Donald Trump’s Tampa Office Is an Unlikely Melting Pot – NYT

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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    For a campaign frequently depicted as offering a rallying point for the white working class, the people volunteering to help Mr. Trump here are noteworthy for their ethnic diversity.

    A media that was more interested in being self-reflective in a meaningful way (ie one that wanted to learn from its mistakes) instead of being self-reflective in a solipsistic way (one that is obsessed with psuedo-sophistication) might be self-aware to point out that the depictions of Trump as “a rallying point for the white working class” largely come from the media itself.

    Members of the media are forever being surprised when the facts of the real world conflict with some media narrative. What does that tell you about members of the media?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to j r
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      The “white working class voter” does hold with the exit polls, to an extent. It does falsely suggest his support is narrow and deep when it fact it’s more broad and shallow, though.

      I was thinking about this earlier and I have four open Trump fans on Twitter that I regularly engage with (that I can name off the top of my head): One black, one Asian-American, one Jewish, and one WWCV. (My Twitter feed is not exactly representative, to be sure, but I found that interesting when I thought about it.)Report

      • Avatar j r in reply to Will Truman
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        That is exactly my point. Trump is a populist, that much is obvious. And he’s a populist with a record of scapegoating certain ethnic minority groups, so it’s perfectly reasonable to think about him as a rallying point for white working class voters… if you’re righting something from six months ago.

        So, that’s the question: why does the media have such a hard time reconciling old narratives with present facts? Perhaps because the contemporary media is much more interested in narratives than it is in facts.Report

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