college-educated white women for Hillary Clinton and non-college-educated white men for Donald Trump — is one of the most striking features of in the 2016 presidential race.
William H. Frey, Brookings Institution – August 16, 2016
Much has been written about white working-class men this political cycle because they represent the voting base on which Republican candidate Donald Trump largely depends. Yet recent polling suggests that another demographic segment – white college-educated women – could be his Achilles heel. I have calculated just how many votes it would cost him if white college-educated women vote the way they have stated they will in recent polls. If the polls are accurate, even a supersized turnout of working-class white men would not be nearly enough for Trump to win the election.
Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine – August 7, 2016
While the blaming of an anticipated loss on voter fraud is certainly not exclusive to this election cycle — Google “Diebold” and “2004” — the language used by Trump and his allies, the language of delegitimization, is especially telling, and potentially powerful, in a race against the first woman ever nominated for the presidency. It channels a conviction that has deep roots in our culture: A woman could never really win, not over a man. Her purported victory must, on some level, be inauthentic — whether because she cheated or because she shouldn’t have been allowed to compete in the first place.
Kasie Hunt, NBC News – August 4, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is riding high. Polls show she’s way ahead with women, minorities and college educated voters — a coalition that’s fundamentally large and strong enough to send her to the White House. But Donald Trump is a wild card of a candidate if there ever was one. So as her campaign looks to the election’s final 90 days, cementing her victory in November is becoming all about one group of voters: White men who haven’t gone to college.
Lynn Vavreck, New York Times – August 2, 2016
Many people believe that Donald Trump is about to remake the Republican Party. His unconventional appeal among alienated working-class and middle-class Americans who are drawn to populism, nativism and protectionism — most of whom are white — has led to speculation that he is not just reshaping the party but possibly even expanding it. The party is changing, but data from this election and the previous two suggest that some of the changes have little to do with Mr. Trump expanding the party. Mr. Trump may instead be helping Hillary Clinton expand the Democratic Party, reshaping his own party by shrinking it.
Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times – August 1, 2016
In her first general election road trip after accepting the Democratic nomination for president, when she took stock of her historic feat as “my mother’s daughter and my daughter’s mother,” Mrs. Clinton rumbled by bus through the heart of the white male resistance.
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic – July 26, 2016
The Democratic Party’s emphasis on race and gender is compelling to many voters—but it may not accord with the experience of many who are struggling.
Nate Cohn, New York Times – July 26, 2016
The list of voting groups generally alienated by Donald J. Trump is long: Hispanics, women, the young, the college educated and more. How is it that he’s in such a close race with Hillary Clinton? The answer lies with a group that still represented nearly half of all voters in 2012: white voters without a college degree, and particularly white men without a degree.